A Missouri urologist was found to have committed medical negligence by a Missouri medical malpractice jury on October 31, 2014, following a two-day trial. The jury awarded the 58-year-old former patient of the urologist $240,000 for removing her kidney during surgery when it was allegedly unnecessary to do so. The woman still has her remaining, healthy kidney.
The woman had imaging done of her kidneys in 2012 that the defendant urologist allegedly told her showed a suspicious area that indicated cancer. However, the urologist failed to order additional testing to diagnose the woman’s kidney condition before operating to remove the kidney. Pathology testing of the removed kidney following the surgery determined that the woman’s kidney was not cancerous.
The woman alleged in her urological malpractice lawsuit that the defendant urologist and his medical practice were negligent in failing to order additional testing before performing the kidney removal surgery that would have properly diagnosed her medical condition and would have avoided the unnecessary removal of her noncancerous kidney. The woman alleged that the defendants failed to advise her of her alternative treatment options, thereby failing to obtain her informed consent for the surgery.
Prior Malpractice Claims Against The Urologist
The urologist was reportedly involved in at least two other medical malpractice claims against him since 2007.
In 2007, the urologist had wrongfully removed the healthy kidney of a 55-year-old patient instead of the man’s diseased kidney. The urologist had documented in his notes that he had failed to examine the patient’s x-rays displayed on a small computer screen that was located 10 feet from him during the surgery to confirm which kidney was cancerous and was to be removed during the surgery. That medical malpractice claim against the urologist and his medical practice was reported to have been confidentially settled for approximately $1.7 million.
In a second medical malpractice claim filed in 2008 against the urologist that the urologist reportedly settled, the urologist surgically removed a 25-year-old man’s left testicle after it had become twisted and lost its blood supply as a result, but the urologist negligently failed to follow the standard of care in such circumstances by suturing the right testicle to protect it from becoming twisted. The patient subsequently lost his right testicle due to the same condition that caused the loss of his left testicle.
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