Personal Injury Firm Serving Maryland & DC for Over 30 Years
Brachial Plexus Injuries

Maryland Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer

Advocating for Injured Families in Maryland and DC

When the nerves in the shoulder (the brachial plexus) are damaged, the resulting injury could last weeks, months, or a lifetime. If the nerves were torn, surgery may be required. In some severe cases, brachial plexus palsy, or Erb’s palsy, may develop.

Has your child suffered a brachial plexus injury during labor and delivery? Do you have reason to believe a negligent health care professional was to blame? Have you been left to pay the consequences?

Our brachial plexus injury lawyers are here to help.

At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we take on negligent health care professionals and hospitals for causing serious injury to mothers and their children. We have remained committed to fighting for the victims of negligence, amplifying their voices for over 30 years. What’s more, we work on contingency fees—that means you won’t pay a dime unless we win your case!

Contact us online to get your free, confidential consultation with a Maryland brachial plexus injury lawyer. We also represent clients in Washington, DC.

Symptoms and Causes of Brachial Plexus Injury

If your baby was born with the following symptoms, it is likely that he or she suffered a brachial plexus injury:

  • Numbness in the arm
  • Weak grip
  • A bent or limp arm
  • Lack of movement of the arm

The most common cause of brachial plexus injury is shoulder dystocia, a condition in which the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone.

If a health care provider does not identify or properly handle shoulder dystocia, the brachial plexus can easily be stretched, torn, or ruptured, as they attempt to pull your baby through the birth canal. Failing to monitor fetal distress or a prolonged labor (two outcomes of shoulder dystocia) can easily result in brachial plexus injury, especially when an emergency cesarean section (C-section) is delayed.

Using forceps and/or vacuum extraction for too long can also lead to brachial plexus injury, whether or not shoulder dystocia has occurred. These medical tools should only be used sparingly—and never one after another. Using one method for too long or both during the same birth can lead to the baby (and their shoulder) being pulled too forcefully through the birth canal.

A breech birth, high birth weight, twins and triplets, and high gestational weight are common risk factors for this type of injury.

When Can You Sue for a Brachial Plexus Injury?

Anyone who has suffered injury because of negligence on the part of a medical professional has the right to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim. When these claims involve injury during labor and delivery, they are also considered birth injury claims.

To prove a claim involving brachial plexus injury, those injured will need to show that:

  • The health care provider owed a duty of care, meaning that a professional relationship existed between you and the negligent OB-GYN, nurse, midwife, doula, hospital, or other health care provider.
  • The health care provider violated their professional duty of care, meaning that they acted against industry standards. As mentioned, this may mean they failed to address shoulder dystocia or order an emergency C-section. The violation can be either intentional or unintentional negligence.
  • The violation caused the brachial plexus injury and damages, meaning that the injury was preventable and a direct result of the health care provider’s negligence. As for damages, this means that either the parent or the child (or both) suffered certain losses due to the injury.

A successful claim will result in compensation for the full amount of damages suffered. Common examples include:

  • Hospital bills
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) expenses
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Cost of assistive devices
  • Pain and suffering

Knowing whether a child’s brachial plexus injury was the result of medical negligence can be difficult to determine—and even harder to prove—on your own. Our brachial plexus injury attorneys are experienced with these types of cases and trained to investigate the facts of your case. We can help you find out whether negligence played a role and, if it did, help you file a claim for compensation.

Important Filing Deadlines

A child who suffered a brachial plexus injury has until their 21st birthday to file a claim, but it is recommended to get started sooner rather than later. Given that a minor cannot take legal action, the state allows parents to bring forth claims on behalf of their injured children immediately after the injury occurs. The deadlines for parents to file claims are much earlier. In most cases, a parent must file a claim within three years of their child’s injury.

Call (301) 812-4777 to Get Your Free Consultation

Don’t let negligent physicians or other healthcare providers get away with injuring you, your child, or any other patients. Turn to Alpert Schreyer, LLC for experienced legal representation.

We offer our clients:

  • No-cost, no-obligation case reviews
  • 24/7 availability to answer questions
  • Compassionate, personalized counsel
  • Zero upfront legal fees

We have recovered millions of dollars for our injured clients. And for your convenience, we have offices across the state in Waldorf, Bowie, Frederick, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Rockville.

Why wait? Give us a call today at (301) 812-4777 to speak directly with a DC and Maryland brachial plexus injury attorney so we can get started on your case.

  • Verdict Post-Operative Complications $5,500,000
  • Birth Injury Settlement $3,750,000
  • Settlement for Delayed Surgery $2,900,000
  • Developmental Delay Birth Injury Result $2,000,000
  • Settlement for Anesthetic Error $900,000
  • Delayed Diagnosis Settlement $800,000
  • Medical Malpractice Case Resulting in Finger Amputation $335,000
  • Well done Team!

    “If you need a legal team that has your back, I encourage you to seek out Alpert, Schreyer, Poe, LCC. The firm inspired confidence during an uncertain, painful experience while eliminating risk to my family and business. Well done Team!”

    - CMCG
  • He got the results I needed.

    “After my case was confused beyond belief by another lawyer, Mike Schreyer put it back together.”

    - Former Client
  • You saved my life from potentially devastating consequences.

    “I am every grateful for your professionalism, depth of knowledge, attention to detail and genuine concern to see that my trial concluded successfully.”

    - K.K.
  • Thank you!

    “Thank you for your exceptional attention to detail, counsel and support.”

    - R.R.
  • Thank you for the professional manner in which you handled my case.

    “From start to successful completion, I felt as though you were accessible and knowledgeable about every aspect of the process and singularly instrumental in the positive result.”

    - C.R.

Why hire our firm?

Representation. Results. Recovery. 
  • Experienced Guidance

    We have over 30 years of experience serving injured clients across Maryland and DC.

  • Concierge Level of Service

    We are willing to visit injury victims at their homes if they are severely injured or bereaved.

  • No Upfront Fees

    We are so confident in our abilities that we do not charge a legal fee unless you receive compensation.

  • Fearless Advocacy

    We are not afraid to battle any party, whether big or small, both in and out of the courtroom.

  • Legal Insight

    We commit to staying up-to-date on the latest developments in Maryland injury law.

  • Esteemed Reputation

    We have a sterling reputation in the community & among our peers in the legal field.

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact us today. Our experienced, tenacious attorneys will help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.