Canadian Birth Injury Law Blog

Here on the Canadian Birth Injury Law Blog, BILA members share answers to common questions about birth trauma and the legal issues that can arise from this type of injury. Have a question or topic you would like us to address? Please let us know!


What is the Limitation Period for Your Child’s Claim?

Many parents of children injured at birth are surprised to learn the length of time that they have to start a legal claim on behalf of their child. In most provinces, the limitation period is suspended while the child is a minor, after which a 2-year limitation period typically applies from the date medical treatment […]

Fort Nelson, B.C. Cannot Support Expecting Mothers

Insufficient Staffing Closes Maternity Services A November 28, 2017 memo from Airport Way Medical Clinic announced the permanent discontinuation of Maternity Services in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. The memo stated the reason being is that there is simply not enough staffing support to ensure safe obstetric care. Expecting mothers of Fort Nelson are now unable […]

Lucas Warren – The New Face of Gerber

2018 Gerber Baby Search With thousands of hopeful parents and babies seeking to be featured in Gerber ads each year, the Gerber Photo Search contest has captivated the nation every year since its 2010 conception. The 2017 search proved no different as parents submitted over 140,000 photos of their smiling babies, with the hope that […]

Uterine Contraction Patterns and Risk of Harm

The fetus relies on adequate circulation of blood in the uterus and umbilical cord to provide enough oxygen to maintain fetal well-being during labour. The condition of the fetus is assessed during labour by monitoring the fetal heart rate. There are characteristic patterns of the fetal heart rate reflected on a tracing that indicates good […]

Proving Causation in Medical Malpractice Cases

In order to succeed in a medical malpractice case, the patient must prove, on the balance of probabilities, the following: That the medical practitioner in question (physician, nurse, midwife etc.) owed the plaintiff a duty of care (usually not an issue), A breach of the standard of care required of any reasonably competent practitioner of […]