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Dawn Collins, JD
OB ignores nursing supervisor, fractures infant’s skull
"Reckless" forceps use ends in disaster.
Legally Speaking: Patient sues after wrong ovary removed
This case illustrates the importance of obtaining informed consent for any procedure.
Maternal death from intracranial hemorrhage
A 34-year-old Ohio woman was under the care of her longtime family physician, who had minor privileges to deliver uncomplicated pregnancies at a specific hospital, for her pregnancy. The woman is diagnosed with eclampsia in her third trimester and is immediately given a cesarean. After delivery, she is unresponsive having died from a massive intracranial hemorrhage. The physician is sued for fraudulently representing her abilities in obstetric care. What's the verdict?
Legally Speaking: Pre-trial agreements alter monetary awards
Two cases illustrate how jury verdicts and awards to plaintiffs may differ drastically in medical malpractice trials.
Legally Speaking: Claim of failure to test for cystic fibrosis
This case emphasizes the importance of keeping detailed records of each patient encounter.
Legally Speaking: Infant death from fetal hydrops
When a jury sees a diagnosis of HIE, it is very difficult to show them that no hypoxia occurred in labor, even in the face of normal cord blood gases.
Postpartum infection leads to amputation
Following a normal delivery, a woman develops an infection that leads to severe consequences. Plus: Another case alleging scarring from forceps.
Legally Speaking: Acute fatty liver disease in pregnancy results in stillbirth
The verdicts and settlements involved in this case and 8 others.
Legally Speaking: Weak link in chain of command leads to $23 million settlement
In malpractice cases allegations of a failure to follow the chain-of-command policy often are made retrospectively, knowing the bad outcome and claiming that nurses had a responsibility to obtain additional medical care that would have prevented the patient’s injury.
Legally Speaking: Did standing order fail?
A jury decides if excessive oxycontin played a role in fetal distress.