Brachial plexus – accidents & injuries
There are a variety of conditions described as brachial plexus injuries (BPI) and even more ways to suffer one.
Mostly they occur due to an external or internal trauma. Any accident which damages the brachial plexus network of nerves, stemming from the neck to the upper limbs is categorised as a BPI.
Common accidents leading to brachial plexus injuries
The most common causes of brachial plexus nerve damage involve trauma to the network, including:
Road traffic accidents – especially those involving motorcycles
Workplace accidents – especially those involving heavy machinery
Stab wounds or gunshot wounds – malicious or accidental
Complicated births – medical negligence
Types of brachial plexus injury
Brachial plexus injuries are further categorised by the type of harm they cause to the nerve network.
The types of brachial plexus injury include:
Avulsion – the nerve is pulled out of the spinal cord with no chance of recovery
Rupture – the nerve is stretched, and at least partially torn, but not at the spinal cord
Neurapraxia – the nerve has been gently stretched or compressed but is still attached with a rapid recovery likely
Axonotemesis – the axons have been severed and recovery chances are moderate
Neurotemesis – the entire nerve has been divided and recovery chances are poor
Neuroma – A tumour has from a nerve which has been divided
Signs and symptoms of a brachial plexus injury
There are a number of potential warning signs that a BPI has taken place, including:
While one person injured in an accident might make a full recovery from their brachial plexus injury, another could be affected permanently by the incident. Either way, if a brachial plexus injury is caused by an accident which was not entirely your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Moore Blatch solicitors have the insight and experience to help you win that compensation and also provide the help, understanding and support that you need at a challenging time in your life.
We call on the expertise of leading medical professionals when building your case, to establish the extent of the damage caused, but also to assess the future requirements for care, treatment and rehabilitation. This will ensure that you get the right amount of compensation.
Talk to us today about your circumstances and find out more about the ways that we could help you.