Legally Speaking

Retained foreign object after gyn surgeryA woman sues after a surgical needle was accidentally left in the patient during a vaginal prolapse surgery. Plus more cases.
Were these infant’s delays secondary to misapplication of a vacuum extractor?The plaintiff alleged that the infant’s injuries were caused by traumatic damage during delivery; specifically, from the vacuum extractor. The plaintiff’s argument was that when the vacuum extractor pulled on the infant’s head it caused damage, evidenced by the intraventricular bleed.
Brain injury allegedly caused by forcepsWhen the head of a Kansas woman's baby did not descend easily, the nursemidwife managing the labor sought an obstetrician’s intervention. The obstetrician used forceps to assist the delivery. The parents sued the obstetrician after the delivery alleging the infant suffered a skull fracture, lacerated ear, bruising around his scalp, and bleeding in the brain as a result of the forceps. What's the verdict? Plus more cases.
Early delivery to blame for child’s disability?The plaintiffs alleged that a failure to properly monitor the patient and administer steroids for lung maturity; to place her on bed rest; or administer tocolytics to prolong pregnancy resulted in premature delivery, brain injury and neurologic developmental delays.
Marketing tips for healthcare practicesMarketing efforts on behalf of doctors should be approached with care.
Did this Attending remove the wrong fallopian tube?Case rests on physician’s ability to inspire confidence in choices made in the OR.
IUD blamed for multiple miscarriagesA woman sues her ob/gyn claiming that 3 miscarriages occurred because of an IUD that the ob/gyn believed had been expelled shortly after implantation, but was subsequently found using abdominal x-ray. Plus more cases.
How physicians can limit their risk in healthcare marketingHealthcare professionals must be careful when hiring marketers because of complex laws that could result in fines and criminal penalties.
How the Docs vs. Glocks ruling affects physicians
How the Docs vs. Glocks ruling affects physiciansThe conversations doctors are allowed to have with their patients regarding guns and other firearms, if any, are the central part of a new ruling overturning most aspects of a highly controversial law that has undergone several appeals and reversals since its inception in 2011
Compound presentation, obese mother, bad outcomeThe plaintiff alleged that given the fetal size and weight, earlier caesarean delivery was warranted and that improper management of shoulder dystocia and compound presentation of the posterior arm resulted in right Erb’s palsy, scapular winging, and decreased movement and function of the right extremity.