Defense Verdict for Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Wade Copeland and Ashley Sexton successfully defended an obstetrician-gynecologist in a case in the State Court of Cobb County. Plaintiff alleged that the doctor failed to successfully complete a dilation and curetage to remove products of conception following a miscarriage. Plaintiff contended that the doctor failed to inspect the tissue extracted during the procedure, failed to perform an ultrasound immediately following the procedure, and failed to immediately review the pathology report to insure that the fetus had been successfully extracted. The patient presented to the emergency department following the procedure. She had testified she was experiencing bleeding and severe cramping, but she failed to report this and only complained of a headache, for which she was prescribed medication and discharged home. The patient later delivered the fetus at home. The defense presented two expert witnesses, each of whom testified that the doctor had complied with the standard of care in performing the procedure and that the standard of care did not require that the doctor view the tissue extracted, perform a stat ultrasound or immedately review pathology results before discharging the patient following the dilation and curetage. The jury returned a defense verdict after a very short period of deliberation.