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Two Malpractice Lawsuits Filed Against Midwife Alleging Negligence

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.

In the other lawsuit, a couple claims the same midwife ignored obvious signs of medical distress and failed to provide proper medical attention, resulting in death of the unborn child. According to the suit, the mother-to-be began passing blood clots 39 weeks into her pregnancy. The midwife initially told the mother that the bleeding was normal and refused to see her. Once she did, the midwife put the woman in a hot tub for an hour, then had her lie in bed. The bleeding continued, according to the lawsuit. Contractions increased and the mother felt a strong pain in her abdomen. After that, the midwife could not detect a fetal heart rate and called 911, but the baby boy was stillborn. The lawsuit alleges that the child would be alive if the mother had been sent to the hospital at the time of the blood clots.

Both complaints follow a 2014 lawsuit in which a couple claimed the midwife was negligent in delivering their child in 2010. That suit alleged the midwife’s negligence during the birth caused a brachial plexus injury and permanent nerve damage. After a two-week-long trial, the jury found in favor of the defendant. The case is currently being appealed.

In a statement to the media, the defendant’s attorney said, “Unfortunately mothers do not always have good outcomes in childbirth, despite good care. [The defendant] “gave good care to these mothers and will defend that care in court.”

Washington State Department of Health records show an informal disposition against the midwife in 1998 for conduct in treating three patients. At that time, the court mandated that she improve clinic protocols and obtain peer oversight of some clinic practices. No state action was taken against the midwife or her license.

When serious injury or death results from medical malpractice, compensation may be available to help ease the family’s financial burdens, but this will take time. For many plaintiffs this time can cause a lot of stress and bring financial concerns, including how to pay household expenses, medical expenses and more.

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