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Brachial plexus injury


A personal injury lawyer will have to deal with a whole range of injuries and one of these is a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is actually a network of nerves that transmit signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. If these nerves have been damaged then you are said to have a brachial plexus injury.


What are the symptoms of a brachial plexus injury?

If you have a brachial plexus injury then you may have a limp or paralyzed arm. You may also have a lack of muscle control in the affected arm, hand or wrist and this may be coupled with a lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand. The severity of a brachial plexus injury is controlled by the type of damage that the nerves have suffered.

A very severe brachial plexus injury is called an avulsion – in this sort of injury the nerve root is severed or cut from the spinal cord. A slightly less severe injury is called an incomplete avulsion and involves a part of the nerve being damaged – in these cases the nerve may slowly recover function.  The milder type of injury is called a neuropraxia, or stretch injury and here the protective covering of the nerve is damaged. This may cause problems with nerve signal conduction but does not always damage the nerve underneath.

These symptoms can make going to work or carrying out normal household tasks very difficult indeed.


What can cause a brachial plexus injury?

Brachial plexus injuries can occur as a result of any sort of shoulder trauma. Some motorcyclists have suffered severe brachial plexus injuries when they have been thrown from their motorcycles onto the road surface. If the motorcyclist can show that the accident was caused by someone else then they may be able to start a personal injury claim against that person and Accident Advice Helpline can help with this.

Accident Advice Helpline can also help you to make a claim if your injury occurred at work. If you can show that it was your employer’s fault then you may be able to get some compensation from them for your injuries in a workplace accident claim.

Brachial plexus injuries may happen during birth if the baby’s shoulder is stretched during passage in the birth canal – this can lead to permanent disability for the baby. In these cases there may have been something that a medical professional could have done to prevent the injury. Call Accident Advice Helpline and find out if you can start a medical negligence claim. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of highly trained, professional advisers who will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.

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