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Cerebral Palsy

If a baby's brain is injured or deprived of oxygen during childbirth, the baby may suffer from a condition called cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is the result of injury to the cerebrum, which is the part of the brain responsible for voluntary muscle movement and sensory perception. Depending upon which part of the cerebrum is injured, cerebral palsy can manifest as difficulty with muscle control, stiff or permanently contracted muscles, and even learning disabilities, brain damage, and problems with depth-perception and coordination.

Brachial Plexus Injury - Erb's Palsy

The brachial plexus is the bundle of nerves that allows the brain to communicate with the shoulder, hand and arm. When this important nerve group sustains damage, messages from the brain may not be able to reach the arm, leaving parts of the arm and/or hand paralyzed, a condition known as Erb's Palsy. The main cause of brachial plexus injuries is a particular complication of childbirth known as "shoulder dystocia." The baby's shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother's pelvic bone, and in order to prevent serious injury or death, the attending physician must act quickly to relieve the problem. If the doctor does not act decisively or if the doctor attempts to forcibly remove the baby, shoulder dystocia may occur, causing paralysis.

Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

It is important to file your personal injury case as soon as possible. The statute of limitations as outlined in Kentucky law states that a personal injury action must be filed within one year of the date of the injury. For auto accident cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the last payment of medical expenses. If the statute of limitations has expired, you will not be allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit regardless of the particulars of your case. We strongly encourage you to contact Louisville, Kentucky personal injury attorney Wes Faulkner to review your personal injury claim. He will ensure your personal injury case is filed before the statute of limitations has expired and will fight diligently for all of your legal entitlements.

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