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Medical Verdicts

Jury faults ObGyns for silence on abortion

February 2006 · Vol. 18, No. 2

<court>Tarrant County (Tex) 342nd District Court</court>

A woman gave birth to an infant with rare congenital abnormalities. The parents alleged sonograms indicated abnormalities early on in the course of the pregnancy. In suing, they faulted the obstetrician and the referring maternal-fetal medicine specialist for failing to advise of the option to terminate the pregnancy.

  • The jury awarded the plaintiff $5.8 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, Nashville, Tenn ( The available information about the cases is sometimes incomplete; pertinent details may be unavailable. Moreover, the cases may or may not have merit. Still, these cases represent types of clinical situations that may result in litigation and are meant to illustrate variation in verdicts and awards.

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