The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2016 Case Studies
What to Expect from Litigation: Dr. Nye’s Perspective
Each quarter, our Case Studies series highlights one member’s personal experience in facing a malpractice claim. Any physician who might become the target of litigation can benefit from hearing peers talk about the emotional impact of being sued and the support they received throughout the litigation process.
This quarter, we feature Elizabeth R. Nye, MD, FACOG, who faced a particularly challenging case. After following a patient through a healthy pregnancy, Dr. Nye induced labor at 39 weeks due to problems with fetal growth. The labor was lengthy, and Dr. Nye attempted to assist the delivery with a vacuum extractor, but it was not successful. Dr. Nye recommended an emergency cesarean section, but the patient refused—and later sued Dr. Nye for failure to timely deliver, leading to neonatal death.
Any case involving neonatal death is a difficult one, and Dr. Nye faced extreme emotional stress, asking herself, “What could I have done better? What could I have done differently?” But through the strong support of her lawyer and The Doctors Company—and testimony from expert witnesses—Dr. Nye successfully defended her care and was exonerated by the jury.
Watch this powerful video about Dr. Nye’s testimony on her own behalf and how the emotional lawsuit affected everyone involved.
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