professional liability

Top 5 legal questionsAs the field of medicine becomes more complex, so do the legal questions that can mean the difference between a lawsuit with a positive result and one with a negative result. Dr. Goldberg looks at 5 potential situations and offers his advice.
Did this Attending remove the wrong fallopian tube?Case rests on physician’s ability to inspire confidence in choices made in the OR.
Failure to recommend genetic testing in breast cancerIs this the next wave of medical professional liability lawsuits?
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.
Maintaining excellence in obstetrics and gynecologyFaced with dramatic changes in the practice and financing of medicine during the past 2 decades, clinicians, educators, and researchers have struggled to adapt. Obstetrics and gynecology has seen an increased emphasis on subspecialization, without equal emphasis on enhancing women’s care.
Should this ectopic pregnancy have been diagnosed earlier?The plaintiff asserted that during the diagnostic laparoscopy, Dr A and Dr B should have detected the ectopic pregnancy in the right fallopian tube. Her attorneys claimed that based upon the plaintiff’s abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and β- hCG levels, and absent evidence of intrauterine pregnancy on ultrasound, the defendants should have presumed ectopic pregnancy and adequately evaluated the fallopian tube before discharging the patient, thus avoiding rupture.
Legally Speaking: Claim of failure to test for cystic fibrosisThis case emphasizes the importance of keeping detailed records of each patient encounter.
Legally Speaking: Did induction cause this uterine rupture?An ob/gyn saves a patient's life and uterus, but then is faced with a lawsuit.
The best of times or the worst of times? A tale of two surveysOb/gyns' fear of being sued may be disproportionate to the frequency of malpractice claims.
Legally Speaking: Patient refuses cerclage, medication; delivers earlyDespite counseling, a patient is reluctant to follow her MFM specialist's advice.