MS COLLINS is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, California. She welcomes feedback on this column via e-mail. Click on the envelope icon to email.
Wrong testicle removed during surgery
"At trial, the urology expert testified that the defendant urologist failed to offer the patient alternative treatments before proceeding with the drastic option of removing the testicle," writes Dawn Collins, JD.
BPH patient injured during prostatectomy
The plaintiff claimed that the urologist should have performed TURP.
Penile injections lead to disfiguration
The urologist argued that he did obtain informed consent to the injection treatment, noting that the patient had signed a document that explained that scars were a possible outcome.
Complications after sling repair lead to lawsuit
The physician argued that the migration of the mesh is a known risk of the procedure and the patient had given informed consent for the operation.
Damage from ureteral stent results in $8.5 million verdict
In this "Malpractice Consult" column, Dawn Collins, JD, also discusses cases involving penile pain following cystoscopy, alleged failure to diagnose kidney obstruction, and death follow stent placement.
Transplanted kidney found to be cancerous; patient sues
Patient dies after prostatectomy; is his urologist at fault?
Patient sues after arterial injury during nephrectomy
Extracapsular prostate cancer leads patient to sue
In this case, the man currently has no evidence of metastatic disease or other long-term injury from his claimed negligence that the physicians allowed the cancer to become extracapsular during the 6 months of following his PSA levels.
Circumcision error leads to Peyronie’s disease
In the lawsuit, the urologist contended the circumcision was properly performed and the patient’s curvature was due to a previously asymptomatic Peyronie’s condition, which was exacerbated after the circumcision procedure.
Forceful catheter insertion leads to bleeding, lawsuit
In the lawsuit, the physician was accused of not timely responding to the information that there was no urine returned after catheterization.
Nerve injury during sling procedure prompts suit
In this case, the woman claimed her damages from the negligent nerve injury included pain and weakness in her legs and a second operation to replace the sling.
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