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: 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.
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.