What Is Brachial Plexus?

‘Brachial Plexus’ is the name given to the junction of nerves in your neck that sends signals to your shoulder, arm and hand from your spinal cord. It is possible for these nerves to become damaged, as a result of being torn or stretched. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, with varying degrees of severity. These can range from pain, sensation loss and partial/ full paralysis.

One of the ways you can sustain a Brachial Plexus injury is during a road traffic accident. If during the accident your neck gets pushed up and your shoulder down, then you may be at risk of sustaining the injury. It can also become injured if it is subjected to a high impact hit, caused by a road traffic accident or a fall from height. It is important to remember that if the injury was acquired during an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

In infants, the injury at birth can occur if the delivery is particularly difficult and the shoulders become stuck (shoulder dystocia), and excessive force is required to deliver the baby. Often the injury resolves itself within a year, but in some cases it does not. This may lead to the child requiring surgery, and even then full arm function is not always regained. In some cases the injury may have been preventable, and therefore you may be entitled to making a Medical Negligence claim.

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