Nurse-Midwife Error Injuries And Litigation
Midwives attended over 300,000 births in 2005; 97 percent in hospitals, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Many advocates of nurse-midwives for labor and delivery point to midwives’ success at avoiding cesarean sections and other medical interventions. However, another reason for their success is self-selection. Often, midwives do not accept patients who are at high risk for complications, making their outcomes appear better than those of OB-GYNs and family practice doctors. Partly for this reason, mistakes and negligence that result in injury to baby or mother are even more shocking.
At The Lawrence Firm, we have offices in Covington and Cincinnati, and our lawyers help families in northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio who have experienced negligence or malpractice at the hands of a nurse-midwife. We will investigate your medical care, interview witnesses and analyze medical records to build your case.
Errors Or Negligence By A Nurse-Midwife
Birth injuries resulting from error and negligence by nurse-midwives are similar to the birth trauma that can occur in any birth. Our firm has helped families and children who have suffered injuries because of:
- Failure to monitor
- Failure to act on information provided by fetal monitoring devices
- Failure to perform a version or performing it when contraindicated
- Failure to consult an obstetrician when problems occur during labor and delivery
- Failure to consult with an obstetrician regarding a C-section
- Medication mistakes
- Failure to diagnose and treat infection
- Failure to diagnose and treat pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure
- Failure to diagnose and treat toxemia
- Ruptured uterus
- Failure to monitor a VBAC birth (vaginal birth after cesarean)
- Failure to manage Pitocin/oxytocin
- Failure to diagnose and manage gestational diabetes
- Failure to diagnose arrest of dilatation/arrest of descent
- Failure to timely and properly intervene or resuscitate
Injuries That Result From Birth Trauma
Negligence such as this can lead to infant injuries such as cerebral palsy or brain damage and other serious problems. Some of these injuries can affect a person for life and require significant treatment and care. Our law firm has been able to obtain compensation for families and their children by using a team approach that connects experienced lawyers, in-house medical personnel and our network of experts and specialists.