Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. issued the following announcement on Jan. 7.
Most people understand what happens when a doctor or nursing staff cause an avoidable injury to one of their patients. But what happens when a midwife is involved? It’s true that birth injuries are among the most common kinds of medical malpractice lawsuits, but with more women opting to have their children with the aid of midwives instead of in hospitals, what recourse do those injured have in terms recovery?
Couple Awarded $5 Million in Midwife Malpractice Lawsuit
A couple was recently awarded $5 million after their baby died in a breech delivery. While a judgment was entered against the midwife nurse, Clarice Winkler, it is likely that the couple will never see anywhere near the $5 million that they are owed. This is because the nurse elected not to carry medical malpractice insurance.
In fact, Winkler never showed up for the court proceedings or entered any kind of defense. The verdict was issued by default.
The midwives attempted to deliver the breech baby in their “birth center”. But they lacked the facilities or expertise to do so properly.
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