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Brachial Plexus Injuries

Catastrophic brachial plexus injuries are caused by shoulder dystocia that occurs during some births. These cost a child permanent loss of a functioning arm. If this happens, you need the right attorney. You’ve come to the right place.




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Mr. Davis is an accomplished brachial plexus injury attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received virtually every award and honor available to Georgia trial attorneys. He is one of the foremost experts on medical malpractice law in Georgia. Published on March 16, 2017, last updated on June 21, 2019.

Author: Jess Davis, Partner, Davis Adams

In order to understand what a brachial plexus injury is, it is necessary to be familiar with basic anatomy. The brachial plexus refers to the nerves running between the spine and shoulders, which control the movement of muscles in the shoulders, hands, and arms. Damage to the brachial plexus can occur when a physician fails to provide adequate obstetrical care. When brachial plexus injuries occur, the consequences are often devastating.

Like all medical negligence cases, those involving brachial plexus injuries are complex and replete with opportunities for negligent doctors to avoid taking responsibility for the harm caused. What does that mean for you? Well, it means you’ll want a medical malpractice specialist, not just a general personal injury attorney who occasionally dabbles in medical cases. And you’ll want a firm like Davis Adams, with a track record of winning brachial plexus injury cases.

We know how to diligently discover the important facts, retain world-class expert witnesses, and methodically prepare brachial plexus injury cases for trial in a way that maximizes the opportunity for a verdict that provides justice for our clients.


Brachial plexus injuries during childbirth typically occur for one of three reasons:

  • Infant’s head and neck are pulled toward the side as the shoulder’s drop through the mother’s pelvis;
  • Doctor or midwife has pulled on the infant’s head during a head-first delivery
  • Pressure on the infant’s arms during a breech (feet-first) delivery.

Any of these situations can cause lifelong issues and expenses. Consulting an attorney qualified in the various medical malpractice areas, such as Davis Adams, is the fastest route to an equitable settlement.


There are a variety of types of brachial plexus injuries, but they can generally be categorized as follows:

  • Injuries that affect only the upper arm
  • Injuries that affect the upper and lower arm
  • Klumpke’s palsy

The brachial plexus injuries that affect the upper and lower arm are known as Erb’s palsy, These can involve the following:

  • Avulsion: when the brachial plexus nerves are torn from the spine
  • Rupture: when the brachial plexus nerves are torn, but not where they attach to the spine
  • Neuroma: when the brachial plexus nerves have attempted to heal, but scar tissue has grown around the injury placing pressure on the injured nerve
  • Neuropraxia: when nerve conduction has been blocked without any anatomical interruption

Klumpke’s palsy is also known as Dejerine-Klumpke palsy. This affects the infant’s forearm and hand, often causing paralysis of the forearm, wrist, hand and fingers. In some cases, other symptoms may accompany the impaired arm/hand functions, including eyelid drooping and pupil dilation in one eye.

Unlike Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy is somewhat rare, although the two conditions share a common cause: delivery complications arising from shoulder dystocia. With Klumpke’s palsy, the damage is typically permanent. Injuries associated with Klumpke’s palsy may not respond as favorably to physical therapy and motion exercises as other brachial plexus injuries, and surgery may only be an option in certain cases.

Trained medical professionals understand the risk factors for shoulder dystocia, and an experienced obstetrician can typically prevent most circumstances in which brachial plexus injuries occur. When they can’t or they don’t, a brachial plexus lawsuit might be in order. Attorneys familiar with surgery malpractice, such as the law firm of Davis Adams are ready to represent families who have experienced a brachial plexus injury.

Read What One Brachial Plexus Injury Client Has to Say:

“My daughter’s arm was severely injured during birth. She’ll never be able to use it. Had we not found Jess Davis and Chad Adams, we’d never have gotten justice for her. They got the doctor to admit that what he’d done was wrong, and his insurance company compensated our daughter for her injury.”
T.J. of East Point, GA


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Typically, the statute of limitation for brachial plexus injuries lawsuits in Georgia is two years from the date of the care. For children, the statute of limitation is generally calculated from the child’s 5th birthday, meaning that the statute expires on the child’s 7th birthday.

However, certain circumstances can extend or shorten the statute of limitation So, the best answer is that it depends. The very best advice from Davis Adams is to avoid trying to determine the statute of limitation in your case. Rather, contact Jess Davis and Chad Adams, and we’ll be happy to collect and examine the details needed to offer you the right answer.


Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Davis Adams has a reach that spreads statewide. We represent brachial plexus injury victims in most parts of Georgia. Plus, Davis Adams only represents malpractice victims on a contingency basis. This means that if we don’t recover money for you, we refuse to accept payment for our services. Furthermore, our contingency fee, while reflective of the quality and achievement of our firm, is lower than the fee of most other firms in the area. Contact us for a free consultation and expert advice.