Myths vs. Truths: Examining Placental Pathology Challenges in Pregnancy Outcomes and Birth Injury Litigation

Nov 17, 2021 10:00am – 1:30pm

Paul A. Casi, II
Sole Owner/Shareholder
Paul A. Casi, II P.S.C. (Louisville, KY)

David B. Gazak, Ph.D., J.D.,
Managing Partner
Gazak Brown, P.S.C. (Louisville, KY)

LaMar F. Jost
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell (Denver, CO)

Carolyn M. Salafia, M.D
Placental Pathologist
Placental Analytics, LLC

Challenges involving placental pathology have become more prevalent in obstetrical malpractice birth injury cases. For that reason, a thorough understanding of the legal strategies and limitations of placental pathology is key.

  • Understanding the basics of placental pathology
  • Assessing mechanisms of intrauterine infection and its effect on the fetus/baby
  • Recognizing infection
    • Markers of intrauterine infection, stress, and inflammation
  • Clinical vs. histological chorioamnionitis
    • When can histological chorioamnionitis cause injury in premature and full-term babies?
    • Determining whether a jury accepts histological chorioamnionitis an alternative causation theory
  • Identifying and analyzing the different types of imaging and scans and what they mean
  • Determining if COVID-19 will cause damage to the placenta if a mother tests positive
  • Discussing state of the art of placental pathology cases
    • Devising strategies to overcome anticipated defenses
    • Analyzing key literature on chorioamnionitis and understanding how it affects the state of these defenses
    • Determining the impact of placental pathology on an obstetrical malpractice case