Childbirth is often a beautiful experience. However, it can come with a number of complications that put a child at risk of a birth injury. One of the most common birth injuries is the brachial plexus injury (BPI), and an unfortunate fact about most birth injuries in general–and true specifically about BPI’s–is that most of these injuries are preventable.
If you have discovered that your child has a birth injury, like a BPI, you may naturally want to know, first, who is to blame, and then, second, what is your child’s prognosis. Here we’ll begin to answer the latter question.
Different medical experts have different opinions when it comes to the prognosis of children with brachial plexus injuries.
One group of medical experts argues that the prognosis is quite good, with over 90% of children recovering completely. In fact, there is a study that examined 50,838 deliveries, between 1980 to 1989, at a particular hospital with 44 cases of BPI. By neonatal discharge, 16% of the BPI injuries completely resolved, 55% showed improvement, and only 29% remained unchanged. The researchers then followed forty of these children with BPI to two years of age or older. Thirty-eight children (95%) recovered completely. Four were lost to follow-up, but they were improving by neonatal discharge. Only two had a permanent disability and neither of these had a significant functional deficit.
However, a different group of medical experts presents a less rosy picture. This group argues that “no scientifically sound evidence exists to support the common perception of complete spontaneous recovery.” In this group’s opinion, many children with BPI–between twenty and thirty percent of them–will require surgery.
Watching your precious child suffer through any birth injury, including a brachial plexus injury, is tough and, if they’re necessary, physical therapy, surgeries, and doctor’s visits over time may greatly affect your finances.
Many birth injuries are due to the negligence of medical personnel. And why should you and your child suffer due to their negligence? You shouldn’t. So, if you believe your child has a BPI due to the error of medical personnel, I invite you to reach out to me today for a free consultation. I can answer your legal questions. This is something I do, and I would love to chat with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at email@example.com.