Medical Verdicts

After tubal ligation, child born with problems


Harris County (Tex) District Court

A mother underwent a tubal ligation. Seven months later, she became pregnant with her fifth child. At 29 weeks’ gestation, the child was delivered via emergency cesarean section because of complications. During delivery it was determined that the left ovarian ligament had been ligated instead of the left fallopian tube.

The child suffered multiple complications, including growth and development delays.

  • The parties reached a confidential settlement.
The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn ( While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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