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Obstetrics & Gynecology Expert Witness


Obstetrics and Gynecology (often abbreviated to OB/GYN or O&G) are the two surgical specialties dealing with the female reproductive organs, and as such are often combined to form a single medical specialty and postgraduate training program. This combined training prepares the practicing OB/GYN to be adept at the surgical management of the entire scope of clinical pathology involving female reproductive organs, and to provide care for both pregnant and non-pregnant patients.


Our obstetrics and gynecology experts have consulted on issues involving reproduction, lactation, and breastfeeding. Our network includes OB/GYN experts who are actively practicing and experienced in all obstetric and gynecologic surgical procedures. Our experts are available for independent medical exams, medical literature research, initial case reviews for medical malpractice, workers compensation and personal injury cases.  Our OB/GYN experts can also provide reports on infertility, hysterectomy, maternal-fetal medicine, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and all pregnancy related issues including ectopic pregnancy. AMFS' medical expert witnesses are Board Certified and available to testify in depositions, arbitrations, and trials on breast cancer, sterilization, placental abruption, gynecologic surgery, Down\'s Syndrome, epidural anesthesia, preterm or premature labor, shoulder dystocia, incompetent cervix, perinatology, gynecology and gynecologic surgery, obstetrics, pregnancy, Caesarean sections, and endocrinology in women, and related topics, in negligence and other injury cases.


A case one of our OB/GYN experts recently consulted on involved a woman in Texas who filed a medical malpractice action against her doctor for recommending a Caesarean section as opposed to letting her have a vaginal delivery:


Our OB/GYN expert assisted the plaintiff in the medical malpractice action by reviewing the plaintiff’s medical records and providing an expert opinion on the merits of her case. When contacted for the review, our OB/GYN physician was not told who requested the review, assuring the plaintiff an unbiased, credible opinion she could rely on when deciding whether or how to pursue her case.


The plaintiff, age 37, had a history of four, uncomplicated, spontaneous vaginal deliveries. Following one prenatal visit, her physician recommended a Caesarean section due to decreased leg mobility and marginal previa. After her doctor performed the Caesarean section, the hospital admitted her with a history of fever and drainage from her abdominal wound. Her doctor performed an incision and drainage of the abdominal wall abscess with evacuation of a hematoma and placement of a wound vac. After the hospital discharged her, she was provided wound care under a home healthcare program. Later, the hospital readmitted her for treatment of persistent fistula and a surgical scar. In surgery, her doctor performed exploration of the abdominal wound, excision of the wound fistula, drainage of the deep wound abscess, and removal of a surgical sponge.


After receiving the plaintiff’s medical records, our OB/GYN expert addressed a list of specific questions the plaintiff had, and evaluated her case for legal merit. For the plaintiff to establish medical negligence, she had to establish four elements:

  • Breach of duty
  • Breach of standard of care
  • Proximate cause of damages
  • Damages

Within 10 business days after receiving the plaintiff’s materials, our reviewing physician contacted the plaintiff with conclusions as to the merits of her case. Our OB/GYN expert believed the plaintiff’s doctor may have breached a standard of care by not allowing her to have a vaginal delivery.

If the plaintiff had a vaginal delivery, she could have completely avoided the abdominal incision of a Caesarean section, abdominal wall infection, incision drainage and wound vac placement, home wound care, retained sponge, abscess and fistula formation, abdominal wall surgery for abscess drainage, and prolonged healing of the abdominal wall, among other damages.

 After receiving our expert’s opinion, the plaintiff was more confident in alleging her doctor breached the standard of care by recommending a Caesarean section, and this breach proximately caused her damages.


Unlike practitioners who offer obstetrical services to their patients, and most often, are not trained in the surgical aspects of obstetrics, or in gynecology, all of our experts in the OB/GYN specialty are board certified OB/GYN experts in active clinical and/or academic practice. With one phone call we offer unbiased experts located throughout the United States who bring experience and academic integrity to every assignment. Our unique screening process and involvement of our Medical Directors enables us to undertake doctor-to-doctor dialogue sparing our clients countless wasted hours and provides superior results.


For general counsels and litigators, our accomplished physicians are skilled public speakers, leaders in local and national medical societies and experienced private practitioners. They have taught at leading universities on O & G topics and written articles on O & G concerns in often referenced medical and scientific publications. Some of our prior clients have considered our experts to be Top Notch and consistently above and beyond service.


Call today (or complete the contact form) for a free consultation with one of our Medical Directors to discuss your case needs and learn more about OBGYN Expert Witnesses in our network.


AMFS maintains the most comprehensive network of pre-qualified medical experts in all specialties. Our in-house Medical Directors are prepared to consult, recommend and arrange for medical analysis and testimony as required for your case.


Our extensive experience and vast network of physicians enable us to rapidly identify and interview potential medical experts on your behalf and provide you with the C.V.s of those who are best suited to your case.

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