Klumpke's Palsy

Does Your Child Suffer From This Type Of Paralysis?

Klumpke’s palsy, also called Klumpke's paralysis and Dejerine-Klumpke, is a type of paralysis that can occur at birth and be caused by physician error, tumors, trauma, contact sports, etc. This type of paralysis affects the patient’s muscles in their forearm and hand, and its effects can range from partial to complete immobility depending on the injury. The damage occurs when the eighth cervical nerve and first thoracic nerve in the brachial plexus are injured. If your doctor’s actions caused this injury to occur during delivery, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit and seek compensation for your child’s injuries.

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Our Chicago birth injury attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. have spent their professional lives providing injured victims and their families with the dedicated and experienced legal representation they need to secure the compensation they deserve. Our firm understands what it takes to navigate these types of cases, and will work with you in order to ensure that you understand what you need to do every step of the way. Contact our firm to learn more about what we can do to help you.

What Can Cause Klumpke’s Palsy?

This type of injury is often caused by a difficult birth when the child’s shoulders cannot easily pass through the birth canal, which is commonly referred to as a shoulder dystocia. This can be caused by larger than average birth weight, prolonged labor, use of a vacuum, or small maternal statute. There are a number of potential treatment options that a doctor can use to prevent and avoid this injury, but if your medical provider negligently causes harm to your child during delivery, you may be able to pursue legal options to secure compensation. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recognizes four types of neurologic injuries that are associated with Klumpke’s Palsy and Brachial Plexus Injury:

  • Neuropraxia: The nerves suffered some damage, but did not tear.
  • Neuroma: The nerves were torn and healed, but the scar tissue that formed puts pressure on the nerves and prevents them from functioning exactly as intended.
  • Rupture: The nerves were torn at a location other than where they connect to the spinal cord.
  • Avulsion: The nerves were torn from where they connect to the spinal cord.

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If your child suffered a serious birth injury like Klumpke's Palsy, it’s important to hire the right legal representation to help you protect your rights. At Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., we have worked with countless injured victims and their families to secure them the maximum compensation possible, and will work with you to ensure that you secure the legal outcome you need. Start out with a free case evaluation by filling out our online form today, or speak with one of our Chicago birth injury lawyers over the phone by calling us at (312) 313-0202.