What is physical birth trauma? How to know if you’ve experienced it

What Is Physical Birth Trauma? How to Know if You’ve Experienced It

Before your baby was born, you were likely excited and couldn’t wait to meet them! But if you’ve been a victim of physical birth trauma, that excitement may have been marred. You may have been physically injured and suffered psychological distress that made it harder to recover from giving birth and bond with your baby.

We’ll explain the following:

  • What some of the most common instances of physical birth trauma are.
  • What the impact of physical birth trauma can be.
  • Why you should consider consulting a medical negligence lawyer if you’ve suffered physical birth trauma.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, our experienced medical negligence lawyers are here to help you if you’ve been a victim of physical birth trauma.

What are some of the common instances of physical birth trauma?

These are some of the most common instances of physical birth trauma:

  • Perineal tears. This is a laceration of the skin or muscles and other soft tissues between the vaginal opening and the anus.
  • Pelvic floor muscle damage. The pelvic muscles support your vagina, uterus, bladder, and bowels.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse. A pelvic organ prolapse takes place when a hernia (a gap in a muscular wall) of your pelvic organs occurs through an opening in your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Pelvic fractures such as fractures of your public bone, coccyx or sacrum.
  • Cesarean wounds

What can the impact of physical birth trauma be?

The impact of physical birth trauma varies depending on the type of injury sustained and its severity.

A minor perineal tear can be repaired with stitches with no lasting damage. But a more severe perineal tear that doesn’t heal properly can lead to severe issues such as anal incontinence.

Pelvic muscle damage can have a variety of impacts, and it can cause incontinence and an increased risk of a bladder or uterus prolapse.

Some of the organs impacted by a pelvic organ prolapse are your bladder, uterus, and bowels. Some of the most common ways a pelvic organ prolapse can impact you are that it can cause incontinence, make intercourse difficult or painful, or cause constipation.

While a “c-section” is regarded as routine, it is still major surgery! Your caesarian section’s wound must heal correctly; otherwise, you may suffer from lingering pain, numbness, and a “pulling” feeling.

Why should I consider hiring a medical negligence lawyer if I’ve suffered from physical birth trauma?

You should hire a medical negligence lawyer if you’ve suffered from physical birth trauma because physical birth trauma can have a lifelong impact on you.

Depending on the severity of the physical birth trauma you suffer, you may:

  • Have to reduce the number of hours you can work or stop working altogether.
  • Have to pay someone to perform household chores you can no longer do, such as gardening or cleaning.
  • Have to pay medical bills that aren’t covered by private or provincial insurance.
  • Have to miss out on opportunities due to pain and suffering.

A good medical negligence lawyer can explain how they can help you pursue a medical malpractice case and why compensation is so important is that you’ve suffered from physical birth trauma.

Why should I hire a medical negligence lawyer from Sommers Roth & Elmaleh?

Our medical negligence lawyers at Sommers Roth & Elmaleh have extensive experience pursuing medical malpractice cases, including obstetrical malpractice cases.

Our medical negligence lawyers have dealt with a variety of medical malpractice cases involving:

  • Medical errors made before or during a mother’s pregnancy. Some of the errors are failure to properly monitor a mother’s health, failure to perform genetic testing, and failure to detect abnormal fetal development.
  • Medical errors made during labour and delivery. Some of these errors include an unnecessary delay in delivery, mistakes made during an assisted delivery (such as improper use of forceps) and a failure to monitor a fetal heartbeat properly.
  • Medical errors made after birth. Some of the errors include a failure to treat an infection, a failure to treat meconium aspiration syndrome, and improper use of neo-natal treatments.

Physical birth trauma can have only a minor impact if you heal well. If you don’t heal well from it, then it can have lifelong consequences. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a medical negligence lawyer from Sommers Roth & Elmaleh. Our medical negligence lawyers can explain to you if they think you have a strong case and what’s involved in pursuing a medical malpractice case if you’ve been a victim of physical birth trauma.

Our medical negligence lawyers can also explain to you what kind of damages you may be eligible for to help compensate you for pain and suffering as well as lost income. We retain numerous medical experts to ensure that we can help present the most robust case for you in court.

You Don’t Just Have to Live With Physical Birth Trauma

We’ve now explained some of the most common instances of physical birth trauma are, including pelvic floor muscle damage and pelvic organ prolapse. The damage done by physical birth damage can be minor and heal quickly, but it can also have lifelong consequences!

This is why it’s so important to consult a medical negligence lawyer if you’ve gone through physical birth trauma. You shouldn’t have to miss out on opportunities in life because of your trauma, and a medical negligence lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

At Somers Roth & Elmaleh, our medical negligence lawyers will explain every aspect of how a medical malpractice case works – from what proof is required to what kind of compensation you may be able to get. Our medical negligence lawyers will be with you every step of the way to support you during your case.

Contact Us to Learn More About How Our Medical Negligence Lawyers Can Help You

You’re not alone if you’ve been the victim of physical birth trauma. A medical negligence lawyer from Somers Roth & Elmaleh can help! To set up a free consultation, call us at 416-961-1212 or contact us online.

Hilik Elmaleh

Hilik practices in the area of civil litigation, with a particular focus on medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. he is a member of the law society of Ontario, the Canadian bar association, the American association for justice, the medical-legal society of Toronto and the Toronto lawyers association.

Hilik has been selected for inclusion in best lawyers Ontario and best lawyers Canada and is ranked as a leading practitioner in medical negligence law by expert, the Canadian legal expert directory.

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