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Erbs Palsy Case Finds Midwives Liable for Errors

Many medical malpractice cases focus on the mistakes made by doctors and nurses. In addition to the professionals we traditionally associate with medical malpractice, midwives are also responsible for providing safe and effective care. When midwives fail to live up to this obligation, they can also cause serious malpractice-related harms.

The family of an 11-year-old boy won an award this week in their lawsuit against several hospital midwives. According to news reports, the midwives knew that the infant's shoulder was stuck during the delivery. However, they failed to respond appropriately by following best practice guidelines for this type of delivery complication.

As a result, the boy was diagnosed with Erbs Palsy. Erbs Palsy will likely prevent the child from developing full use of one arm. He will be unable to perform many everyday tasks and will likely require some level of care and therapy for many years to come.

Medical malpractice awards should recognize and include these long-term costs. An experienced birth injury lawyer can help families determine a reasonable course of action in an individual case.

Source: Heart.com, "Ipswich Hospital To Pay Damages For Midwives' Mistakes," June 25, 2013

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