The Obstetrics Expert Witness & Fetal Harm

A Cook County, IL, jury awarded $50.3M to Aimee and David Flores and their son Julien in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Julien Flores suffered severe brain injury due to a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of oxygen deficiency during the birth process. The complaint alleges that obstetrician Dr. Armin Drachler should have performed a C-section sooner to prevent a lack of blood flow to Julien Florez’s brain. Allegations of negligence also included administering Aimee Florez Pitocin which strengthened her labor contractions and diminished oxygen to Julien. Plaintiff’s attorneys described the hospital staff as waiting hours to perform an emergency C-section while the baby’s heart rate lowered which resulted in him being born blue and not able to breathe on his own. Julien has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and suffers from hearing loss, reduced motor skills and a limited vocabulary. He will need specialized care for the rest of his life.

The malpractice case names Dr. Drachler, nurse Lisa Wegrzyn, and NorthShore Evanston Hospital. Plaintiff’s attorneys describe the verdict as the second highest birth injury verdict on record in Illinois and the third highest in a case of medical malpractice.

Based on data from the American Medical Association’s 2016 Physician Practice Benchmark Survey, José R. Guardado, PhD, authored Medical Liability Claim Frequency Among U.S. Physicians. Dr. Guardado writes “General surgeons and obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYN) were the physicians most likely to be sued, more than 3½ to 4 times greater than pediatricians and psychiatrists, who have the lowest risk.”

Medscape’s Ob/Gyn Malpractice Report 2017: Real Physicians. Real Lawsuits. tells us that the most common claims are:

Complications from treatment/surgery

Poor Outcome/Disease Progression

Failure to Treat/Delayed Treatment

Failure to Diagnose/Delayed Diagnosis

Wrongful Death

Patient Suffered an Abnormal Injury

Obstetricians are often named as defendants when there is a poor or unexpected fetal outcome. Complications such as oxygen deprivation can result in severe fetal harm or loss. Given the complex issues involved in obstetrics, an experienced board-certified obstetrics expert from a top university medical center is an invaluable resource in litigation. To secure a hand-selected obstetrics expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts.