Throughout my pregnancy I sought medical treatment from a New York State licensed midwife. I think I suffered injuries due to my midwife's malpractice. Do I have any rights?


A: Yes, if your midwife was negligent in your care and caused you injury, then you may have the right to file a New York medical malpractice claim and to seek damages for your injuries. While New York midwives are required to have collaborative relationships with a licensed and board certified obstetrician-gynecologist, they are not required to be supervised by an obstetrician, and midwives are independent practitioners.

With that independence comes responsibility, however. If a midwife failed to exercise reasonable care and injured a patient as a result, then the midwife may be held accountable just as any other medical professional would be held accountable for negligence that results in injury.

If you have a complaint against a New York midwife then you have the right to contact the Office of Professions' Office of Professional Discipline to file a formal complaint. You also have the right to contact a New York medical malpractice attorney to discuss your rights and your potential recovery.

For more information, please call 1-800-PAGAN-911 and speak to an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer today.