Barbara MacFarlane discusses birthing injuries as part of the
Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
The birth of a child is usually the happiest time in your life.
Or at least it should be. But...Sometimes things can go wrong. You
put your trust in medical professionals to help you deliver your
baby safely. They are trained to watch for and handle medical
If proper medical care is not provided to you or your baby,
serious injuries can happen.
For example, a baby could become distressed during labour and
needs help. If a doctor or nurses miss the warning signs or the
baby is not delivered in a timely way a terrible brain injury
resulting in cerebral palsy can happen.
Another example might be a baby with shoulder dystocia.
Basically, the baby's shoulder gets stuck and labour stops. If
a doctor uses excess force on the baby delivering a baby with
shoulder dystocia a brachial plexus injury can occur. The nerves in
the baby's neck can be permanently damaged affecting the use of
the baby's arm and hand. It could even cause a permanent injury
to the baby's brain.
These lifelong injuries can have a devastating impact on the
babies and their families. Often, children born with brain injuries
or nerve injuries will require extra care and support for their
whole life. The costs associated with this care could be
Injuries suffered at birth affects not just the baby but the
If you or someone you love has suffered from a medical mistake,
we are experienced medical malpractice trial lawyers and we can
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