Valuation of Urology Malpractice Cases in Illinois
Many patients experience problems with their urinary tract involving the bladder, ureters, and kidneys. Common urologic diseases include prostate problems, bladder control issues, kidney stones, and UTIs (urinary tract infections). This wide array of urologic medical conditions affects men, women, and children at any age.
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Common Urology Malpractice Lawsuits
Many patients who have been injured by a urologist have filed a compensation claim or lawsuit against their health care provider to recover financial damages. Common claims are based on at least one of the three following factors, including:
- A misdiagnosis that led to a serious health concern or wrongful death – Some of these cases involve urologists who failed to diagnose a cancerous condition of the bladder, kidney, or prostate.
- A urological surgical procedure mistake – A surgical error in the operating room could create a life-and-death situation, or severe organ damage that could have been prevented. Any surgical mistakes can occur in various procedures, including:
- Urethroplasty failed procedure where the ureter was not repaired or reconstructed.
- Endoscopic surgical failure where the surgeon failed to remove kidney stones and tumors or eliminate kidney blockages and strictures completely.
- Cystoscopy procedure problems that hurt the patient when the doctor used equipment to look inside the urethra or bladder.
- Urethroplasty problem that developed when the doctor was examining the patient's upper urinary tract.
- Vasectomy surgical procedure that produced the wrong outcome, resulting in the conception of an unexpected baby.
- Bladder Suspension Procedure that caused unexpected problems when the surgeon attempted to improve the common symptoms associated with stress incontinence caused by a sagging urethra or bladder neck.
- Nephrectomy surgical problem when the surgeon attempted to remove part or all of the kidney.
- Circumcision mistakes that left the male patient with a deformed penis.
- Penal implant failure that because the patient to experience pain, discomfort, and other medical issues.
- Urosepsis caused by a failure to monitor the patient after their urological surgical procedure. The development of urosepsis, a life-threatening urological infection, can easily spread throughout the patient's bloodstream.
- Urinalysis Mistake – The laboratory results might have produced a false read that led to the wrong analysis of a urine test due to a failure in collecting or processing the patient's urine.
Common Urinary Symptoms
Many urinary problems have significant symptoms that are shared with other medical conditions. Typically, patients will develop a urological issue that displays itself as a urinary tract infection with associated swelling and irritation. Problems with the bladder can include the inability to hold urine or discomfort when urinating. Common urinary symptoms include:
- Lower back and lower abdominal pain
- Abnormal (too small or too much) urine volume
- Fever, nausea, and vomiting
- Hematuria (urinating blood)
- Frequent urgency to urinate
- Enlarged prostate
- Painful urination
- Incontinence (loss of bladder control)
- Abnormal urine smell or color
- Urine leakage
Urinary Incontinence Can Be a Serious Problem
Typically, the first signs of a urological problem developed as urinary incontinence can be caused by many different medical conditions that include:
- Enlarged prostate
- Overactive bladder
- Severe constipation
- Childbirth or pregnancy
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Week sphincter muscles that support the urethra
- Weakened bladder muscles
- Multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease
- Interstitial cystitis that produces constant bladder irritation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Medication use including diuretic drugs
- Radiation therapy
- Bladder cancer
- Bladder dysfunction
- Dietary medical problems associated with consuming spicy foods or caffeine
Common Urologic Diseases
According to the American Urological Association Foundation (AUAF) a large segment of the population suffers urological diseases and disorders including:
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) – Many older men suffer from an enlarged prostate gland that is usually not caused by prostate cancer. As the prostate enlarges, it narrows the urethra tube for carrying urine in the bladder away from the body that often leads to frequent urination and a weakened urine stream. The doctor may recommend monitoring the patient's condition or prescribing drugs including Alpha blockers. Typically, surgery is required to treat severe cases.
- Urinary Incontinence – Up to 15 million men and women in America are living with urinary incontinence and no longer have control of their bladder. Many factors could be the cause of urinary incontinence including childbirth, pregnancy, diabetes, large prostate, spinal cord injury, severe constipation, weakened sphincter or bladder muscles, and certain diseases. The doctor may recommend a lifestyle change to treat the problem including fluid intake control or corrective surgery.
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – Statistics reveal that approximately 12% of men and 40% of women have experienced at least one urinary tract infection with noticeable symptoms including a urinary burning sensation or an urge to urinate frequently. The urologist will typically prescribe mild to strong antibiotics to treat a UTI that might take up to a week or longer to go away.
- Ureteral and Kidney Stones – A patient can develop a kidney stone when urine crystals collect in the kidney or ureter. Any movement of the bladder to eliminate urine can cause excruciating pain until the small stones are expelled or surgically removed. Effective treatment for large kidney stones includes Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) that can shatter large stones into tiny pieces they can be easily expelled.
How Much is my Urology Malpractice Lawsuit Worth?
If you suspect that your doctor's mistake or error caused you a urological injury, you might have the right to file a urology malpractice claim or lawsuit to obtain financial compensation. Nine out of ten medical malpractice cases are settled through a negotiated meeting out of court, and the remainder are presented in front of a judge and jury in a lawsuit trial. Settling the case can be beneficial to both the plaintiff and the defendant who might be worried that the jury will not return the verdict they desire.
Urologists also face a wide array of issues when dealing with patients. These specialists focus on the urinary tract systems of male and females as well as the reproductive systems of males. The organs under focus in this department include kidneys, urethras, bladders, and others. Here are some examples of when they failed patients:
- 2015, Maryland: $1,240,000 Jury Award (Spinal Epidural Abscess Misdiagnosis):
A patient was admitted to the emergency room and stayed in the hospital for eleven days suffering from a fever and back pain. It took that long for the diagnosticians to identify the man's condition – a spinal epidural abscess. The delay diagnoses lead to the development of permanent paralysis. The jury decided the doctors and hospital were legally at fault for causing the man's injuries.
- 2013, Illinois: $1,808,000 Jury Award (Recommending the Wrong Procedure):
A urologist provided a 73-year-old substandard care by not repeating a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test to confirm previous test results and instead recommended a TRUS (trans-rectal ultrasound-guided biopsy) procedure. However, the procedure can increase the potential risk of developing a life-threatening E. coli infection in the patient's bowel. The man with pre-existing conditions underwent the procedure and developed an E. coli (Escherichia coli) infection and died two months later after the infectious bacteria spread to his spine.
- 2013, New York: $3,600,000 Jury Award (Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis):
A doctor misdiagnosed a maintenance worker's prostate nodule claiming the biopsy came back negative. However, the urologist later diagnosed the patient with prostate inflammation (prostatitis) and prescribed the patient antibiotics and was told to come back for a follow-up appointment in three months. However, the patient's internist had performed a blood test that identified high concentrations of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) that indicates the presence of cancer but never gave the information to the patient or his urologist.
A follow-up biopsy verified the presence of prostate cancer which had progressed significantly. After the patient died one year later, his wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming a failure to diagnose. The jury decided medical malpractice was involved and awarded the decedent's wife adequate financial compensation.
- 2013; New Jersey; $375,000 Settlement (Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis):
In this case, the plaintiff, an African American male in his early sixties, sued his urologist after he developed prostate cancer nearly three years after visiting the doctor. The urologist performed the standard PSA screening, but it showed no signs of problems. The plaintiff countered that this test often returns a false positive and that his background made him a prime target for prostate cancer. Therefore, he argued that the doctor should have taken more proactive steps to block the spread of cancer. The defendant denied that his care actually reduced the plaintiff's life expectancy or otherwise significantly caused any injuries to him. They settled out of court for $375,000.
- 2010; New York; $3,560,000 Settlement (Failed Rectal Surgery):
The victim, in this case, was a young man that was engaged to be married soon. Tragically, doctors discovered that he had a tumor in his rectum. In consultation with his urologist, the surgeon decided to remove it through the rectum. Unfortunately, they negligently performed the operation, and because of this, the man was left with visible scars, retrograde ejaculation, and long-term pain and suffering. The man sued the doctors for their malpractice. He alleged that they performed the surgery poorly and could have achieved the same results with an alternative surgery: a perineal resection operation. Acknowledging their obvious mistakes, the defendants chose to settle and gave the man $3,560,000 for his injuries.
- 2010; California; $1,250,000 Settlement (Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis):
The victim in this incident was a lively man in his late forties. He went to his primary care doctor who referred him to a urologist for standard tests. The physician performed a rectal exam and a PSA screening. Later it was determined that he had non-operative prostate cancer. He sued the urologist for missing this and costing him the chance at recovery. His wife also sued for loss of consortium, support, and emotional stress. All sides settled for approximately $1,250,000.
- 2008; New York; $750,000 Settlement (Failed Urethra Surgery):
This action was brought by a mother on behalf of her son. The child was born with a congenital disability where the urethra did not extend all the way to the end of the penis. Doctors performed surgery to correct this but messed it up; therefore, they had to go back in and redo it. The mother sued because of the failures of the urologist and surgeon in these procedures. They left the child's penis scarred.
Hiring a Urology Malpractice Attorney
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