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Midwives Also Have A Legal Duty Of Care

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 offices 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:

  • Brachial plexus injury, including Erb’s palsy and shoulder dystocia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Oxygen deprivation/hypoxia and asphyxia
  • Delayed c-section
  • Stillbirth

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 offices at 440-331-6100 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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