Malpractice Consult

Speaking of Urology - Malpractice and stones: What a recent study reveals

September 21, 2020

In this episode, Peter L. Steinberg, MD, discusses a recent Urology Practice paper that examined medical malpractice cases involving kidney stones.

Urology malpractice consult: Patient dies following lithotripsy procedure

August 03, 2020

Stone embedded in bladder wall, causing slow bleed

Urethra nicked during excision procedure

June 11, 2020

A urologist should have been consulted, an expert for the plaintiff said.

Man sues over outcomes from microwave device

April 09, 2020

"The urologist contended that, at all times, he was willing to undergo any training program that the manufacturer or distributor recommended and that he used the microwave device at all times exactly as instructed by the proctor and by the literature given to him," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

Lack of emergent VCUG leads to costly settlement

January 24, 2020

"Following an adverse liability verdict, this defendant urologist did not also want the jury deciding damages," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

IPP suit hinges on expert’s lack of credibility

January 02, 2020

"The expert testified that the standard of care after penile prosthesis surgery is to leave the implant in a semi-inflated state for 4 to 6 weeks, when in fact the standard is to keep the implant in a deflated state," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.

Top 6 Malpractice Consult articles of 2019

December 09, 2019

Here are the six most-read "Malpractice Consult" columns of 2019 from Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN, and Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

Is clinician at fault for vesicovaginal fistula?

November 27, 2019

"Most people do not wish for their actions to be judged in hindsight; rather, if we are going to be judged, we want to be judged based on what we knew at the time," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

Retained metallic object prompts lawsuit

October 24, 2019

"The plaintiff alleged that she notified the urologist of her continuing pain and was told there was nothing wrong," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.

Lack of follow-up on x-ray leads to lawsuit

October 15, 2019

"In this case, a key component to the defense verdict was the fact that the defendants were able to provide convincing expert testimony regarding the outcome of the decedent’s situation if the diagnosis had been tendered earlier, as argued by the plaintiff," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

Resident, attending sued over BPH procedure

August 29, 2019

The court found that treatment performance was below the standard of care.

Who’s to blame for man’s loss of kidney function?

August 16, 2019

"The defense claimed that the patient’s kidney function was intact at the time of the CT scan and that the patient failed to follow up with his urologist," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

Inside a med-mal case: My brief stint as juror 22

July 18, 2019

"Based on their lines of questioning, it was apparent the defendant’s attorney wanted me to sit on the jury and the plaintiff’s attorney did not," writes Urology Times Content Channel Director Richard R. Kerr.

Not your patient? You can still be sued for malpractice

July 17, 2019

"It is prudent for providers to know the law of the jurisdiction where they practice and any applicable policies surrounding consult and documentation," advises Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.

Did failure to do foreskin exam lead to legal action?

June 18, 2019

A pathologist and three urologists were accused of negligence in the lawsuit.

Why physician testimony is so important

May 21, 2019

"As the primary witnesses for the defense, [the treating physicians] did not build credibility, were not likable, and did not take any responsibility for the medical care of the claimant," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.

Diagnostic errors still top driver of claims

April 26, 2019

"Where other indicators of medical malpractice claims have decreased over the years, the prevalence of diagnostic error has not changed, calling for more innovating thinking, introspection, and systematic approaches to prevention and shared learning," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.

Failure to consult urologist at heart of case

April 05, 2019

"The expert concluded that… had a urologist been consulted, additional attempts at placing a Foley catheter using a guidewire would have been made in an effort to relieve the retention," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

Undetected kidney tumor leads to lawsuit

March 06, 2019

"The plaintiff claimed the decedent’s cancer should have been diagnosed by the original urologist at least 3 years before the actual diagnosis, and claimed that timely diagnosis and treatment would have prevented the spread of the cancer," writes Acacia Brush Perko, Esq.

Positional injuries pose medicolegal risks

February 11, 2019

"A patient’s success on a claim of injury based on intraoperative positioning would likely be based on a negligence theory, or potentially a lack of informed consent theory," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.