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.
Tracers, counts help defense in retained foreign object cases
These cases are interesting in that they were both defense verdicts and the issues were proving when the retained foreign object was left in the abdomen and what the object was.
Broken stone basket leads to loss of kidney, suit
The usual claim against a manufacturer in a product liability case is that the product is defective, either as designed or as manufactured, or that there was a failure to warn of something known about the product.
Ruptured uterus results in lengthy malpractice case
Looking at the legal issues surrounding a ruptured uterus, lack of a prompt diagnosis for placental abruption, uterine perforation during D&C, and what constitutes adequate fetal monitoring.
Failure to spot gangrene leads patient to file suit
A delayed diagnosis leads to gangrene and legal issues.
Failure to timely refer delays breast cancer diagnosis
Looking at the legal issues surrounding non-timely referrals delaying cancer diagnoses, brachial plexus injuries, maternal sepsis, bowel perforation, and shoulder dystocia ending in paralysis.
Failure to timely diagnose complete placental abruption
Looking at the legal issues surrounding placental abruption, amniocentesis, cerebral palsy, bowel perforation, incontinence, and necrotizing fasciitis.
Error in acid solution leads to burning and scarring
A review of several lawsuits covering acid solution errors, prolapse, fetal weight, breast cancer diagnosis, and complications following fibroid embolization.
Child's cerebral palsy is ascribed to decision against cesarean delivery
Looking at the legal issues surrounding cerebral palsy, bowel complications, fistulas, hysterectomy, and cesarean delivery for large infants.
Death Linked to Bowel Perforation during Vaginal Hysterectomy
It was alleged that the physicians failed to diagnose and treat the perforation in a timely manner and that the delay led to her death. What are the facts?
Was This Breech Presentation Mishandled?
This woman claimed failure to follow up on breech at 38 weeks and negligence in sending her home from labor and delivery prematurely. Read the details and outcome of the case.

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