Legal Advice for Massachusetts Midwife Malpractice Claims
While there’s a great deal to be said in favor of traditional childbirth with a trained and certified nurse midwife, few people consider the possibility of home birth complications. Nurse midwives work under the supervision of attending physicians, but they do not always report problems to a medical doctor in time to make an effective difference.
If your baby was born with brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy or other birth injuries that might have been caused or aggravated by the negligence or professional errors of a nurse midwife, contact a medical malpractice lawyer at the law firm of Kenneth M. Levine & Associates in Brookline. With a personal injury practice largely focused on OB/GYN negligence and birth injuries, we work with medical experts to identify the acts and omissions that can result in a finding of liability and award of damages for the harm your child will live with for a lifetime.
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There’s another legal consideration that sometimes characterizes negligence litigation against midwives. The Commonwealth does not require nurse midwives to carry professional liability insurance. Our attorneys therefore work hard to make sure that a financially responsible defendant can be found to meet your damages demand.
As in other medical malpractice cases, it’s rare to name just one defendant in cases of nurse midwife negligence. We work with outstanding medical experts, including midwives, to develop a theory of causation to explain the harm your child suffered, no matter whose negligence was involved. Sometimes a midwife’s mistake during delivery might reflect an important error made by an OB/GYN weeks or months earlier, when an important risk factor for birth injury might have been overlooked. In other cases, we might conclude that a hospital exercised poor supervision, or that a teaching program assumed financial responsibility for the midwife’s understanding of the duty of care.
Not every unfortunate medical outcome will support a claim for damages. We need to show that one or more medical professionals failed to meet a standard of care that is widely recognized within the field or specialty, and that the injury resulted from this failure. Our examination of the causes for injury in your case can lead us to the nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, neonatal nurse or other hospital staff as well as an attending physician or surgeon.
For a free consultation about our ability to hold the right professionals responsible for the injuries your child will live with for years to come, contact the Boston nurse midwife negligence attorneys at Kenneth M. Levine & Associates in Brookline.