Birth Injury Organization

BirthInjury.Org is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization providing support for those whose lives are touched by brachial plexus injury, whether it’s your own life or the life of a loved one. Here you will find what we believe is the most up to date and complete information on the Web about birth injuries—what they are, how they happen, how they’re treated, how they might be prevented, government services that might be available.  Visit website.
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Scott Kozin, M.D. at Shriners Hospital

Scott H. Kozin, M.D., is the chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia. His areas of special interest include upper extremity/brachial plexus injuries, spinal cord injuries, congenital differences and upper limb reconstruction. Visit website. Scott H. Kozin, M.D., is the chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received an undergraduate degree in computer science from Duke University and earned a medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. Dr. Kozin completed his residencies in orthopaedic surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center and
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Peter Waters, M.D. at Children’s Hospital in Boston

Peter M. Waters, MD is the Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief, Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  He is Director, Brachial Plexus Program; Director, Hand & Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program; and Director, Clinical Effectiveness Research Center. Visit website. Dr. Peter Waters is co-author of the highly acclaimed Pediatric Hand and Upper Limb Surgery textbook and co-editor of the gold standard pediatric orthopedic textbook, Rockwood and Green: Fractures in Children. He has written extensively in peer-reviewed journals and other textbooks (over 200 publications) and his work has been recognized with society awards. Dr. Waters is recognized nationally and internationally for his clinical
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Shoulder Dystocia Injuries: Know Your Rights and Options

Shoulder Dystocia is a complication that can present itself in the delivery room. If shoulder dystocia occurs during delivery, there are a number of maneuvers that can and should be used in order to deliver the baby without injury. In the absence of a proper response by the obstetrician or nurse midwife to relieve the shoulder dystocia, it is well known that injury to the newborn can result. These injuries include injury to the baby’s brachial plexus or the bundle of nerves leading from the spinal cord through the shoulders down the arm all the way to the hand. The
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$4,000,000.00 SETTLEMENT IN BRAIN DAMAGED INFANT CASE

BIRTH INJURY – Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Failure to Appreciate Fetal Distress Results in Brain Damage and Cerebral Palsy. Mom presented to the hospital with a diagnosis of pregnancy and labor approximately one week before her due date. Her obstetrical history included a vaginal delivery at 36 weeks in 2003 of a five pound, 8 ounce infant, with no complications. Risk assessment included history of gestational diabetes. Fetal heart tracings began at approximately 2:40 pm. Nursing notes indicate that Pitocin was started at 4:40 pm. The start of variable decelerations was around 7:24 pm. There was a pattern of greater than
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VERDICT IN OBSTETRICAL BRACHIAL PLEXUS CASE IS $1,750,000.00

BIRTH INJURY – The child underwent a left brachial plexus exploration, external neurolysis of the upper trunk, nerve harvesting and nerve grafts. The child has a permanent brachial plexus injury. The pre-natal course was uneventful for the mom and baby. The mom was brought in for induction because of the pregnancy induced hypertension and suspected large baby. She was completely dilated at 2300 hours and began pushing. She had adequate pushing with downward descent of the head.  After about an hour of pushing she was noted to be tiring. A Vacuum was placed on the fetal head.  There is no
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$950,000.00 VERDICT IN BRACHIAL PLEXUS CASE Medical Malpractice Trial Report* (as reported in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly)

BIRTH INJURY Medical Malpractice Lawsuit: Excessive Traction Results in Permanent Brachial Plexus Injury. Due to an estimated fetal weight of 8 – 9 pounds an induction of labor was ordered and initiated. On the second day of induction, the mother progressed to complete dilation/complete effacement. The fetal heart rate was normal and reassuring throughout labor. The patient pushed for 2 hours and brought the fetal head to plus 2/3 station. The caput was noted to be at plus 3 station and the first trial of vacuum assisted delivery was performed. No indication for vacuum assisted delivery was noted in the
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$750,000 Settlement in WRONGFUL DEATH CASE Medical Malpractice Trial Report

FAILURE TO RESPOND TO HEART MONITOR RESULTS IN BRAIN DAMAGE AND DEATH. This is a case involves a 77 year old woman female patient who suffered an anoxic brain injury as a result of the failure of the nurse responsible for her care to run a strip at the beginning of her shift to determine whether or not the heart monitor was appropriately set, including alarm volumes, batteries and medial parameters, and for failing to respond to a medical emergency that resulted in an anoxic brain injury and death. As a result of the failure of the alarm to sound
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