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October 22, 2019, PNLR News

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Failure to diagnose two-vessel umbilical cord

an illustration of an in-womb fetus with umbilical cord

Suit against an obstetrician and his practice alleged liability for the physician’s failure to review prenatal ultrasounds, which would have revealed a two-vessel umbilical cord. An earlier diagnosis would have allowed the baby’s mother to receive closer monitoring, the plaintiffs claimed, preventing a stillbirth. The jury awarded $1.2 million. Solis v. Yuzefovich.

During her pregnancy, Sara Solis received prenatal care at Millennium Gynecology. She underwent an ultrasound, which was interpreted as normal by a Millennium sonographer. The same sonographer also interpreted a follow-up ultrasound as normal. As Solis’s pregnancy progressed, her baby’s growth became restricted. The baby died in utero at 34 weeks’ gestation.

Solis and the baby’s father sued Millennium obstetrician Michael Yuzefovich and Millennium Gynecology, alleging liability for the physician’s failure to review Solis’s prenatal ultrasounds. The plaintiffs asserted that only the sonographer had reviewed the actual ultrasound images, which, the plaintiffs asserted, showed a two-vessel umbilical cord. Had this been timely diagnosed, Solis could have received closer monitoring and an earlier delivery once the growth restriction was identified, the plaintiffs argued.

The jury awarded $1.2 million.

Citation: Solis v. Yuzefovich, No. CL 18007694-00 (Va. Cir. Ct. Prince William Cnty. Sept. 23, 2019).

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member Richard L. Nagle, AAJ member Travis Markley, and James Knaack, all of Reston, Va.

Plaintiff experts: Eric Swisher, obstetrics, Roanoke, Va.; and Jean Lea Spitz, sonography, Oklahoma City.

Defense experts: Leonard Aamodt, obstetrics, Harrisonburg, Va.; Alfred Abuhamad, maternal-fetal medicine, Norfolk, Va.; Corrine Tuckey-Larus, obstetrics, Chesterfield, Va.; and Rebecca Baergen, pathology, New York City.