Stethoscope According to the American Medical Association, general surgeons and obstetrician-gynecologists are at the greatest risk of facing medical liability lawsuits. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A judge in Union County on May 21 approved a $1.7 million settlement in Aguasvivas v. Langer-Most, a medical malpractice suit claiming that an obstetrician-gynecologist and a midwife failed to notify a pregnant woman that she was carrying a fetus with Down syndrome.

Plaintiff Karla Solorzano underwent a second-trimester ultrasound test on Sept. 24, 2014, at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, N.J., that was interpreted by defendant obstetrician-gynecologist Orly Langer-Most. The test showed the presence of a fetal “sandal gap,” an abnormally large space between the first and second toe that is found in 45% of babies born with Down syndrome, according to plaintiff lawyer Daryl Zaslow of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow of Red Bank.

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