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.
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.
Lawsuit filed when second twin presents with cerebral palsy
A Pennsylvania woman pregnant with twins went to a hospital for induction of labor at term. Her infant was born, having a seizure 2 hours after birth. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and is now fed via tube.
Did physician's failure to communicate biopsy results lead to patient's death?
A Virginia woman went to her gynecologist for an annual physical. The pap smear revealed human papillomavirus and abnormal cells. A cone biopsy was performed and the pathology report from the biopsy revealed adenoid cystic carcinoma. However, the gynecologist did not tell the patient about the cervical cancer; instead she was told to undergo a hysterectomy.
Retained sponge following hysterectomy: Who was negligent?
A Florida woman underwent a hysterectomy performed by her gynecologist in 2007. Three months later the patient returned with abdominal pain and was diagnosed with appendicitis.
Delay in breast cancer diagnosis during pregnancy alleged
At approximately 7 months gestation, a 29-year-old Illinois woman complained to the physician that she was experiencing burning pain in her right breast and clear discharge from the nipple.
Shoulder dystocias result in Erb's palsies
In many malpractice cases involving shoulder dystocia and resultant Erb's palsy, the claim is made that there is or should have been a consent discussion for vaginal delivery, especially where macrosomia is suspected.
Rectal wall injured during hysterectomy
A Virginia woman underwent a laparascopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy in 2007 performed by her gynecologist. Three days later, the woman required emergency surgery.
Ambulance transfer results in delivery and injury to the infant
In 2003, a 28-year-old Florida woman was 25 weeks pregnant when she went to the hospital emergency room complaining of lower abdominal pressure.
Failure to perform timely cesarean delivery claimed
A New Jersey woman gave birth to an infant by cesarean delivery in May 2004. The child had neonatal encephalopathy and subsequently was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.