What Is Brachial Plexus and How Does It Occur?

There are many types of birth injuries involving the brain that impacts how the child develops. However, there are also types of injuries that cause harm to the muscles of the baby, like Brachial Plexus injuries.

Brachial Plexus is an injury to the group of nerves (including the spinal cord) in the neck that travel down the arm. Many of these types of injuries may be considered minor, but others can result in the individual completely losing the ability to use their arm.

Understanding what causes brachial plexus is important, especially when you consider that this condition can be a result of serious negligence. Here are some of the potential causes of Brachial Plexus and what you can do to hold a negligent party accountable.


Typically, the nerves that are damaged are impacted in one of three ways – this can include stretching, cutting, or applying significant pressure.

  • Stretching: This occurs during labor when the delivery process has complications and the doctor attempts to pull the baby out. This could stretch the nerves significantly.
  • Cutting: This can happen if the stretching is severe enough to cause the nerve to tear away from the spinal cord.
  • Pressure: During labor, if too much pressure is put on the nerve, it can cause significant problems.

These situations may be preventable if the doctor is careful during labor in order to ensure the health of the mother and the baby. When any action is considered negligent, the doctor may cause harm and they should be held accountable for the damages caused.

At Hare Wynn, we work hard to protect the rights of families when a doctor’s negligence causes brachial plexus or any other birth injury.

You can count on our birth injury attorneys to guide you through the legal journey from start to finish. Trust that we’ll determine the problem that caused the injury, provide the necessary resources to help you, and advocate on your behalf.

Call us today at 855-965-1688 for a free consultation.

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