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Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance of Canada
The Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance of Canada is a national network of personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers who specialize in supporting families affected by birth injuries. Our members are knowledgeable and caring advocates with access to experts in all aspects of birth injury to advocate for children and families.
Our Regional Alberta and Northwest Territories Birth Injury Lawyer
Lawyer Joseph Miller of Weir Bowen LLP is a highly skilled and experienced litigator. Joseph has handled more medical malpractice cases than any other lawyer in the Province of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In nearly 40 years of practice, he has obtained both the largest injury settlement and the largest personal injury trial verdict in Alberta. Joseph represents clients on a range of birth injury cases and is often asked to deliver seminars on medical malpractice.
In 2010, Joseph was appointed Queen’s Counsel, a designation that recognises outstanding work and contributions in a lawyer’s public life. He graduated from the University of Alberta and is the proud father of four sons. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Joseph is also an active hockey and soccer coach, and a volunteer with Minor Hockey Associations.
How We Help
There are few things more devastating than eagerly anticipating the birth of your child, only to learn that your child has suffered a birth injury. During this time, you may be filled with anger, sadness, and anxiety as you worry about what your child’s future will look like — and how you will care for and support them.
At the Birth Injury Alliance of Canada (BILA), we understand just how challenging this time is for parents. We are here for you. Starting with a free initial consultation, we will put your mind at ease by advising you of your rights and options. If you choose to work with a member of BILA, we will get to work immediately by investigating what happened and putting together a claim for compensation.
One of the most difficult questions that many parents face is whether their child’s birth injury was preventable. Not all birth injuries are preventable. However, proper monitoring of the mother and baby and prompt intervention when necessary can prevent many birth injuries. The only way to know for sure is by performing an investigation of the circumstances surrounding your prenatal care, labour and delivery, and antenatal care. If a doctor or other healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care for their profession, then you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.
Do I Really Need a Birth Injury Lawyer?
If you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical malpractice, then your best chance of a full financial settlement or award is by working with a skilled birth injury lawyer. It may be tempting to simply accept an offer from the insurance company, particularly when you are struggling in the aftermath of a traumatic birth experience. This settlement offers often fail to fully account for the level of care that your child will need throughout their life. A birth injury lawyer will advocate for you, and work to get you the maximum compensation for your claim.
How Do I Find a Birth Injury Lawyer?
After a birth injury, you may be feeling overwhelmed. The thought of finding a good lawyer to take on a medical malpractice claim may seem like too much. Fortunately, BILA offers a straightforward way to select a birth injury lawyer in your province. Each member of our alliance has specific experience in handling both medical malpractice and birth injury claims. We work collaboratively, which allows us to take advantage of each other’s knowledge, experience, and resources, which helps our clients get the best possible outcome.
Alberta and the Northwest Territories Health Care and Resources
If you are currently pregnant, or if your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury, the following resources may be helpful for you as you seek care and treatment.
Calgary Women’s Health Centre
1441 29 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4J8
Women’s Health Clinic of Edmonton
604-11010 101st Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 4B9
Alberta Perinatal Health Program
101 – 10611 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 3C8
Phone: (780) 735 1000
310 South Tower, Foothills Medical Centre
1403-29 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9
Phone: (403) 944-1242
Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 6A8
Phone: (403) 955-7211
Stanton Territorial Hospital
550 Byrne Rd, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N1
Birth Injury Statistics For Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Canada
Alberta and the Northwest Territories have relatively few obstetricians, gynaecologists, and paediatricians, compared to other areas of Canada. According to the Southham Medical Database, there are just 133 ob/gyn specialists for every 100,000 people in Alberta, and just 2 ob/gyns for every 100,000 people in the Northwest Territories. Lack of specialized care may contribute to birth injuries, particularly for high-risk pregnancies.
On average, less than 50% of all mothers in Canada had a labour and delivery that was free from complications between 2001 and 2005.
Women in Alberta are 2.5 times more likely than average to suffer physical trauma from childbirth. Out of every 100 births in Alberta, 14.5 women experience serious obstetric trauma from the use of instruments such as forceps and vacuums.
Birth weight is an indicator of the health status of newborns. A high birth weight is associated with a higher rate of birth injuries and intellectual and developmental problems later in life. High birth weight babies may require additional monitoring in care. In the Northwest Territories, 18.6% of babies are born with a high birth weight, compared to 11.7% across Canada.