Midwives Also Have a Legal Duty of Care

by | Nov 3, 2017 | Birth Injury, Firm News |


In recent years, more and more women have begun reclaiming their pregnancies
— choosing not to go with traditional hospital births but instead
choosing to deliver at home, in birthing centers or in hospitals with
the help of a midwife. While many of these births go smoothly, medical
malpractice does occur, causing serious injury.

At the Rocky River law office of The Lancione Law Firm, we help clients
throughout Ohio hold midwives accountable for the harm they cause. The
cases we handle involve many different types of birth injuries, including
the ones listed below:

There are many reasons for these injuries, but failure to make the correct
decisions about how to proceed are often to blame. Decisions made during
labor and delivery can change your life forever. And, when an infant is
in trouble, there are many decisions to be made. One of the most critical
is the decision whether to involve a physician.

While nurse midwives are qualified to handle low-risk pregnancies, they
should involve physicians the minute things start to go wrong. Waiting
too long to call a physician or failing to recognize the signs of fetal
distress, such as a drop in a baby’s heart rate, can be considered
medical malpractice.

Your Lawsuit Depends On The Ability To Prove A Breach Of Care

In order to successfully sue for medical negligence, the law requires more
than just a bad result. The nurse midwife involved must have acted negligently
in a way that caused your child’s injury. The law refers to the
“standard of care”: the care that other, similar providers
give in similar situations. In order to be held responsible for medical
malpractice, a health care provider must have breached the standard of
care by acting in a way that a reasonable health care provider would not
have — inappropriately, unreasonably or unnecessarily.

Proving this can be difficult. At The Lancione Law Firm, we have the resources,
knowledge and experience to achieve favorable outcomes. Our team of lawyers
conducts in-depth legal and factual investigations, reviewing medical
records and speaking with highly regarded medical experts to determine
the true cause of your child’s birth injury.

Not Sure If Your Midwife Was Negligent? You Call. We’ll Investigate.

To speak with a Cleveland midwife error attorney, we invite you to call
our Rocky River office at 440-571-6862 or
contact us online to schedule an appointment. The Lancione Law Firm, is proud to serve clients
in communities throughout Ohio.



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