A medical malpractice or medical negligence claim is one filed by someone who feels they have been a victim of a medical error or mistake. A claim can also be filed by the family of a victim who was injured or died as a result of what is considered a medical error. The best course of action is to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can determine if there is a viable legal claim.
Two Washington families filed lawsuits against a midwife after one baby died and another was left paralyzed.
One couple alleges that the midwife used excessive traction and pulled and twisted their son’s head and neck during delivery. The mother said when the baby emerged, his face was purple and his right arm was like a “limp noodle.” She claims that a friend who witnessed the birth called 911, but when the EMT’s arrived, the midwife turned them away. The infant received a brachial plexus injury and permanent nerve damage and paralysis in one arm, according to the lawsuit. The child will require care the rest of his life.