June 22, 2010

More Birth Complications During the Night

by Robert D'Iorio

A recent study of more than 700,000 births found that infant deaths and admission to the neonatal intensive care units were 32 to 47 percent higher during night time deliveries.

These numbers were in line with all admissions in to the intensive care units leading researches to the conclusion that the cause may be that staff fatigue or experience level may be a factor.

February 7, 2010

Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy & Erb's Palsy - Shoulder Dystocia and Medical Malpractice

by Robert D'Iorio

Shoulder Dystocia is a dangerous situation for the child during birth. Shoulder dystocia can lead to cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy.

Shoulder dystocia occurs when the child’s shoulder gets such on the mother’s pubic bone. In most instances the child cannot be delivered without first dislodging the shoulder.

If this is not done properly the child may sustain an injury to a set of nerves called the brachial plexus. Injuries to the brachial plexus are often referred to as Erb’s Palsy. Children with Erb’s Palsy have limited dexterity in one or both arms.

In addition to injuring the child’s nerves, shoulder dystocia can also deprive the child of oxygen. Deprivation of oxygen to a child during birth can lead to the child sustaining brain damage and cerebral palsy.

If shoulder dystocia was encountered during your delivery and your child sustained an injury it is highly likely that medical malpractice played a role in your child’s injury and you should contact a lawyer immediately.

The following video demonstrates one of the maneuvers used to dislodge the child’s shoulder: the corkscrew maneuver.


December 8, 2009

Shoulder Dystocia and Brachial Plexus Palsy / Erb’s Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video demonstrates how shoulder dystocia (a child’s shoulder becoming stuck on the mothers pubic bone during delivery) can lead to brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s Palsy (damage to the brachial plexus nerves). As well as how suprapubic pressure can exacerbate the injury.

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

by Robert D'Iorio

From everyone here at The Law Offices of Robert A. D’Iorio, PLLC; we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2009

Erb’s Palsy / Brachial Plexus Palsy and Recovery

by Robert D'Iorio

This is an interesting article I found on a student athlete from Iowa. The athlete is Adrian Clayborn. Adrian is now an able bodied 6-3 and 283 pound defensive end. Even at birth he was big weighing 11lbs 3oz.

Adrian’s size now works for him; however, during his birth it may have been a disadvantage. During birth large baby’s run the risk of getting stuck in the birth canal, a condition known as shoulder dystocia.

Shoulder dystocia is a very dangerous condition that can lead to an injury called Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus palsy. Erb’s palsy is caused by the stretching or tearing of a group of nerves in shoulder called the brachial plexus.

In fact, at birth Adrian Cayborn sustained this injury which causes numbness and/or loss of function in one or both arms.

Erb’s palsy is almost always preventable. To learn more about erb’s palsy / brachial plexus palsy as well as how a doctors negligence may have led to your child’s injury please visit our website or type erbs palsy in the search box of my blog.

Here is a link to the article featuring Adrian Clayborn.

October 20, 2009

United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN)

by Robert D'Iorio

United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN), a nonprofit organization on focused on providing support, leadership and information to those affected by a brachial plexus injury and their families recently launched a new website.

Their new website is a great resource for all interested in brachial plexus injuries or erbs palsy.

The website looks fantastic and keep up the great work!

October 16, 2009

Brachial Plexus Awareness Week

by Robert D'Iorio

Brachial Plexus Awareness Week starts on Oct. 18 and runs through the 24th. The goal of the weeklong event is to raise awareness for brachial plexus injuries.

Brachial plexus injuries sometimes referred to as erb’s palsy are caused by damage to a set of nerves called the brachial plexus. Damage to these nerves often result in total or partial paralysis of the hand and/or arm.

Often these injuries occur at birth. When these injuries occur at birth it is often the result of medical malpractice.

Please see my previous post or our website to learn how these injuries occur and how the doctor could have avoided the injury.

September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day

by Robert D'Iorio

In the following video Katie Couric discusses the meaning, history and origin of Labor Day.

Please enjoy the video and have a happy and safe Labor Day!


August 9, 2009

Shoulder Dystocia Brachial Plexus Injury : Woods Corkscrew Maneuver

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video is an animation on a child encountering shoulder dystocia during delivery and the delivering physician using the Woods Corkscrew Maneuver to dislodge the shoulder to avoid a brachial plexus injury.


July 25, 2009

Patient Safety Day

by Robert D'Iorio

Today, July 25, 2009 is Patient Safety Day. Patient safety day has been observed since 2001 with over 40 States participating.

What is Patient Safety Day? Patient Safety Day is a day to remember all of those harmed by medical errors. A moment of silence and a candlelight vigil will be held to remember those harmed and to reflect on the shared vision of a safer healthcare system.

For more information on Patient Safety Day please visit their website.