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Wife injured during delivery…

Submitted By: Randy (Florida)

My wife was induced and had a long delivery. Our Ob/Gyn came in a few times to see how my wife was doing. The nurse that was helping with the delivery was very nice but seemed to be using a lot of force with my wife’s vagina pretty much the entire time when she was trying to help deliver the baby.

After many hours of pushing, etc. it was time for our baby to be delivered. Our doctor was in another surgery so at the last 2nd a midwife came in, pretty much to check the baby. The nurse is the one that delivered our baby.

My wife had 5 internal and external tears to her vagina. I feel like some of those tears happened from the nurse. My wife was rushed to surgery and after 2 1/2 hours she was out of surgery. My wife’s clitoris had to be repaired and the tears had to be stitched. She doesn’t have any feeling in her clitoris any longer.

I’m just wondering if there is any reason to speak to an attorney or if what happened is just a risk that’s taken with child birth? Our baby is beautiful and we are very thankful for that, I just keep getting a feeling that things didn’t go the way they normally go. Thanks for any information you can give.

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Dear Randy,

Whether or not your wife has the foundation of a medical malpractice claim will have to be determined by one or more medical experts. Malpractice claims are always vigorously denied and hard fought by doctors and the hospitals in which they practice.

Medical malpractice is generally defined as the act or omission of a healthcare provider (in your wife’s case that could be the nurse, the hospital, and/or the doctor) which fall beneath the medical standards set to by other similar health care providers in the local medical community.

Med mal claims should never be handled without legal representation. They are costly to prosecute and require intense pretrial discovery, including depositions of doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators.

Seek out several personal injury attorneys with experience in medical malpractice claims. Most will not charge for an initial office consultation. Bring with you all your wife’s medical records and bills, including test results, etc.

An experienced malpractice attorney should be able to tell you and your wife whether or not the facts of the case meet the legal requirements for a successful medical malpractice action.

Learn more here: Birth Injury Lawsuits

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,


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