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.
Legally Speaking: Dueling defendants in retained foreign object case
Unless there is definitive evidence that one defendant is solely responsible, once jurors see “dueling defendants” they most often assume the worst happened and find blame all around.
Bowel perforation follows TCC surgery, leads to suit
In malpractice cases that involve the occurrence of a known complication during a procedure, the issues usually raised are informed consent for the procedure and the timely recognition and appropriate treatment of the complication.
Bowel perforation following salpingectomy
A bowel injury during salpingectomy leads to septic shock and amputation. What went wrong?
Penile implant extrusion prompts litigation
Other cases discussed in this edition of "Malpractice Consult" include cecum perforated during prostatectomy, injections fail to improve Peyronie's disease, and dementia diagnosis blamed on urologic procedure.
Injuries from known risks may lead to monetary awards
Injuries from known risks lead to different lawsuit outcomes.
Legally Speaking--Failure to perform vulvar biopsy delays diagnosis of cancer
Was there an unreasonable delay in making the diagnosis, and did that delay have an effect on the patient’s treatment and overall life expectancy?
Circumcision error leads to Peyronie’s disease
Circumcision error leads to Peyronie’s disease
In the lawsuit, the urologist contended the circumcision was properly performed and the patient’s curvature was due to a previously asymptomatic Peyronie’s condition, which was exacerbated after the circumcision procedure.
Transfer of patient in active labor leads to death
Ignoring the Federal Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), an ED staff transfers a woman with preeclampsia who is in active labor.
Missed follow-up leads to stage IV renal cancer, death
A lawsuit was filed against both the urologist and the radiologist involved in the treatment of the kidney stone, claiming that he was not informed of the abnormality on the left kidney noted on the CT scan and the recommendation for follow-up.
Nerve injury during bilateral tubal ligation
A woman suffers foot drop following a tubal ligation and sues her surgeons. What did the jury decide?

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