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When you dream of becoming a parent, you envision a life filled with new responsibilities, adventure, warm hugs and, of course, sleepless nights. All of that is expected for a new parent who is facing the most exciting time of their lives.
What you don’t expect however, is injury, pain and turmoil.
The Reality of Birth Injuries
But, while rare, birth injuries happen to those who least expect it. Whether during pregnancy, labour or delivery, an injury to your newborn child can have long-term consequences, sometimes even proving fatal. An injury can mean the difference between your dream – and your nightmare.
Obstetrical malpractice can result when your doctor ignores or improperly assesses signs of fetal or birth trauma. Using too much force during delivery or using medical tools, like forceps, incorrectly, can cause spinal cord injuries, broken bones or worse. In fact, a recent study found that the rate of trauma to a baby and mother during vaginal (particularly forceps) deliveries, has increased in Canada in recent years.
There are a variety of birth injuries that can affect your child and family. For example, Brachial plexus palsy can impact the brachial plexus, a group of nerves in the shoulder and upper arm that control all arm functions. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that can permanently affect a child’s motor skills and muscle coordination. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) relates to the brain damage that can result due to a shortage of oxygen or blood flow to the brain.
These unforeseen traumas can severely impact your infant and your family. The resulting conditions can require long-term rehabilitation, therapy and care, which can prove not only exhausting but costly. Aside from those expenses, one must factor in the costs associated with emotional pain too.
If You’re Hurt, We Can Help
If negligence by a medical or nursing practitioner has occurred – such as an error in treatment or a misdiagnosis – and a birth injury resulted, they can be held responsible. And you may be eligible to receive damages and compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced and to help you care for your injured child. Those financial resources can prove vital to helping your child attain a good quality of life.
At Howie, Sacks & Henry, our team of compassionate and professional lawyers have 40 years’ experience in medical malpractice. During that time, we’ve established an exceptional reputation for the depth of our expertise and for always fighting as hard – and as intelligently – as we can on behalf of our medical malpractice clients to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Looking for a Birth Injury Lawyer in Saskatchewan? Contact Us
An HSH birth injury lawyer will be pleased to meet you in your own home in Saskatchewan or at a consultation office nearby so that distance or travel won’t be an obstacle to obtaining high quality legal representation. As we listen to your story, we’ll offer advice about your options and help to facilitate the assessments, testing or therapies you or your loved one will need to strengthen your case and assist in your recovery.