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Medical Verdicts

Were chart entries fabricated after woman bled to death?

July 2004 · Vol. 16, No. 7

<court>Bronx County (NY) Supreme Court</court>

Following a cesarean delivery and bilateral tubal ligation, a 43-year-old woman died due to hemorrhage.

Her husband, in suing, claimed his wife was left unattended for nearly 2 hours after surgery, during which time she bled to death. He questioned the validity of entries documenting 2 visits in that period, noting that the writing was unusually small and cramped, as if to fit under a later entry.

The defense claimed the chart was accurate and appropriate care administered.

  • The case settled for $2.3 million.

The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn ( While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.