MAG, OB-GYN groups file brief to support medical practice

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The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) recently joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society in filing an amicus brief to support the Atlanta Women’s Health Group in a lawsuit that is pending in the State Court of DeKalb County.

MAG General Counsel Trish Yeatts reports that the case – T’Miaya Smith and Jamaal Hayes, Sr. v. Northside Hospital, Inc., Lauren Braswell, RN and Atlanta Women’s Health Group, PC – involves a delivery that occurred in 2010.

She says that, “The brief is focused on the importance of keeping bad science out of the courtroom and limiting the effect that frivolous lawsuits have on the health care system, particularly the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology.”

Yeatts also stresses that the brief supports a MAG policy (265.884) that states that the “physician [who is] serving as an expert witness should present the court with those opinions which represent the broad spectrum of medical thought and practice…[the] expert should honestly describe where his or her opinions vary from common practice…[and the] expert should not present his or her own views as the only correct ones if they differ from what might be done by other physicians.”

MAG members can contact Yeatts at pyeatts@mag.org or 678.303.9274 with questions.

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