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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

  • Sporting injuries

  • 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:

  • Pain – including avulsion pain which feels like a burning or crushing sensation

  • Loss of sensation

  • Muscle weakness

  • Full or partial paralysis of shoulder or upper arm muscles

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.

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