Medical Malpractice Injury Lawyer

Klumpke’s Palsy, or Klumpke paralysis, is a relatively rare condition, affecting around 200,000 individuals in the U.S.  While the total number of Klumpke’s Palsy cases may not be astronomical, the effects on afflicted individuals can be overwhelmingly debilitating.



In most Klumpke Paralysis cases, damage is done to the brachial plexus nerves, a network of 5 nerves that control motion response in the back of the neck, the armpit, and the upper limbs.  Klumpke’s Palsy sufferers lose coordinative ability in the lower two of these five nerves, resulting in paralysis in the hands and forearms.


Causes of Klumpke’s Palsy


Most commonly, Klumpke’s Palsy is caused by birth complications resulting in excessive pressure being applied to an infant’s shoulder during birth.  This pressure results from two main causes.  Most often, a condition labeled shoulder dystocia leads to Klumpke’s Palsy, and this condition arises when the baby is delivered vaginally and the shoulder gets caught on the pubic bone.  Alternatively, excessive pressure can be exerted upon an unborn infant by natural pressures of the birth canal when an infant is proportionately too large for his mother’s proportions.


Importantly, the most common cause of Klumpke’s Palsy related to shoulder injury is most often preventable, and if your infant suffers from paralysis in their arms or hands related to this condition, you may be entitle to a malpractice settlement.


Treatment of Klumpke’s Palsy


In some circumstances, infant nerves will heal on their own without complications. In other situations though, after infant nerves heal, scar tissue can leave Klumpke’s Palsy sufferers with lingering paralysis issues.  This scar tissue can require intensive and expensive surgery to remove, leaving sufferers with big medical bills or long term paralysis.


In other circumstances, the damaged nerves never heal properly, and will require surgery to repair function.  Again, this surgery can be expensive and is somewhat invasive.  And importantly, the onset of Klumpke’s Palsy that leads to necessary surgery in the first place can often be prevented.


Klumpke’s Palsy, Malpractice, and the Law


Since Klumpke’s Palsy can be prevented in many cases, and is often caused by faulty infant delivery leading to shoulder injury, you may qualify from a malpractice settlement if your infant suffers from this affliction.  Hiring an experienced law firm like Lovenberg and Associates, and working closely with a lawyer who has handled Klumpke’s Palsy cases like Medical Malpractice Attorney Doug Lovenberg has will give your family the best chance of obtaining a settlement to compensate you for damages.

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