Midwife negligence occurs when a midwife has not offered professional services to a mother which has resulted in injury or death to either the mother or the child. There are several ways in which negligence can occur from a midwife and vary in severity. As a midwife s responsible not only to help with the delivery, but also in the screening of certain conditions which may affect the mother or the child (such as congenital hip dysplasia) after childbirth, it is important to hold accountable those midwives which have not acted in a professional manner.
There are many ways which a midwife can be negligent and cause harm to a mother or a baby. If you have suffered ANY injury while in the care of a midwife, you are encouraged to seek the professional diagnosis of a medical staff, doctor or practitioner to understand the severity of you or your child’s condition. Some results of midwife negligence may include:
- Hip displacement in the mother or the child – if left undetected in the child, hip dysplasia can greatly affect the walking and running abilities of the child causing it to have a limp or very definitive malfunction to his or her walk.
- Permanent scaring of the child – Improper use of forceps and other medical tools used during birth can leave permanent damage. Even if the child grows up healthy, it has been shown that excessive force with forceps and other medical tools can leave unsightly scars on the baby for life. Don’t let the midwife tell you it is a birth mark, have it checked to determine if it is the result of improper tool usage.
- Asphyxiation – If the child is left in the birth canal for too long or if the umbilical cord has become wrapped around the baby’s throat and was not addressed, asphyxiation may occur.
- Haemorrhaging of the mother – Midwives which do not exercise professional procedures may cause haemorrhaging in the mother during childbirth. This can result in serious injuries and possibly death.
Mothers who have given birth and notice that there baby has symptoms and/or physical defects which are not typical in other children are encouraged to seek the diagnosis and treatment of their child from a licensed medical staff, doctor, or practitioner. If the diagnosis shows that your child’s symptoms or physical defect is a direct result of midwife negligence, you may have ground for a claim.
Mothers who have received pre-birth midwife care which resulted in a premature birth and complications with your baby have grounds for a case, especially if your baby required specialist care and/or long-term hospitalisation.
Mothers which have had still births due to the negligence of a midwife, even if a doctor’s report says that all measures were taken to ensure for a successful delivery, may have grounds for a compensation claim. Generally, a hospital or medical facility will state that all measures were taken to ensure life in order to try to persuade the mother not to file negligence claims against them. It may actually be that the midwife was negligent. Do not let the “official report” of sway you from your claim. We will work with you to get to the truth of the matter and help you determine if you have grounds for a claim or not.
If you have had a family member die during childbirth due to the negligence of a midwife, then you may have grounds for compensation.
If you have had a family member suffer or die from the results of haemorrhaging after childbirth, even if that person was released from the midwife’s care, you may have grounds for a claim.
Midwife negligence claims are highly dependent upon filing your claim as soon as possible. The longer you wait to file your claim the less likely you are to win. We will work with you to ensure that all documentation, forms, investigations, and other matters are conducted professionally and filed on time to maximise your chances of winning your case.
Where most midwife negligence cases are due to a lack of following proper practices and procedures, you must realise that there are also cases in which circumstances were out of everyone’s control. We will help you in determining if your case was negligence or just a bad situation.
If you are a teen mother and filing a midwife compensation claim, you will need to have a legal parent or guardian file on your behalf.
We are here to help you. We understand that your life has been altered by the negligence of your midwife. If you have any questions regarding midwife negligence, please contact us. We will be more than happy to address any inquires which you may have.
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