Calif. Med Mal Lawsuit: Orange County Doctor Branded Patient’s Name on Uterus

Calif. Med Mal Lawsuit: Orange County Doctor Branded Patient’s Name on Uterus


09/18/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Orange County, CA—A California gynecologist was sued for medical negligence after he reportedly branded a patient’s name on her uterus during an operation last year. While the plaintiff contends the branding had “no medically necessary purpose or reason,” the doctor called it a “gesture of friendship,” according to a September 13, 2010 report by The Smoking Gun.

The medical malpractice lawsuit, filed in Superior Court earlier this month, contends 47-year-old Ingrid Paulicivic went to Dr. Red Alinsod’s Orange County office to undergo a hysterectomy last year.

However, Dr. Alinsod, 50, allegedly made use of a cauterizing tool to engrave “Ingrid” right onto the patient’s surgically removed uterus during the procedure.

The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges the branding, which was described as “inexcusably bizarre behavior,” left Paulicivic with burns on her legs.

Dr. Alinsod reportedly claimed he branded her uterus for because he apparently “did not want to get it confused with others.”

He also contended he “felt comfortable putting her name on the uterus,” referring to his patient as a “good friend.”

Nonetheless, the medical malpractice attorney representing Paulicivic in the case argued she “had never met him prior to the first consult.”

The lawsuit also named Joe Paulicivic, Ingrid’s husband, as a plaintiff. Mr. Paulicivic reportedly claimed the branding resulted in a loss of intimacy with his wife, consequently leaving him “permanently injured and damaged.”

The case continues.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan– Legal News for California Medical Malpractice Lawyers.

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