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Every New Year’s Eve there is great anticipation in maternity wards across the province, and Brantford General Hospital is no exception. Who will be the hospital’s first born on January 1 symbolically ushering in the new year? Local newsrooms all await the call from the hospital and get ready to send a reporter to interview the newest mother in town.

Most often these are happy stories, where a new mom gushes that her baby is just “perfect.” Sadly, not all birth stories are this positive. Every year in Ontario some expectant parents will learn their child has been injured during birthing procedures. While some of these injuries are unavoidable, others are deemed to be preventable adverse events where medical negligence has contributed to a serious injury or death.

Common birth injuries include brachial plexus injuries, bone fractures, perinatal asphyxia, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, spinal cord damage or scarring, marking and hemorrhaging. In serious cases, these injuries can cause of contribute to lifelong disability.

The Cost of Medical Malpractice

Any new parent knows that raising a child is expensive. But raising a child with a serious disability much more. Specialized care, doctor’s appointments, and therapy add to usual and and anticipated costs. If the child is severely disabled, they may not be able to ever live independently. At a time when new parents are expecting to be overjoyed, they may instead find themselves sad, angry and overwhelmed by these birth injuries and worried about their future and their child’s long-term well-being. And they will rightly ask, who will pay for all of this?

When standards of care have been breached and negligent medical care has caused a person serious harm, it’s called medical malpractice. This complex area of law includes incidents involving birth injuries, surgical errors (operating on the wrong patient or body part, leaving surgical instruments in the body, improper technique leading to nerve damage or other injury), medication errors (incorrect dose or type of medication, or improperly administering medication), and delayed or misdiagnosis due to improper testing.

Victims of medical malpractice or their loved ones may be able to obtain compensation and damages for their losses and secure financial resources to provide the care these victims need to recover or achieve a good quality of life.

Helping Brantford Victims of Medical Malpractice

Howie, Sacks and Henry’s personal injury lawyers have the expertise to handle complex medical cases involving birth injuries and other forms of medical malpractice. Insurance providers know HSH’s reputation for helping our clients build strong cases and they understand that if we don’t believe their settlement offers are fair, just and meet the needs of our clients, we have no hesitation about proceeding to court.

HSH’s medical malpractice lawyers understand and empathise with our clients and provide compassionate, caring and respectful professional service. We are pleased to meet you in your own home or at a nearby consultation office in Brantford to ensure you are comfortable. You can have confidence that we will be your tireless legal advocates and advisors and a dependable part of your support team.

When you or a loved one has been hurt by a medical provider’s negligence, trust HSH’s medical malpractice team to be there for you every step of the way on the road to recovery. To us, you are not just another case – you are a life.

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