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When you’re expecting, it’s impossible not to daydream about what it will be like as your child grows up; first words, first steps, play dates, seeing them off to kindergarten, first dates, first heartbreaks, graduation, and perhaps watching as they have children of their own. But for parents of children who have sustained serious and debilitating birth injuries, some of these firsts may not happen in a way they dreamed; others may never happen at all.

Birth injuries can occur at anytime during the course of a pregnancy, labour, or delivery or in the period immediately following a birth. Accidents and mistakes during the course of care can happen anywhere and some birth injuries may be unavoidable. But when medical providers are negligent, breach standards of care and cause harm to an infant or mother, it’s called obstetrical malpractice.

Common Types of Birth Injuries

When an expectant mother receives improper care, both she and her child are at risk. For example, failure to properly monitor maternal and fetal health may result in untreated infections, poor management of medications or misdiagnosis or delayed signs of fetal distress.

Problematic conditions may include:

  • Fetal Tachycardia – A abnormal fetal heartbeat that can be an indication of fetal distress.
  • Meconium Aspiration – Often caused by prolonged labour or trauma in the womb, an infant’s first stool may mix with amniotic fluid and be ingested into the lungs.
  • Placental Insufficiency – Damage to the placenta may prevent oxygen and nutrients from the reaching the fetus in sufficient quantities
  • Shoulder dystocia – When a baby’s shoulders are lodged against mother’s pelvic bone during delivery.
  • Perinatal hypoxia, anoxia or asphyxia – A deficiency, absence, or deprivation (asphyxia) of oxygen before or during birth

These conditions, and improper technique or force during a delivery, can result in:

  • Brain injuries and cerebral palsy
  • Brachial plexus injuries (the network of nerves running from the neck to the arms) including Erb’s Palsy and Klumpke’s Palsy.
  • Spinal cord injuries from blunt force trauma or misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of spina bifida
  • Broken bones and scarring

If A Loved One Has Suffered A Birth Injury, We Can Help

Birth injuries that lead to lifelong disability and loss of function often require significant financial resources for rehabilitation to improve a victim’s quality of life. And while no amount could adequately compensate for their pain and suffering, these awards can also be used to help them and their loved ones gain a sense of closure.

Howie, Sacks and Henry’s birth injury lawyers are available to help you file a claim of obstetrical malpractice in Oshawa. Our skilled and experienced team has developed expertise in this complex area of law. HSH is recognized amongst our peers and clients as one of the country’s top personal injury firms.

At HSH we believe that distance and ability to travel should never be an obstacle to high quality legal representation. Our birth injury lawyers are able to meet with you in your own home in the Oshawa area or at a nearby consultation office. As we listen to your story, we’ll advise you of your options and will help to facilitate evaluations, testing and rehabilitation necessary to strengthen your case.

With a strong reputation for serving our clients with empathy, compassion and attentive care, HSH will always treat you with respect, dignity and kindness. We want to ensure that you never feel as though you’re just a file to us. Although the legal process can feel overwhelming and stressful, HSH birth injury lawyers will be by your side and on your side as your trusted advocates to support you every step of the way.

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Since 2011 Canadian Lawyer Magazine rated us one of the top personal injury law firms in Canada. Why? With close to 20 years helping accident victims and their families, our firm understands the laws that affect your rights to compensation because we’ve helped shape those laws in favour of accident victims.