The woman claimed that her injuries caused her to be unable to have sexual intercourse without extreme pain, and she asserted that she experiences discomfort at all times. Additional surgery and complicated procedures had been recommended to alleviate her condition and allow relatively pain-free intercourse.
Using the wrong solution of acid during a procedure is below the standard of care, and there is no dispute that doing so caused the injury to this patient. The issue then becomes the reasonable monetary amount that would compensate the patient for her injuries and suffering. In this case, it is likely that negligence was admitted and the patient and her attorneys then negotiated directly with the risk management department of the hospital. The parties agreed on a $600,000 settlement without a malpractice lawsuit being filed.
Ultrasound to assess fetal weight never performed
The woman sued her obstetrician, claiming that because of her weight gain during pregnancy, an ultrasound (U/S) should have been performed prior to induction to determine fetal size and weight.
The physician claimed that U/S is not always accurate, that shoulder dystocia is unpredictable, and that the injury occurred in the absence of any negligence on his part. A defense verdict was returned.
Nerve damage follows vaginal prolapse reconstruction surgery
That afternoon, she saw a different physician, who referred her to a neurologist for an electromyogram. Partial lumbar plexopathy or proximal sciatic nerve irritation, possibly secondary to suturing, was diagnosed. Several days later, the neurologist performed surgery to remove a suture from the sacrospinous ligament plexus. Many of the woman's neurological symptoms immediately resolved, however, she still has pain, uses a cane to walk, and has a noticeable limp.
The woman alleged negligence by her former physician in failing to diagnose that a suture was causing nerve damage. She claimed that had the suture been removed within 3 days after the reconstruction surgery, no neurological injury would have resulted.
The physician argued that the patient's complaints were addressed in a timely manner in that an U/S was done to rule out deep vein thrombosis and a neurology consult was ordered. A $1,580,256 verdict was returned.