March 30, 2020

Brachial Plexus Injuries from a California Car Accident

Whether it is a serious motor vehicle accident or medical malpractice, our Los Angeles brachial plexus injury lawyer knows that a victim should not suffer this type of catastrophic, debilitating, and possibly disabling injury.  But often times the negligence of another person results in these serious types of personal injuries that cause months, years, or even a lifetime of pain and disability.  It is important for victims of serious personal injury accidents know understand what the brachial plexus is and when they may have a claim under California law.

Understanding the Brachial Plexus

The brachial plexus, the network of nerves originating from the spinal cord in the neck and extending down the neck and into the shoulder. It begins at the spinal cord between vertebrae and many different nerve fibers come together at the base of the neck to form the brachial plexus.  The nerves then travel into the shoulder and down into the arm to the fingertips.  An injury to the brachial nerves can affect the functions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.

When there is an injury to the brachial plexus, the communication between the brain and arm are impeded by damaged nerves which can cause numbness and even the inability to move the limb. Most of these injuries are caused by the stretching and tearing of the nerves and caused by

  • a birth where the shoulders of the baby are stuck inside the birth canal.
  • a sporting injury, especially as they apply to contact sports
  • traumas from car accidents or motorcycle accidents
  • penetrating wounds such as dog bites, firearm wounds, or stab wounds
  • Parsonage-Turner syndrome, an inflammation of the brachial plexus area

When it comes to accident trauma, brachial plexus injuries have been found in 44 to 70 percent of accident injuries, particularly affecting motorcyclists. They can result in a myriad of symptoms from minor to permanent paralysis even after surgical interventions and can create both short-term and long-term consequences and costly therapies.

If you have been injured in an accident that has resulted in a brachial plexus injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call an experienced Los Angeles brachial plexus injury lawyer to see if you have a possible claim. For more information and a FREE case review, contact us today at (888) 588-1777.  We are ready and willing to help.