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: Preeclampsia diagnosis failure results in neurologic damage
A woman was 30 weeks pregnant when she went to her physician complaining of headaches.
Legally Speaking: Decreasing amniotic fluid blamed for asphyxic infant
A Michigan woman was just over 40 weeks' gestation when she was sent to a hospital for a nonstress test.
Legally Speaking: Alleged delay in diagnosis of breast cancer
A New York woman went to her gynecologist for an exam in 2005, complaining of a lump in her left breast.
Legally Speaking: Cases cover D&C, sponges post-delivery, lacerations
Risk management in obstetrics and gynecology addresses D&C, negligence in removing ovary, prevention of premature delivery
EMTALA violation allegedly results in stillbirth
The woman sued the original hospital and ER physician, alleging negligence by the doctor in failing to recognize the need for an emergency cesarean section.
Legal: Bladder injury following hysterectomy
A woman underwent a hysterectomy by a gynecologist employed by a government-run clinic and sued for negligence.
Legal: Failure to perform cesarean blamed for Erb's palsy
Shoulder dystocia occurred during delivery of a large baby and doctor was sued for not performing C/S.
Legal: Failure to detect dermoid cyst alleged
Woman who has huge dermoid ovarian cyst removed sues doctor for failure to diagnose it sooner.
Legal: Costly failure to treat group B strep in labor
A pregnant woman who showed positive for group B strep when pregnant was overlooked at time of delivery and so no antibiotics were given until the following day.
Legal: Claim of unnecessary hysterectomy
A 41-year-old Kansas woman claims her gynecologist performed an unnecessary hysterectomy.