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:
2013; New Jersey; $375,000 Settlement:
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 actually 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 his 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:
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, perineal resection. 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:
The victim in this incident was a lively man in his late forties. He went to his primary care doctor who referred him to an urologist for standard tests. They did 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:
This action was brought by a mother on behalf of her son. The child was born with a birth defect 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 and would forever