Traumatic birth injury
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Traumatic birth injury in Ottawa? MG Law’s traumatic birth injury lawyers can help file your traumatic injury claim.
Starting a family is one of the biggest and most profound decisions someone can make. Therefore, in the event your baby has suffered a traumatic birth injury due to malpractice by doctors or other health care professionals, you deserve to hold them accountable. A traumatic birth injury can greatly affect your child’s quality of life, not to mention the uncertain future that lies ahead for your entire family.
Depending on the extent of the birth injury, your family may face years of ongoing medical appointments, treatments, surgeries and other unexpected costs, such as personal support workers, medications, rehabilitation facilities and more.
It’s important to understand the impact that a traumatic birth injury can have on you and your family’s life. Backed by over 10 years of industry experience, MG Law supports those impacted by traumatic birth injury, by offering them our undivided attention. This way, our professional traumatic birth injury lawyers can establish everything necessary to make a claim, so you can focus on taking care of your baby.
We take care of your case, so you can focus on your family
For many clients who’s loved ones have suffered a traumatic birth injury, their physical health isn’t the only struggle. Their mental health also needs to be treated and looked after in order to begin the healing process.
At MG Law, we have years of experience helping victims of traumatic birth injuries. We will work tirelessly to determine exactly what happened and who is responsible for your child’s injuries. We understand the complex nature of these cases and are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. Not only will we advocate for you in court, we also have a comprehensive team of community rehabilitation specialists available to help your transition from the hospital, aiding in your child’s recovery in turn.
Traumatic birth injuries include:
Anoxia, hypoxia or other brain injuries
Hypoxia refers to a deficient level of oxygen reaching the body’s tissues. Anoxia refers to a lack of oxygen reaching the tissues. Both can be very serious and cause your baby to be deprived of oxygen during birth which can lead to hypoxic brain damage, also referred to as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Severe cases of HIE are referred to as anoxic brain injury.
Anoxic brain injuries can be caused by any of the following problems during birth:
- An interruption occurs in the pathway responsible for transporting maternal blood to your fetus.
- Your fetus is receiving proper blood flow but it’s not properly flowing to the child’s brain.
- Blood flow to the child’s brain is fine, but it’s not properly oxygenated.
There are various complications and/or mistakes during pregnancy or delivery that may cause hypoxic/anoxic brain damage. Women who have a high-risk pregnancy should be carefully monitored in order to prevent their child from suffering from an anoxic brain injury.
Infants with hypoxic or anoxic brain injury can end up with permanent disabilities. Some of those potential disabilities include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental issues
- Hearing and/or vision impairments
- Seizure disorders
Other birth injuries that may cause brain injury include:
- Newborn cephalohematoma
- Bleeding in the brain
- Physical injuries resulting from blunt force trauma, pulling on the head, or vacuum extraction
- Undiagnosed brain infection
- Umbilical cord choking
- Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)
- Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH)
It’s important that you understand the extensive medical care and support your child will require if they’ve suffered from a hypoxic/anoxic brain injury. If this injury is the result of medical malpractice or negligence, it’s important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as you are able. Your child deserves proper care and compensation to help them navigate the rest of their lives.
Want to learn more about brain injury? Click here to download our Brain Injury Information sheet.
Cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy
Cerebral Palsy is usually caused by brain injury or trauma during birth. It affects a person’s muscle control and can delay their speech and development. Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy but many treatments are now available that can help manage symptoms and help both children and adults living with cerebral palsy lead an independent life.
Cerebral palsy during childbirth can be caused by:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Heart attack or stroke
- Lack of oxygen to the brain
- Medical negligence
- Fever and/or infection
Erb’s palsy is caused by damage to the brachial plexus nerves during birth. It causes paralysis of a child’s hand, arm or shoulder. Unlike cerebral palsy, many children diagnosed with Erb’s palsy often make a full recovery. However, in some cases the child may require surgery, physical therapy and occupational therapy to fully recover. Some children never regain use of the affected limb.
Spinal cord injuries
A spinal cord injury can occur during child birth due to strain from a doctor pulling and/or twisting, or improper use of tools on the child’s neck when removing them from the birth canal. There may also be undiagnosed damage to your child’s spine before birth which could cause a spinal cord injury during child birth.
When a spinal cord injury occurs, the connection between the nerves in your brain and the nerves in the rest of your body is disrupted. Trauma to your spinal cord causes this damage and can raise in severity from complete tears to mild bruising.
If your baby has endured a spinal cord injury, they will show symptoms of paralysis or weakness. In order to treat their injury, they may require medication, surgery, or both. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries often require long-term rehabilitation and other medical services.
Spinal cord injuries can result in temporary or permanent changes to muscle sensation and/or function. Spinal cord injuries that affect the neck are referred to as cervical injuries and can cause quadriplegia (loss of control over all four limbs and torso). The extent of the injury depends on where on the spinal cord the damage occurred. For instance, lower damage may only affect your child’s legs, however damage near the top of the spinal cord could be fatal.
You can learn more about spinal cord injuries here.
Other birth injuries caused by medical negligence or malpractice include:
- Wrongful birth
- C-section injuries
- Birth trauma
- Epidural injuries
Didn’t consult with a traumatic birth injury lawyer at the time of injury? We can still help.
If you didn’t meet with a traumatic birth injury lawyer yet, that’s okay. We can still work with you to get your family the compensation they deserve. You have up to two years from the time of the injury to pursue legal action and financial compensation in regular cases.
However, in cases of traumatic birth injury, the limitation period works a little differently. Essentially, a minor that has a valid birth injury claim will have two years from the time they’ve turned 18 to file a lawsuit. In cases where the plaintiff is legally incapable of filing a lawsuit, the deadline extends even further. In some cases, the defendant may trigger the start of the two-year period by asking the courts to appoint a guardian that will be in charge of their litigation.
These claims can be quite complicated, which is why it’s so important to get in contact with a traumatic birth injury lawyer as soon as you are able. Remember, we offer free consultations, and just because you meet with our team immediately, doesn’t mean you have to immediately pursue action.
Call us today at 613-730-8460 to meet with our team and discuss your options. This meeting will also give you a chance to ask any questions you may have for us. You don’t need to face these unknown hurdles alone with MG Law at your side.
Let our experienced traumatic birth injury lawyers help
Finding answers to difficult questions post-injury is something you shouldn’t have to face alone, especially when you’ve just given birth. Therefore, MG Law takes care of all the complex legal, medical and insurance related questions on your behalf.
After we fight for a fair accident settlement, we go the extra mile by pointing you in the right direction of influential health organizations and resources in your community. Ultimately, we’re here to help you get your life and your baby’s life back on track.
Our team of professionals will always put you and your family’s needs first. You can depend on us to carry your case forward as efficiently as possible. We’ll keep you aware of developments every step of the way. It all starts by simply giving us a call for a free consultation. Our team can deliver clear and concise legal information in English, French, Greek, all Arabic dialects, Mandarin, and Russian, so you can feel comfortable with our representation.
Helping people receive the compensation they deserve from traumatic birth injuries is what we do. We’ve been doing it for years. Together, we’ll identify what went wrong and exactly who is responsible, then fight to get you the traumatic birth injury compensation or settlement you deserve.
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Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs will give you the best chance at building a strong case. Our team of traumatic birth injury lawyers won’t just help you get the compensation your family deserve for damages, we’ll also connect you with a community rehabilitation team to provide your loved ones with the assistance and support they need to heal.
Your family’s community rehabilitation team will be by your side every step of the way as you and your loved one are discharged from the hospital. This ensures you have a safe, accessible place to return home to, you have the necessary appointments booked to help your loved one recover, and much more.
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