Langley Birth Injury Lawyer
The rise of medical interventions during labour has led to an increase in adverse events for mothers and babies. With infant mortality of just under 5 per 1,000 live births, our country gets a “C” score for infant mortality rate and ranks second-last among 17 peer nations, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
Our rate of induced labour – often associated with birth trauma – is 27 percent, more than double the World Health Organization recommendation. Some studies have found less than 50 percent of birthing mothers had complication-free labour. The Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that 30 to 50 percent of hospital complications are preventable.
At Preszler Law, a birth injury law firm, you will receive the respect, attention, care, and justice you deserve from our team of skilled Langley personal injury lawyers. We offer free consultations and contingency-based legal representation, so finding the best lawyer doesn’t cost our clients anything upfront or out-of-pocket.
Was it a birth injury?
Birthing a baby is a difficult and miraculous process beyond our control in many regards. However, there are also birth injuries that can be prevented with proper medical care. Learning the truth can be painful, but it’s important to address your concerns openly in a court of law to hold medical providers accountable for their negligence to prevent similar events from befalling other families.
Common birth injuries include:
- Autism caused by hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, when the baby is deprived of oxygen or blood flow
- Behavioural problems caused by neurological damage from forceps or vacuums
- Brachial plexus injuries affecting the baby’s neck, shoulder, and arm.
- Shoulder dystocia when the nerves are stretched or detached, affecting arm function permanently
- Cerebral palsy caused by oxygen impairment, umbilical cord compression, hypoxia, or uterine rupture
- Erb’s palsy when brachial plexus nerves are damaged during delivery, causing paralysis
- Childhood obesity, metabolic syndrome, or birth complications from vaginal labour and fetal macrosomia
- Brain injury-related to poorly monitored hypoglycemia, jaundice, or hyperbilirubinemia
- Fetal death due to untreated preeclampsia, neonatal stroke, or infection
- Brain damage related to infections, seizures, strokes, meconium aspiration, or negligent resuscitation
How A Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help
A birth injury lawyer is a great friend to have during this emotional time. Our Langley personal injury lawyers will provide you with referrals to the best medical providers, while we take a closer look at the protocol followed during your labour and delivery. We consult with outside medical professionals to determine what could have and should have been done to prevent what happened. While the answers can’t undo what has happened, it can prevent future harm and help make a case for financial compensation.
If we secure the maximum compensation, you may receive money for: past, present, and future medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and therapies; home modifications to accommodate disability; home care services; lost wages and loss of future earning capacity; pain and suffering.
Contact a birth injury lawyer at Preszler Law to discuss your claim, free of charge. We proudly serve more than 25,000 residents of Langley in the Metro Vancouver Regional District. Children born in British Columbia before June 1, 2013, have until age 21 to file a civil lawsuit. Children born in British Columbia after June 1, 2013 have an unlimited period to pursue compensation if the child is severely disabled. Other exceptions may apply, so it is always best to speak with a knowledgeable professional.