Attorney David M. Fried, Partner at the New Jersey personal injury law firm Blume Forte, obtained an $800,000 settlement on behalf of a young girl and her family in a birth injury case. The matter involved a mismanaged shoulder dystocia, which caused a brachial plexus injury. The girl required two surgeries as a result of the injury and still experiences limitations in the mobility, strength, and use of one of her arms.
The brachial plexus, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), is a network of nerves in the shoulder and neck that relays signals from the spinal cord to the hand, arm, wrist and shoulder. An injury to those nerves as the result of over-stretching, tearing, or other damage can result in lack of muscle control in the arm, wrist, and/or hand, and may even result in paralysis or limpness of the arm.
When shoulder dystocia occurs, and the baby’s shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone during birth. It is the doctor’s or midwife’s responsibility to perform specific maneuvers to release the shoulder without using excessive force to deliver the child.
In the case handled by Mr. Fried, the doctor failed to use the appropriate maneuvers and applied traction excessively, causing injury to the brachial plexus nerves.
If your child has suffered from Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy as the result of a brachial plexus injury in New Jersey, you may be able to pursue a claim for your losses as well as your child’s disability, cosmetic deformity and future losses. Contact the experienced New Jersey brachial plexus injury lawyers at Blume Forte today to find out whether you may have a valid claim at (973) 635-5400.