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A midwife is a trained professional who offers care to women during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as during the postpartum period. The overwhelming majority of midwives perform their duties with the utmost skill and care, offering an important service to families who prefer a more natural, at-home birth. However, one mistake by a negligent or inadequately trained midwife can lead to devastating consequences. If you have suffered as a victim of midwife malpractice, you and your family deserve justice—and we’re here to help hold the responsible party accountable.
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What to Know About Midwife Malpractice Cases
Midwives are healthcare providers who have extensive training in obstetrical care and can manage most issues that arise in labor and delivery. Still, it’s important to remember that midwives, even nurse midwives (who are registered nurses), are not doctors. In the event of a high-risk case, midwives know to refer mothers to medical specialists, such as obstetricians, who can handle any and all birth complications.
Midwife malpractice often occurs when a midwife neglects to recognize the complexity of a birth situation and either allows the mother to continue to labor without hospital intervention, or attempts to deliver the baby without taking the risks into account. For example, in the case of fetal distress, breech birth, uterine rupture or other complication, an emergency C-section may be necessary, but a midwife is not trained to perform such a surgery. This means that continuing the delivery without immediately contacting a qualified obstetrician can put the lives of both mother and baby at risk.
Midwife malpractice can lead to a wide range of dangerous conditions or birth injuries, including:
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Complications from preeclampsia
- Birth infections
- Prolapsed umbilical cord
- Uterine rupture
- Fetal distress and oxygen deprivation
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Kernicterus / excessive jaundice
- Stillbirth or postpartum death of the baby
- Fetal brain damage
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brachial plexus injuries
How a Midwife Malpractice Lawyer Can Help with Your Case
There is nothing as heartbreaking as an injury to a newborn baby. From the hardship of overwhelming medical expenses to the emotional trauma that accompanies such a tragic experience, a birth injury can turn life upside down for the entire family. As you struggle to adjust to this new and unexpected reality, it’s critical to have the help of experienced, compassionate legal advisors.
A midwife malpractice lawyer will help you navigate the complicated process of a medical malpractice claim and hold the negligent healthcare professionals responsible. The compensation you may be entitled to includes:
- Medical expenses. This includes all expenses that occurred as a result of the malpractice, including emergency room visits, treatments, surgeries, and ongoing care, as well as likely future expenses.
- Loss of earning capacity. If the malpractice affected the victim’s ability to work, you may be able to collect compensation for lost wages and diminished earning capacity.
- Non-economic losses. Some losses are difficult to calculate, including the emotional distress caused by a birth injury. Non-economic losses refers to this suffering that you and your family experienced as a result of the malpractice.
Meet the Leaders of JJS's Medical Malpractice Division
Howard Janet is one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ medical malpractice attorneys and has uncovered medical mistakes other lawyers have missed, recovering record-breaking results throughout much of the country. He is the author of multiple books, including Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases (lead author) and Patients’ Rights and Doctors’ Wrongs – Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth (with Dr. Giles Manley).
Ken Suggs has long been considered one of the nation’s premier medical negligence trial lawyers, and served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as American Association of Justice), the leading national plaintiff’s bar association. He is a relentless advocate for his clients.
Dr. Giles Manley, a board-certified physician, practiced medicine for 20 years before becoming a medical malpractice attorney. The value his medical knowledge and experience brings to his clients cases is priceless.
Gerald Jowers represents patients harmed by medical malpractice, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He has produced extraordinary results for clients and their families, both at the settlement table and in the courtroom.
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At Janet, Janet & Suggs, we treat our clients like family, caring for them as we would our own families during their time of need. We’re proud to offer compassionate representation for families across the country, including in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs for Your Midwife Malpractice Case?
If you’re suffering with the anguish of a birth injury, you shouldn’t have to endure the added burden of a complex legal process. JJS is a nationally recognized malpractice law firm, and we understand the physical, emotional and financial burden that can result from midwife malpractice. We’re dedicated to fighting tirelessly for the rights and protection of our clients, with a proven track record of record-breaking verdicts and settlements.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation meeting. We’ll help you decide the next steps in your case so that you and your family can focus on healing.