Birth Injury

Families of children who have suffered injury at birth lead demanding lives. Over and above the care and stress shared by all families, you face the extra work of physically and emotionally caring for a birth-injured child. Planning for long-term success and support is a very real concern.

Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP is sensitive to the needs and concerns of families whose children have been affected by birth injury. We work to find answers through listening, investigation and committed advocacy.

Legal Resource For Birth Injury

Children can suffer a wide range of effects as a result of birth trauma. Among the more common conditions are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Infant brain damage

As your child grows, you and your family will discover the full extent of your child's condition and how it may affect long-term well-being. Among the many challenges you may face are financial constraints and the difficulty of planning for your child's future. Understanding what happened and what legal options exist can help you feel more in control.

At Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP, we have highly respected and committed personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers. We are focused on litigation, which means we have the time, resources and knowledge to thoroughly investigate evidence and come to a conclusion about the source of a birth injury and the possibility of pursuing a legal claim. We offer you compassion, objective advice, honesty, tenacity and fierce advocacy.

Lawyers For Birth Injuries Lawsuits In Ontario

To learn more about the work of our birth injury lawyers in Toronto and Vaughan, visit our page on things to know about birth injury. To meet with one of our lawyers to discuss your legal options, contact us at 416‑599‑7900 or online for a free initial consultation.. We travel throughout the province to meet with families dealing with the results of birth injury.

Things You Need to Know

You need to know what happened to cause your child's condition $mdash; finding the answers to your pressing questions about why and how will help you and your family to move forward. The answers will also help you assess your legal options. For parents of children affected by birth injury, we focus first on thoroughly investigating what happened. Our medical malpractice lawyers have the knowledge, dedication and resources to investigate your case.

Taking The Next Steps

We are committed to honesty. In some cases, after thorough investigation, we will recommend that legal action is possible and appropriate. In others, legal action in a birth injury or other personal injury case will not be advised. Knowing our clients, understanding their objectives and what we can offer them as legal counsel are important factors in this decision.

All parents want the best for their children, and you have the right to fully understand the cause of your family's challenges. Our seasoned medical malpractice lawyers have the knowledge and experience to understand and interpret medical evidence. We know the questions to ask to get the answers you seek.

Legal Information For Parents In Ontario

Our lawyers can be the source of the information and advocacy you need to resolve your important questions. To meet with us to discuss your family's situation, contact us at 416-599-7900 or online for a free initial consultation.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a blanket term covering many conditions that affect motor function and, in some cases, cognitive abilities. As a parent of a child living with cerebral palsy, you may still have questions about how the condition came about and how your family can find the resources you need to support your child.

Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP lawyers help Ontario families to investigate the cause of their child's condition and determine whether delivery room errors or medical negligence could be to blame. We offer you dedication, commitment, compassion, and our honest assessment of what may have taken place.

Untangling The Medical Evidence

Cerebral palsy can be the result of oxygen deprivation during the birth process. The details of what happened during the birth and the actions of your medical team are important when analyzing possible legal steps.

A thorough investigation of the medical evidence can often reveal what caused your child's cerebral palsy. The condition may be the result of medical professionals failing to meet their standard of care, or it may be rooted elsewhere. We work with medical experts and use our in-depth legal knowledge of medical cases to assess what happened.

If it is possible that medical malpractice has occurred, we may recommend legal action. If your family chooses to pursue this path, we will be your dedicated, vigorous advocates. Our lawyers are experienced counsel; we can provide straightforward advice about your legal options and partner with you to pursue legal redress.

Ontario Lawyers Advising on Birth Trauma and Brain Damage

In some cases, brain damage at birth may not develop into cerebral palsy. However, the effects of the birth injury may still adversely affect your child's development. To learn more about how Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP can help you and your family, contact us at 416‑599‑7900 or online for a free initial consultation.

Brachial Plexus

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves running from the spine that connects to the upper limbs. Brachial plexus injuries involve the stretching, severing and damaging of these nerves. Unfortunately, brachial plexus injuries can occur as a result of a difficult childbirth, resulting in physical impairment for your newborn.

Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP will offer you seasoned, compassionate advice on your child's brachial plexus injuries — what happened, why, and what legal options you have. We have the experience with medical malpractice claims and the legal knowledge to advocate for you and your child.

Occurrence and Risk Factors For Brachial Plexus Injury

During the birthing process, as the head emerges, the child's shoulder may become lodged in the cartilage connecting the mother's left and right pelvic bones. This condition is called shoulder dystocia. Force must then be applied to get the baby out.

Brachial plexus injuries can result from this process. Brachial plexus injuries occur at the rate of one to two of every 1,000 births.

Prevention of brachial plexus injuries involves an awareness of the risk factors for shoulder dystocia during birth. Risk factors include gestational diabetes or excessive weight gain in the mother during pregnancy, slow dilation or descent during birth, and a prior instance of shoulder dystocia or brachial plexus injury during childbirth.

Toronto Lawyers For Birth Injury Claims In Ontario

We start by helping to answer your questions about your child's injury. Then we analyze the medical information related to your case and assess your legal options, calling on the support of expert professionals. When you are ready to pursue a case, we will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Medical malpractice and birth injuries are key parts of our practice. We are committed to giving you the information and advocacy you require. To meet with a member of our team, contact us at 416‑599‑7900 or online for a free initial consultation.

Infant Brain Damage

Attentive medical care is critical during childbirth and in the early moments of a child's life, in particular for a high-risk pregnancy or a difficult delivery. In the unfortunate cases where a birth injury occurs, families are left reeling from the effects. We can help to answer your questions about what happened and what options are available.

Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP has many years of experience in medical malpractice. Our lawyers are sensitive to the difficult circumstances in which families of birth injury victims find themselves. We help you find answers to your questions about your child's birth injury, and provide you with clear, reasoned advice.

The Need For Speed In Medical Intervention

Following a complicated birth, medical professionals must act quickly to ensure your child is given all appropriate medical supports. During a birth where oxygen deprivation occurs, a child may develop conditions related to cerebral palsy, among others. Intervention by doctors can mitigate the effects of the oxygen deprivation. The use of ice therapy, for example, has been shown to prevent the development of cerebral palsy in cases of oxygen deprivation.

Despite effective mitigation, a child may still suffer the effects of delivery room errors. Investigation into the medical evidence related to your case can reveal if brain damage at birth occurred and what long-term medical effects this may have.

At Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP, our lawyers are familiar with the difficult emotional, financial and logistical effects your child's birth injury can have on your family. We offer you a compassionate, knowledgeable, realistic assessment of your potential avenues for legal action.

Toronto Lawyers For Birth Injuries In Ontario

Our medical malpractice group is led by James Newland, who is well-known for his medical malpractice work in Ontario. A significant component of James' practice relates to complex personal injury or medical negligence cases; in one such case, James recovered a verdict after trial of $6.2 million. He also has extensive experience in the area of medical class actions and mass torts.

To learn how we can help you with answers and advice, contact us at 416‑599‑7900 or online for a free initial consultation.