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.
Legal: Failure to monitor FHR in labor and delivery
A woman at 36 weeks' gestation had an external fetal monitor placed about 2 hours after her arrival at the hospital.
Legal: Postpartum bleeding results in Asherman's syndrome
A 26-year-old Illinois woman had significant vaginal bleeding 3 weeks after her delivery.
Legal: Shoulder dystocia results in severe brain damage
A Wisconsin woman filed a lawsuit against the US for prenatal care provided by a community health center funded by the federal government.
Legal: Delay in diagnosing bladder cancer
Gynecologist fails to diagnose bladder cancer for 2 years.
Legal: Failure to follow up on breast mass in pregnancy
No follow up was given to a woman with lump on breast after baby is born.
Legal: Bowel injury alleged during laparoscopy
A woman having laparoscopic surgery sustains bowel injury.
Legal: Ureter injury during ovary removal
A 67-year-old woman who had surgery for ovary removal experiences ureter injury.
Legal: Vacuum extractor during C/S causes brain damage
A 39-year-old woman who would have had a hard time delivering vaginally, had an elective C/S, and a vacuum extractor was used to deliver the head.
Legal: Was C/S in twins with spontaneous ROM delayed?
A woman was admitted to the hospital with a twin pregnancy and spontaneous rupture of membranes.
Legal: Excessive traction blamed for Erb's palsy
After complicated delivery with shoulder dystocia, child sustains posterior brachial plexus injury, resulting in Erb's palsy.