The Republic reported this week on a settlement reached in a brain injury case, where a couple alleged the injury to their new child was caused by negligence on the part of their midwives. The family had hired the two women to lead the birth of their child, and they actually had the delivery outside of the hospital with the two midwives (a mother and daughter) in charge. Unfortunately, the couple did not receive the care to which they believe they were entitled.
The family explained that problems developed during the birth almost four years ago. The child was born without oxygen. This caused the child to suffer a serious brain injury. Unfortunately, the midwives did not act quickly in responding to the emergency situation. Apparently they delayed in allowing emergency responders access to the mother and child. As a result of these errors the new child suffered permanent brain damage and will likely be forced to live with the consequences of the injury for the rest of her life.
Like many families in similar situations, the couple shared their story with a brain injury lawyer. Eventually a negligence suit was filed seeking to hold the midwives accountable for the harm caused to the child. The case recently settled outside of court for $5 million. The midwives explained that they wanted to avoid the need to go through the costly, expensive jury trial process.