Toronto Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Traumatic brain injuries are always very concerning, and when a newborn baby suffers such an injury during the birth process, it is particularly devastating. These unfortunate injuries can have long-term damaging effects on the life of a child. There are many precautions in place by hospitals to ensure safety to mothers and babies during childbirth. Traumatic brain injuries in these circumstances are thankfully rare, but in the cases when they do occur it is often the result of negligence on the doctor or hospital’s part. If there is sufficient cause to believe that your doctor or hospital is at fault for your child’s brain injury, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. At Mazin & Associates, PC, we have experience in cases such as these, and we feel that it is more than warranted to bring justice in cases where the care for and delivery of your newborn child is compromised. Contact our office today at (416) 625-2122 to discuss your child’s injury and how best to proceed.
Why You Need a Lawyer
For this kind of case, a lawyer can be very beneficial, especially one who is experienced in birth injury cases. The details in these types of cases can be very technical, and an experienced lawyer will know best how to use the resources available, like medical records, to build a strong case. Also, a lawyer who is experienced in birth injury cases knows how to effectively communicate and work with medical experts who can further strengthen your case with their testimony. As opposed to handling it on your own, having a lawyer by your side can make the legal process far less stressful. With a capable lawyer representing you, you can take comfort in knowing that you stand a good chance of getting the funds needed to take care of your child’s future medical expenses.
Why Choose us
Mazin & Associates, PC is among the best firms for handling serious injury cases like these because of our experience and compassion. Considering the nature of these unfortunate injuries, we hold an obligation not only to you but to ourselves to bring justice to doctors and hospitals that fail in their responsibility of providing care and protection to your newborn child. We keep your interests as our first priority and we always make sure to keep you consistently updated on the status of your case.
Our founder, Gary Mazin, has over a decade’s worth of experience in practicing law and has led the way in establishing our remarkable track record. We have won millions of dollars on behalf of our clients in defending their rights against the negligence of others. During the legal process, we take the lead on all of the key steps involved with building your case while communicating with you regularly. As we care about the comfort of our clients first and foremost, we only work on a contingency basis. This means that you can focus on recovering from your situation and preparing for the future, and you will only owe us if we obtain compensation for you. You may contact us anytime for a free consultation to discuss the nature of your case and how best to proceed.
Cases We Handle
Brain injuries that occur to babies are serious and can arise from a variety of complications. The ways that they may occur include oxygen deprivation, physical trauma, or infant jaundice. Common causes of oxygen deprivation include placental abruption, blocked airways, or issues with the umbilical cord. Jaundice is often considered a relatively minor condition that doesn’t pose threatening side effects to the baby. However, it is important that it is treated promptly or the brain may be affected. Untreated jaundice may lead to kernicterus, a condition characterized by the brain being damaged by abnormally high levels of bilirubin. While some of these difficult complications can’t be helped, there are some cases, such as in the delivery process, where doctors or hospitals can be held liable for not taking proper care while supervising this important sequence of events. For example, if the doctor improperly uses the birth-assisting tools, such as the forceps and vacuums, the delivery could be made less smooth and the baby could suffer injuries to the head.
There are also many cases where the medical staff on hand should be able to anticipate risks in the delivery process and prepare accordingly. However, they may neglect to do so in an unacceptable oversight. Some of the symptoms of brain injuries in a newborn can be observed in their appearance after birth. They may have an abnormally large forehead, distorted facial features, or an unusually small head, although this can be common in smaller infants. The long-term effects can be observed as the child matures and progresses through different stages in development. Cognitive symptoms can include lapses in attention and concentration, difficulties with memory and processing information, processing language, impulse control, and communication. There are also perceptual and physical symptoms which may emerge as your infant grows older. Some may be more difficult to identify at first, while some are more blatant. The more obvious symptoms are primarily physical and include extreme fatigue, sleeping disorders, light sensitivity, paralysis, and tremors.
Frequently Asked Questions about Traumatic Brain Injuries
How is Infant Brain Damage Diagnosed?
The most common method that is used to assess the nature of an infant’s brain injury is through an MRI or a CT scan. These provide accurate medical images of the brain that give an indication of if there is a brain hemorrhage or a skull fracture. Because of the fact that a baby’s young, developing brain is hard to analyze, a CT scan is only recommended if a test shows that the infant scores less than 15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This is a tool for measuring a person’s relative level of consciousness. Infants are assessed on a scale of 3 to 15.
What is the treatment for infant brain damage?
Treatment options for a brain injury to an infant vary depending on the nature of the injury and its severity. A new method has emerged, known as therapeutic cooling, that can stop many conditions, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and epilepsy, from occurring by reducing the body heat of infants. Other treatment options include physical and occupational therapy, medications developed to help with attention, concentration, and stabilizing mood, as well as adaptive devices designed to let children become more independent in their functional skills. If the brain injury is severe, this may necessitate surgery as a treatment option. Surgery can be beneficial in many cases, and it helps reduce swelling and maintain blood and oxygen flow to the brain. However, it is still possible that even with surgery, the child may endure developmental difficulties or other disabilities. If the issue that arises with a brain injury is related to intellectual or learning difficulties, there isn’t a cure. However, effective help can be offered to the child as they grow in the form of occupational therapy. There are even some cases where physical therapy can help as well.
Is it necessary to consult a doctor on my own to help with the case?
Your lawyer will communicate with different medical experts on your behalf to gain their testimonies and build the strength and credibility of your case. However, there may be a responsibility for you to make an appointment with a doctor as well to assess your baby’s condition and provide another source of input.
Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
The sequence of events that culminates in the birth of a child requires constant attention and care to ensure that everything goes smoothly. One mistake or lapse in attention is enough to greatly increase the risk of a baby suffering a birth injury. To give an indication of its prevalence, one in 9,714 U.S. births include a birth injury. Another telling statistic is that in 2006 alone, over 157,000 birth injuries were judged as potentially avoidable. This is a sign that there is a glaring opportunity for improvement in the standards of care and attention being observed by doctors and hospitals. While there are many doctors who are capable of providing the proper care in delicate situations such as the birth of a child, whenever medical staff makes mistakes that result in injury to a child, they should always be held accountable.
Contact Us Today
If you have reason to believe that your infant’s brain injury was a result of a doctor or hospital’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team at Mazin & Associates, PC will relentlessly fight on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today at (416) 625-2122 for a free consultation and decide how best to proceed.