A jury awarded $2.3 million in damages to a Virginia boy who suffered arm injuries at birth. As a result, the 4 year old child’s right arm is permanently disabled. The child’s mother was also awarded an additional $60,000 to reimburse her for all the medical expenses related to her son’s injuries. The lawsuit involved a nurse-midwife and the medical practice she was associated with.
To read more about this birth injury settlement follow the link to HamptonRoads.com
Midwifery offers care to childbearing women during their pregnancy, labor and birth, and during the postpartum period. They can also care for the newborn through to six weeks of age, including assisting the mother with breastfeeding. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives attended 7.4% of U.S. births in 2006.
This health care profession came under fire in 2003 when a Sonoma County infant died after birth due to the alleged actions of a midwife. The mother, while under the guidance of a midwife, labored too long in her home causing life ending complications. Although state medical boards typically govern and regulate midwifery licenses, the family filed suit against the midwife for gross negligence. In that case, the midwife was already under investigation with the medical board for incompetence regarding two other home births.
Too often medical professionals make preventable childbirth mistakes. These mistakes range from not acting quickly enough to failing to take appropriate actions at all. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have decades of experience fighting for victims whose children have suffered severe damage following complications from childbirth. Please feel free to contact a birth injury attorney if you believe your child has been a victim of medical negligence.