|November 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 11
2 views of episiotomy highlight legal risk
I was not surprised to see, in Dr. James Greenberg’s commentary in Examining the Evidence (August), the following question: Is routine episiotomy justified? Nor was I surprised by the answer: No.
However, I was surprised to discover, in the Medical Verdicts column in the same issue, a case summary under the headline, “Should episiotomy have been performed?” This case resulted in a jury award of $526,745 for failure to perform routine episiotomy.