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.
Was this hysterectomy necessary?
The patient alleged negligence in the diagnosis, improper testing, and lack of informed consent. See the verdict that was handed down.
Woman claims retained laparotomy pad caused ulcerative colitis
A 25-year old Illinois woman delivered a baby by cesarean. During the procedure a laparotomy pad was left inside her abdomen. She subsequently experienced abdominal pain, bleeding, and diarrhea, and was readmitted to the hospital 4 months after the cesarean delivery. A CT scan revealed the laparotomy pad. Surgery was performed to remove the pad and an abscess that had formed around it. The patient was hospitalized for a week and also was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The woman sued those involved with the delivery, claiming that the retained pad caused or contributed to her ulcerative colitis and that she would require colon removal surgery in the future.
Case: Failure to diagnose genetic disorder prenatally claimed
The perinatologist found a jaw abnormality on ultrasound but failed to diagnose the disorder. Read the facts, and see what you think.
Case: Preterm delivery of triplets after cervical conization
The woman claimed that her cervix had been weakened by the cone biopsy, causing her to be unable to carry the pregnancy to term. What do you think>
Case: Woman claims retained laparotomy pad caused ulcerative colitis
The woman sued those involved with the delivery, claiming that the retained pad caused or contributed to her ulcerative colitis, requiring future colon removal surgery. What's the standard legal perspective?
Case: Bowel perforation after tubal ligation alleged
Was the gynecologist liabele for the patient's bowel resection? Here are the facts for your review.
Case: Preterm labor and SROM result in infant death
Premature labor, spontaneous rupture of membranes, and a breech presentation. Could this infant have been saved?
Case: Birth trauma in large infant blamed for cerebral palsy
Did the obstetrician's failure to perform a cesarean delivery result in the infant's birth trauma and subsequent cerebral palsy?
Lack of informed consent alleged after elective induction of labor
The parents alleged that there was no medical indication for induction of labor and that informed consent had not been obtained; specifically, that they were not informed tht induced labor increases the risk of tachysystole, failure to progress, and the risk of caesarean delivery.
Discharged patient sues after partial delivery of breech fetus at home
The woman sued those involved with her care and claimed there was both failure to follow up on the fact that she was breech at 38 weeks and negligence in sending her home from labor and delivery with her complaint of contractions and a breech fetus. A defense verdict was returned.

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