Urologist Malpractice Cases
When a doctor makes a mistake, it can have serious and life-altering complications on the patient. Urologists deal with areas in the human body associated with the urinary tract, and therefore have the potential to cause injuries which may result in infertility or otherwise have seriously debilitating consequences. The Boston-based medical malpractice attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP will hold all doctors in Massachusetts guilty of malpractice accountable for their mistakes.
Urology is the medicinal study of maladies and treatments associated with the male and female urinary tract. This can encompass a very wide range of potential medical issues, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder illnesses, erectile dysfunction, prostate illnesses and vasectomies.
Urologists are highly compensated and undergo many years of training to be able to diagnose and treat these potentially serious diseases, such as being able to perform and evaluate a prostate examination in a patient who is having difficulty urinating or is experiencing the constant feeling that they need to urinate. Sometimes this may turn out to be prostate cancer, one of the most serious and potentially deadly forms of cancer known today.
In other cases, urologists may be called upon to assist in matters relating to fertility, such as for help with issues involving erectile dysfunction. In some cases, urologists may be needed to perform surgical work on these highly sensitive areas, which can have disastrous and lifelong consequences if a mistake is made that result in permanent infertility.Negligent Behavior From Urologists
As with any medical malpractice case, the key to establishing that the doctor was at fault for a procedure gone wrong which resulted in adverse consequences to the patient's health is establishing that the doctor was negligent in his or her duties to safely practice their medical expertise.
Doctors can be deemed negligent for a variety of reasons, such as failing to interpret the results of a medical examination properly. In the case of a urologist, this might mean failing to identify signs of prostate cancer following a prostate exam, resulting in a delayed treatment of the cancer, which could have life-threatening results due to the seriousness of that diagnosis.
A urologist could be deemed negligent if they make a serious error during a procedure, such as a nicked artery or nerve during a surgical procedure. Doctors are highly trained to not make such mistakes, so any such mistake might open a doctor to the possibility of being deemed liable in a malpractice case against them. If there was any obvious negligence involved, such as leaving a surgical sponge or instrument in the patient's open body cavity, then this would make the case for negligence much more clear cut.
Negligence can also be established following a successful procedure, such as by not properly monitoring the patient and ensuring that they are recovering properly. If a patient develops a nasty infection or isn't reacting well to certain medication, and this goes unnoticed by the healthcare facility, there may be grounds for a malpractice suit.
In the case of medical malpractice, there often isn't simply one person at fault, as hospitals involve many different roles in the treatment of one person. Whether the fault lies with a doctor, a nurse or a medical intern or even a combination of all the above, the experienced malpractice attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience holding all responsible parties accountable.
If you or a loved one has experienced a complication or suffered harm as the result of what you believe to be malpractice by a urologist, call our offices today to speak with one of our expert malpractice attorneys.
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