A couple in Michigan received a $5 million judgment for the death of their son during a breech delivery performed by a midwife. The midwife ensured the mother of the child that it was safe to perform a vaginal delivery of a breech baby outside of a hospital. Due to complications that occurred at delivery, the infant spent 13 days in a neonatal intensive care unit before passing away from serve brain damage and organ failure. The attorney for the couple believes the amount of the judge's order indicates the severity of the negligence that occurred. Further stating the midwife had no business in attempting to deliver a breech baby when the birth center did not have the capability to perform a C-section.
Currently, Michigan does not require its out-of-hospital midwives to carry insurance or have a college degree. Consequently, the couple may have difficulty recovering the order since the defendant in this case did not carry medical malpractice insurance. However, the attorney states that the parents still feel they have received a sense of justice from the order. Additionally, the parents have also formed an organization that advocates for stronger educational requirements for midwives and tougher state regulation of out-of-hospital births.
Generally, health care professionals carry out their duties with exactitude and precision. However, much like everyone else, health care professionals are susceptible to committing mistakes. When these mistakes occur, the victim may be entitled to compensation. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC are experts at both identifying medical malpractice and fighting for their clients to obtain the best result possible. If you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, please contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.
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