Dawn Collins, JD
MS COLLINS is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, California. She welcomes feedback on this column via e-mail. Click on the envelope icon to email.
Patient sues, alleges delay in testis Ca diagnosis
Patient sues, alleges delay in testis Ca diagnosis
Dawn Collins, JD, also writes about a lawsuit in which a patient sued over an alleged failure to diagnose Fournier's gangrene.
Partial nephrectomy results in bowel injury, lawsuit
Partial nephrectomy results in bowel injury, lawsuit
The defendants did not dispute the patient's claims but did question the severity and frequency of her complaints and whether they related to the original operation.
Extracapsular prostate cancer leads patient to sue
Extracapsular prostate cancer leads patient to sue
In this case, the man currently has no evidence of metastatic disease or other long-term injury from his claimed negligence that the physicians allowed the cancer to become extracapsular during the 6 months of following his PSA levels.
Mesh cystocele repair leads to perforated bladder
In most states, the standard for obtaining consent includes discussion of risks versus benefits, some known complications, and any alternative treatment options.
Nephrectomy gone wrong leaves patient paraplegic
Nephrectomy gone wrong leaves patient paraplegic
One of the most damaging scenarios to the defense in medical malpractice cases is that of dueling defendants.
Unnecessary kidney surgery proves costly
In cases involving a claim that a patient had an unnecessary operation where cancer was suspected but not found, the issues usually are a lack of informed consent and failure to further investigate the condition to get a definitive diagnosis.
Legally Speaking: Tubal ligation failure results in wrongful pregnancy claim
Legally Speaking: Tubal ligation failure results in wrongful pregnancy claim
Six months after a tubal ligation, a woman became pregnant. She gave birth by cesarean to a child who was diagnosed with sickle cell disease.
Legally Speaking: CP diagnosed after preterm delivery in Spain
A California woman with a history of 2 premature deliveries and a single miscarriage became pregnant in 2004. A few days after the pregnancy was confirmed, she was seen by a physician at a military base in connection with an application to accompany her husband overseas. The application was approved and the patient went to Spain, where she delivered at 31 weeks’ gestation in 2005.
Legally Speaking: Two cervical cancer deaths, two jury decisions
When a jury sees a big corporation in the defendant’s chair, it can have an effect, although it is never a jury’s job to “punish” a corporation.
Ureter injured during colostomy reversal
Other cases discussed in this installment of "Malpractice Consult" include chronic testicular pain following vasectomy and a claim that a spinal tumor should have been found during treatment for post-vasectomy urinary problems.

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