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Labour Injury Lawyer - Toronto Malpractice




If you choose our Toronto based lawyers to represent you in your labour injury compensation claim, we will provide committed and vigorous representation on your behalf. You will receive a complete professional service from Toronto lawyers who deal with claiming compensation for labour injuries caused as a result of a medical malpractice. If you would like advice at no cost without obligation from a Toronto medical malpractice lawyer just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our Toronto offices and a labour injury lawyer will telephone you at the first possible opportunity.
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Complications of Labour Overview

In the ideal setting, the first stage of labour lasts 7-12 hours long, the second stage of labour (the pushing stage) lasts about 1-2 hours and the third stage of labour (when the placenta is expulsed) is about 5-15 minutes long. Unfortunately, there can be many complications of the above scenario.

The woman can have an arrest of labour so that the cervix doesn’t progress or the labour simply stops in the middle of labour. The best treatment is to use intravenous Pitocin to try and jumpstart the labour again. If this fails, many times the doctor goes straight to Cesarean section to deliver the baby. labours can be exceedingly long, in excess of 36-48 hours with little progression. In such cases, the mother will receive IV Pitocin but, in reality, she is exhausted and a Cesarean is the ultimate end to that scenario.

The uterus can rupture in the first stage of labour, especially if the woman has had a prior cesarean section. This is called a VBAC or vaginal birth after cesarean. If the uterus ruptures, this is an obstetric emergency and the patient must have an emergency cesarean section.

The second stage of labour is also fraught with the possibility of complications. There can be an arrest of labour in the second stage because there Is a mismatch between the size of the fetal head and the size of the maternal pelvic. The baby is literally stuck in the birth canal. Doctors can try risky procedures such as a vacuum extraction or a forceps delivery but many of these situations end up with a Cesarean section. Usually it depends on how long the woman has pushed. Usually 3-5 hours is considered too long for a second stage labour.

There can be tears in the vagina in the second stage and severe tears that extend into the rectum. Lacerations that extend into rectum are called 4th degree tears. They are difficult to repair and can lead to a fistula between the rectum and the vagina if not repaired properly.

If a forceps is used in the second stage of labour, there can be damage to the bladder. If the bladder ruptures, there is the possibility of bladder rupture and a bladder fistula. This can lead to further surgery or a prolonged recovery to repair the fistula. In such cases, urine leaks from the bladder to the vagina.

Perineal tears can be less severe than a 4th degree tear but can still be serious. Third degree tears do damage to the anal sphincter, which must be repaired before the rest of the perineum can be repaired. The rule of thumb is to turn a fourth degree tear into a third degree tear and then into a second degree tear followed by a first degree tear.

There can be problems with the baby in the second stage of labour. The fetal heart rate can drop precipitously and can require an emergency cesarean section or an accelerated vaginal delivery with the mother receiving 100 percent oxygen using a mask to give the fetus the most oxygen possible. Certain position changes can change the fetal heart rate for the better so that delivery can be accomplished by the best possible means.

The cord can accidentally pass through the birth canal before the fetal head. This can cause serious compromise of the fetal heart rate. The best treatment is to try and push the fetal cord back into the uterus and then consider an emergency cesarean section.

In the third stage of labour, the placenta or part of the placenta can become stuck inside the uterus, causing excessive bleeding. If the placenta fails to come out of the uterus or part of the placenta is left behind, the patient is taken to the operating room where the placenta is removed surgically.

Toronto Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The medical profession which includes doctors, nurses and hospital technicians usually provides a caring service with a high standard of excellence however there are occasions when things do go wrong. Our litigation service is completely free and our Toronto based labour injury lawyers will deal with your case using a contingency fee arrangement which means that if you don’t succeed in receiving a financial settlement then your lawyer won't get paid.