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APIL Child Injury Special Interest Meeting: an overview

The Head Injury team attended the APIL Child Injury Special Interest Group meeting on 5 July at the Kingsway Hall Hotel in London. The subject of the evening’s proceedings was ‘Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injuries (OBPI) – A Tactical Overview’.

Laura Merry, Senior Associate in Lyons Davidson’s Head Injury team and coordinator of the APIL Child Injury Special Interest Group welcomed the group and introduced Christopher Kemp, a barrister from Outer Temple Chambers.

Erb’s Palsy

Christopher provided an informative talk on Erb’s Palsy. This included a brief history of the injury, which was first indentified by William Smellie in 1768. He explored the ways in which the courts have examined whether the majority of Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injuries are caused by traction, by propulsion or a combination of both.

Brachial Plexus Injuries

The meeting also discussed the ways in which, over the last 10 years, the overall value of OBPI injuries have increased, as illustrated by case law. This increase is partly due to the extra value placed on factors, such as if the person is suffering with persistent pain, if psychological factors are relevant and if the injury causes a disability which impedes activity in the labour market.

Jonathan Wheeler concluded the meeting by providing the group with an update on current activities within APIL.

For any further information about the Child Injury Special Interest Group please contact Kelly Barton at APIL: kelly.barton@apil.org.ukor 0115 943 5428

Lyons Davidson’s Head Injury Team specialises in all types of head and brain injury claims on behalf of the injured party. For more information contact Laura Merry by email: lmerry@lyonsdavidson.co.uk or by phone: 0117 904 5718.

Posted on Jul 11th, 2012 by Lyons Davidson