D&C, fetal death follow missed pregnancy
<court>Summit County (Ohio) Circuit Court</court>
Due to a missed period, a woman presented to her Ob/Gyn, who conducted an ultrasound. He diagnosed a blighted ovum and ordered no further tests. Per his recommendation, the woman underwent a D&C procedure.
Two weeks later, the woman delivered a deceased 3-inch fetus. A second D&C was required to remove the remaining products of conception. The plaintiffs sued, alleging emotional distress. The physician did not deny negligence, but questioned the level of distress the incident caused.
- The jury awarded the plaintiffs $220,000.
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. (www.verdictslaska.com) While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.