Loss of testicle due to insufficient blood flow
A 10-year-old boy was brought to an Illinois hospital due to pelvic pain. It was determined that the left testicle was undescended and remained in the inguinal canal. An ultrasound was done and interpreted that there was sufficient blood flow to the testicle, and the patient was discharged.
Two days later, he presented to a different hospital where it was determined that the blood flow to the testicle was insufficient and by that time there was irreversible damage and removal was required.
A malpractice case was filed against the physician who interpreted the ultrasound incorrectly and the case was settled for $400,000.
Patient injured during lithotripsy and bladder procedure
A lawsuit was filed after a 44-year-old New York man underwent lithotripsy to break up kidney stones and a procedure to explore his bladder. After the kidney procedure, the patient was moved to another table to perform the bladder exploration. He claimed the OR staff did not use the proper technique while transferring him and he was dropped during the transfer, injuring his back and neck.
The defense asserted that the patient did not fall, but that his weight shifted during the transfer, and the staff correctly decided to lower him to the floor. They claimed that the patient had no proof he had fallen. The jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating for an hour at the conclusion of a 5-day trial.