Legal Pearls for the OBGYN
Broad Global Objectives:
- The four components of medical liability are duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages.
- The ethical concept of informed consent contains both comprehension and free consent.
- The most common clinical situations that medical malpractice arises from include obstetrical claims from neurologically impaired infant, stillbirth, or neonatal death, abnormal fetal heart tones, operative vaginal delivery, and shoulder dystocia and gynecological claims including surgical in Jury/infection/bleeding, delay or failure to diagnosis cancer, and failed sterilization.
- Discuss the basics of medical malpractice.
- Discuss and review informed consent and the importance of adequate documentation.
- Review various circumstances that are unique to the obstetrician-gynecologist that may carry higher risk of medical liability.