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March, 2012 | New Jersey Medical Malpractice Blog Archive

Affidavit of Merit Now Required for Lawsuits against Midwives

By Attorney Michael B. Zerres on March 13, 2012

The NJ Legislature, in response to an apparent oversight on their part, amended the “Affidavit of Merit“ statute, effective last year, to include midwives as ‘licensed persons.’ NJSA 2A:53A-26. With this amendment, affidavits of merit must now be served in cases filed against midwives for professional malpractice.

Previously, midwives had been omitted from the statute and NJ Courts had ruled that affidavits need not be served in lawsuits against CNMs. Saunders v. Capital Health System at Mercer, 147 (NJ Super. App. Div. 2008) Read the rest »

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