Adverse Obstetrical Events (“Red Flags”)


Adverse events, or “red flags”, are hospital complications that result in injury, disability, or death. According to a cross-country study of hospital care in Canada, approximately 38% of adverse events could be prevented by adhering to a reasonable standard of medical care, including in cases of obstetrical emergencies. A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology demonstrated that over one-third of children with cerebral palsy experienced at least one of the following six adverse, birth-related events:

Birth Asphyxia

Birth Trauma

Cord Prolapse

Fetal Distress

Placental Abruption

Uterine Rupture

If your child suffered a “complication” and has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, it is wise for parents to question whether the healthcare professional(s) failed to meet the standard of care. Should your child’s injury be the result of medical negligence, he or she is entitled to compensation.

Parents simply want to create the best life possible for their children. CP families quickly learn the tremendous financial cost and attention required to give their loved one a positive future. The financial strain of raising a child with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, for example, is about ten times that of a child without such challenges.

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Don Renaud, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Don’s sense of accomplishment is derived from verdicts and settlements which improve the lives of his clients. His extensive trial experience, network and training relieves pressure to settle if a more appropriate amount is obtainable through either jury trial or trial by judge alone.

Mark Barry, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Mark’s experience as a litigator includes time as both a criminal defense lawyer as well as a federal prosecutor. His trial work has taken him around the province, and has involved cases in front of both judge alone and juries.

Maida Collins, Paralegal

Maida currently assists Don with serious ICBC claims and complex medical negligence files, including birth trauma and cerebral palsy cases. Among Maida’s responsibilities are case investigation, documentary disclosure, legal document preparation, legal research and analysis, trial preparation, and witness interviews.

Lisa Novak, Paralegal

Lisa is involved in the process from initial client consultation to follow-up with clients post-settlement or verdict. Her responsibilities include case investigation, documentary disclosure, legal document preparation, trial preparation, and witness interviews.


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