Childbirth can be a complicated process. Tearing and other injuries are common for the mother, and the healing process that follows can take a long time. Sadly, there are instances when a newborn sustains injuries during delivery, as well. From fractures to trauma to the spinal cord, the effects of a catastrophic birth injury can lead to ongoing medical conditions that shape the rest of the infant’s life.
In addition to physical and emotional trauma, the financial ramifications of a catastrophic birth injury can be immense. If you believe that the negligent actions of medical professionals contributed to your child’s injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Medical malpractice claims can be challenging to prove. However, our Ontario catastrophic birth injury lawyers have experience helping parents across the province in their pursuits of accountability, justice, and financial compensation. To learn more, contact our catastrophic birth injury lawyers serving Ontario and receive a free initial consultation.
The Lasting Effects of Catastrophic Birth Injuries
While modern obstetric techniques and increased implementation of caesarean deliveries have helped to reduce infant mortality rates in Canada, injuries associated with vacuum-assisted, forceps, or other instrument-assisted vaginal delivery (associated with at least 55% of injuries) continue to present a concerning problem. Approximately 40% of birth injuries involve hemorrhaging, 30% involve the nervous system and/or a major organ, and 24% of injuries involve bone fractures.
Birth injuries can range in severity from moderate to catastrophic. Injuries that occur during birth can also be fatal. While some birth injuries are immediately apparent, others may not present symptoms for a long time. Common birth injuries include:
- Head trauma
- Facial nerve injury
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Nerve injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain hemorrhage
- Shoulder fractures
- Soft-tissue injuries
- And possibly more
Injuries sustained during birth may lead to conditions such as:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Klumpke’s Palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Caput succedaneum
- Facial paralysis
- Brain damage
- And possibly more
While some birth injuries may be resolved over the course of time, some require ongoing medical attention for the rest of the child’s life. In some cases, symptoms may not manifest until the child is older. For instance, cognitive issues associated with brain damage may not become apparent until the child is around 4 or 5 years of age.
Because it can take years to understand the full extent of the injury, it can take time to fully grasp the costs associated. By consulting with our Ontario birth injury lawyers, you may be able to assess the total lifetime damages to which you may be entitled as a result of birth injuries caused by medical malpractice.
How an Ontario Catastrophic Birth Injury Lawyer May Be Able to Help
The wrongful actions of doctors, nurses, or other hospital employees could lead to dangerous delays in C-Section procedures. A physician’s negligence throughout the birthing process could also cause the newborn to suffer oxygen deficiencies, leading to harmful complications. Furthermore, the use of assistive birthing devices, such as forceps and vacuums, have also shown alarming rates of physical trauma.
Depending on the specifics of your case, if your child’s catastrophic birth injuries were the result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to file a civil claim against:
- The obstetrician presiding over your birth
- The obstetric nurses presiding over your birth
- The delivery room staff present at your birth
- The hospital staff
- Your pharmacist (if you were administered incorrect prescription drugs given during pregnancy)
- Your prenatal care physician
- And possibly more
By proving the correlation between these responsible parties’ negligence and your infant’s catastrophic injuries, our birth injury lawyers serving all of Ontario may be able to help you recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Psychiatric treatment
- Prescription drugs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- And possibly more
Our Ontario catastrophic birth injury lawyers are committed to understanding the details of your individual case. We work hard to help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.
If your child sustained a catastrophic birth injury, the lasting effects of this trauma could be life-altering for your entire family. What should be a source of profound happiness – the birth of your child – may now be associated with the stress and complicated emotions. Additionally, your family members may be forced to take on substantial expenses to help your newborn heal, or cope with the lifetime repercussions of their injuries.
To learn more about how our catastrophic birth injury lawyers may be able to provide you with crucial legal assistance and advice, call 1-800-JUSTICE and schedule your free initial consultation today.
Contact Our Ontario Catastrophic Birth Injury Lawyers Today
No one should be forced to pay the price of someone else’s disastrous errors. If your child’s catastrophic birth injuries were caused by the negligence of a medical professional who should have been safeguarding both your physical well-being and the health of your newborn child, consider booking a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today.
By taking advantage of a cost-free, no-obligation first meeting with our Ontario catastrophic birth injury lawyers, you will have the opportunity to ask important questions, and receive personalized, case-specific legal advice tailored to your unique, individual circumstances. To learn more, contact our catastrophic birth injury lawyers serving Ontario by calling 1-800-JUSTICE.