New York County (NY) Supreme Court
Due to a prolonged labor, an Ob/Gyn attempted vacuum then forceps delivery on a 35-year-old woman delivering her first child. When both interventions were unsuccessful, the physician opted for a cesarean section and delivered a healthy infant.
During the procedure, the mother suffered multiple bladder perforations, which caused urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
She claimed the doctor was negligent in separating her bladder and uterus with Metzenbaum scissors.
The defense noted that due to adhesions from a prior abdominal cystectomy, the cesarean was especially difficult.
- The jury returned a defense verdict.