A widow in Nevada filed a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit against a Las Vegas, Nevada urologist on July 24, 2015, alleging that the urologist’s medical negligence led to her husband’s death. The Nevada medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the defendant urologist had failed to biopsy the plaintiff’s husband’s bladder after a CT scan indicated a high probability of bladder cancer, among other allegations of medical negligence.
After the urologist ruptured the man’s bladder during the placement of a catheter on July 26, 2014, the man had emergency surgery two days later to repair the damage. The man’s bladder cancer was allowed to spread when his bladder was ruptured and as a result of opening his bladder for emergency repair two days later, according to the medical malpractice claim.
The Nevada medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the defendant urologist negligently failed to evaluate the man for an extended period of time during which he had blood in his urine, the urologist negligently failed to timely perform the biopsy of the man’s bladder, and the urologist had negligently failed to timely diagnose the man’s bladder cancer, which spread as a result of the initial bladder rupture and as a result of the emergency surgical procedure two days later.
According to the plaintiff, her husband required the placement of tubes in his ureters because his bladder cancer was blocking the opening of the ureters into his bladder, after which her husband suffered infections of his kidneys that required surgical drainage. According to the plaintiff’s medical expert, the kidney infections led to the man’s death, the man’s bladder cancer should have been diagnosed earlier, and with proper care, the man would have avoided the medical complications that led to his death.
The Earlier Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Another medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on February 11, 2015 against the same Las Vegas urologist arising out of a bladder perforation that allegedly occurred in February 2014 when catheters were placed into a man’s bladder, which perforation was found during a surgical procedure a short time later (a bladder tumor was also found during the surgery). Unfortunately, the man suffered cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated; he also developed renal failure. The man was in critical condition until his death five days after the defendant urologist had allegedly perforated his bladder. The coroner later determined that the man died due to complications from the bladder perforation.
More Problems Faced By The Nevada Urologist
The Nevada urologist reportedly was convicted in federal court in September 2014 of one count of conspiracy to commit adulteration involving the re-use of disposable rectal needle guides that were labeled to be used only once. The re-used guides were used mostly on cancer patients during prostate biopsies. The urologist was sentenced to four years in prison in May 2015, which he appealed and remains free during the pendency of his appeal.
The urologist reportedly had his Nevada medical license briefly suspended in March 2011 following an investigation, and the Southern Nevada Health District mailed letters to 101 of the urologist’s patients, advising them to be tested for Hepatitis B and C, and for HIV.
According to reports, in 2005 the medical board found that the Nevada urologist had failed to use reasonable care, skill and knowledge in his treatment of a patient by performing surgery on the wrong side, and the urologist had two medical malpractice payments made on his behalf in the amount of $250,000 and $1 million, respectively, for alleged medical malpractice that occurred in 2001, involving obstructed ureter and perforated bowel as a result of improper performance of surgeries.
If you are the victim of medical negligence in Nevada, you should promptly find a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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