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June 2013 Archives

Children with Cerebral Palsy Struggle to Access Medical Care in Northern Communities

Children with cerebral palsy and their families continue to face challenges accessing medical care and services in rural locations. Two families told their story to the Vancouver Sun. Both are in receipt of legal settlements as a result of the medical errors made around the time of their birth. Both families describe their frustration and struggles in accessing the medical care their children need in the northern hometowns.

Paul McGivern spoke at the Birth Trauma Conference - June 7, 2013

Paul McGivern was an invited speaker and a panelist at the Birth Trauma Conference organized by CanLNC and held at the Vancouver Pan Pacific hotel on June 7, 2013. Susanne Raab and Natalia Ivolgina also participated in the conference. The conference featured top lawyers in the province practicing in birth trauma litigation and covered topics such as causes of cerebral palsy, standards of fetal monitoring, challenges in proving causation, and recent developments in the Supreme Court of Canada. Paul shared his knowledge in such areas as the use of experts in medical malpractice cases and recent pronouncements from the Supreme Court.

Growing up with Cerebral Palsy: Planning Transition into Adulthood

For individuals living with cerebral palsy and their families, the transition from the pediatric care setting to adult care providers can be a stressful and challenging one. Dr. Oskoui, pediatric neurologist at Montreal Children's Hospital provides some practical advice to assist with this transition, focusing on preparing individuals for "living well" with chronic disability and optimizing their full potential, while also minimizing the emotional toll on parents during this difficult time of transition.

Paul McGivern Interviewed by Lawyers Weekly

Paul McGivern was interviewed by Lawyers Weekly on the significance of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the case that he argued. The decision was important in two respects: it clarified the threshold for rebutting the presumption of judicial integrity and impartiality and raised the bar for physicians in terms of explaining the risks of the proposed procedure when obtaining informed consent from patients.

Supreme Court of Canada Win for Twelve-year old with Cerebral Palsy

On Friday, May 24, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a judgment that is of interest to judges and lawyers across the country, and has special significance for one BC family.

Win for an injured infant at the Supreme Court of Canada

Paul McGivern and Susanne Raab were among the team winning the hard-fought battle at the Supreme Court of Canada for an infant with cerebral palsy injured as a result of a failed attempt at a forceps delivery - April 4, 2013 (Full decision available here)

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