Urology is a specialized medical field that focuses on the urinary tract for both men and women and the reproductive system for men. A urologist has specialized skills and knowledge regarding problems and medical conditions related to these systems. Medical errors in urology could result in devastating and potentially life-threatening conditions. A patient may suffer significant physical, emotional, and financial damages in the case of urologic malpractice.
Anyone who believes their condition or injury was caused by urologic malpractice should consult a New Jersey urologic malpractice attorney as soon as possible. The time to file a claim is limited by the state’s statute of limitation for medical malpractice cases. Therefore, time is of the essence in investigating whether the injury or condition is the result of urologic malpractice.
Common Urologic Errors That Result in Urologic Malpractice
There are many causes of urologic malpractice. However, some of the most common causes of urologic malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a health concern, such as cancer of the kidneys, bladder, or prostate
- Failure to perform diagnostic tests when symptoms of a problem are present
- A urological surgery mistake, including mistakes related to a cystoscopy, urethroplasty, vasectomy, or bladder suspension
- Anesthesia errors
- Medications errors and mistakes
- Failure to diagnose and/or treat kidney stones or kidney blockages
- Circumcision mistakes
- Penal implant failure
- Nephrectomy procedures
- Failure to monitor a patient post-operative
- Preoperative mistakes, including failure to obtain informed consent
- Urinalysis mistakes
Any error or mistake related to urological treatment may give rise to a urologic malpractice claim.
Symptoms or Signs of Urinary Problems
Some symptoms or signs of urinary problems could be an indication of a problem with your kidneys or bladder. However, they could also be an indication of another health problem. You should always see your physician if you suspect you may be suffering from urinary problems.
Common urinary symptoms that require medical attention include, but are not limited to:
- Burning, pain, or discomfort when urinating
- Involuntary loss of urine
- Persistent urge to urinate
- Pain in the side, groin, or back
- Vaginal discharge or discharge from the penis
- Cloudy or blooding urine
- Fever with urinary symptoms
- Difficulty starting urination
In some cases, symptoms will be accompanied by other symptoms that may indicate a need to seek immediate medical attention including:
- Blurred vision
- Vomiting or nausea
- Extreme hunger or thirst
- Unintended weight loss
- Abnormal urine odor
- Compensation for Urologic Malpractice Claims
If you were injured because of urologic malpractice, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your losses. Damages in a urologic malpractice claim include economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages may include medical expenses, loss of income, and other financial losses. Noneconomic damages or “pain and suffering” damages include physical pain, mental anguish, emotional suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact a New Jersey Urologic Malpractice Attorney for More Information
Urologic malpractice claims can be very complex. An experienced New Jersey urologic malpractice attorney can help you investigate the allegations of urologic malpractice to determine if you have a medical malpractice claim against your urologist or another medical provider. Contact our team at Nagel Rice, LLP today to discuss your urologic malpractice case.