Klumpke’s Palsy

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Klumpke’s Palsy is a nerve injury sustained during birth which results from the tearing of the nerves called the brachial plexus. When a doctor, nurse or other medical professional uses too much force on a baby’s head or neck during birth, the nerves going from the hands into the spine area can be severed or damaged. In deliveries in which the infant’s shoulder gets stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone, a doctor or nurse might try to move the baby’s shoulder past the bone. If the doctor or nurse is too forceful in carrying out this action, the excessive force can lead to the injury causing Klumpke’s Palsy.

While there are measures in place to avoid this situation from happening, medical professionals sometimes do not take the appropriate level of care in following these procedures. When this happens, it can be considered negligence on the part of the medical professional and grounds for a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit. If you or someone you know has a baby who was born with Klumpke’s Palsy, it is important to contact a professional Iowa medical malpractice lawyer to determine the best course of action to take on your child’s behalf.


Klumpke’s Palsy can likely leave your baby with a deformed arm and hand that is paralyzed. The child will likely be unable to use his or her hand and possibly even the entire arm. This can severely impact the child for the rest of his or her life, creating various types of obstacles and limitations for the child in the future. There is no specific treatment for Klumpke’s Palsy, though physical therapy might help. Surgery is also an option for those who have severed nerves due to this condition.


If your child has suffered the debilitating injury of Klumpke’s Palsy, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Your child may require surgery and daily living assistance for years to come due to this situation. The financial and emotional distress of this injury can affect your family for life.

At McGuire Law, PLC, we have a caring and compassionate attorney who is able to carefully review the facts surrounding the birth of your child and help you work toward presenting a claim to recover damages for your losses. Klumpke’s Palsy is one of the many types of birth injuries for which we pursue compensation.

For high-quality legal representation for your Klumpke’s Palsy birth injury case, contact us. In addition to Mason City, we serve communities throughout the state of Iowa. Take advantage of our free case evaluations!

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