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ICP Lawyers - Toronto Medal Malpractice


Our Toronto ICP lawyers can help you to exercise your legal rights to obtain compensation for obstetric cholestasis medical malpractice. You can rely on our specialist advocates to take care of your compensation claim in a comprehensive, helpful, sympathetic and professional manner. Your lawyer will deal with your ICP obstetric cholestasis medical malpractice case using a contingency fee arrangement which means if you don't succeed in receiving a financial settlement then your lawyer won't get paid. If you are the innocent victim of a medical malpractice in Ontario then you may be able to recover compensation. For advice at no cost on intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), without obligation, from a Toronto medical malpractice lawyer just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our Toronto office. A lawyer based in Toronto will telephone you immediately to discuss your compensation claim.

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)

Failure to recognize or deal with obstetric cholestasis or ICP (intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy) may be due to medical malpractice. This condition is a liver disorder that results from a reduced flow of bile fluids which are produced by the liver and affects approximately 1% of women during pregnancy and continues until the child is delivered. Often the only symptom that occurs is itching of the hands and feet which disappears within a few weeks of delivery. The condition does pose a risk of harm to an unborn child and may prove fatal unless it is recognized promptly and treated properly, usually by early delivery around 35th to 38th week. ICP Obstetric cholestasis usually increases in intensity in subsequent pregnancies and the same mother may require earlier delivery for each successive child.

Itching & ICP

High levels of estrogen produced during pregnancy inhibit bile flow which increases concentrations of bile salts in the blood resulting in itching. This condition poses a danger to the unborn child particularly in the latter stages of pregnancy and can result in stillbirth. Obstetric cholestasis is often a hereditary although it can skip several generations. Following complaint about abnormal itching a doctor should take a blood sample for evaluation of liver function and after eliminating all other possible diseases and disorders a diagnosis may be made. This condition is relatively rare and many midwives and doctors are not knowledgeable about the proper procedures for handling this disease which can result in medical malpractice.


Symptoms are often difficult to diagnose however itching usually starts on the soles of the feet and the palms, extending to the rest of the body and often including the face, ears, mouth and head. The itching is often most intense during the night and can lead to sleep deprivation, exhaustion and physical fatigue. About 20% of patients suffer from jaundice and some infants are born jaundiced. Mothers may suffer from malabsorption of vitamins and there is a 20% risk of postpartum hemorrhage which may be caused by inadequate absorption of vitamin K, which is needed for the blood to clot.