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Dawn Collins, JD
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.
Claim of unnecessary hysterectomy
An Alabama woman went for an annual pelvic exam and underwent a Pap test. It showed a high-grade squamous intraepithelial neoplasia and the gynecologist could not rule out cancer. The patient then had a colposcopy, which revealed high-grade dysplasia with negative endocervical currettings. Each was identified as a form of pre-cancer.
Lack of informed consent for laparotomy
Following a successful delivery, a woman seeks a tubal ligation and ventral hernia repair, to be performed laparoscopically. The procedure was performed as a laparotomy, which led to a lack of informed consent suit.
Patient claims fraud after bladder injury
Did the surgeon conceal the extent of a recent injury?
Hysterectomy without consent?
A patient sues after a hysterectomy is performed even after a finding of no cancer.
High/low agreement in shoulder dystocia case complicated by patient history
A high/low agreement usually is done to prevent a “runaway” jury from coming back with an unreasonably high award, but ensures the plaintiff of something because they are agreeing to a lower amount than what the jury might have awarded.

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