Urology is a field of medicine that involves examining the urinary tracts of men and women, as well as male reproductive systems. Often the urinary and reproductive tracts are close together such that when one has a disorder, it can impact the other. Organs examined by a urologist include the ureters, urinary bladders, kidneys, urethras, vas deferens, testes, seminal vesicles, prostate glands, and penises. If you believe you were harmed as a result of urologist negligence, the experienced Syracuse medical malpractice attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano can evaluate your claim.Urology Malpractice
Urologists have special skills and knowledge with regard to both the male and female urinary tracts, as well as the male reproductive system. Usually women see gynecologists for reproductive system issues. A urologist must understand internal medicine and pediatrics. Often urology involves treatment of medical issues such as urinary tract infections and other issues that include non-invasive procedures. Sometimes surgery involves the correction of congenital problems in the urinary system, and it can also include surgical treatment of cancer that involves the urinary tract or the male reproductive system. A urologist may treat prostate cancer, bladder cancer, hematuria, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction, male impotence, proteinuria, and hyperplasia.
Urologists sometimes practice in specialty areas such as pediatric oncology, urological oncology, erectile dysfunction, female urology, male infertility, and neurourology. Procedures that urologists must sometimes perform include cystoscopies, vasectomies, orchietomies, urethovesical suspensions, and more. An error in a urologist's practice can exacerbate a patient's problems or cause devastating results. Some possible errors might include surgical errors or urine analysis mistakes. False readings can result in unnecessary procedures, but other errors can result in failure to diagnose cancer or failure to decide on the proper course of treatment for cancer. Surgical errors can also cause serious harm. Sometimes internal bleeding or infections develop post-operatively, and this can also result in damage to a patient.
Many urology malpractice lawsuits are based on failure to diagnose a patient's condition appropriately or mistakes made during surgery. A failure to diagnose and treat kidney problems in time can result in serious injuries or death.
Urologists must provide professional care that meets the generally accepted standards of the medical community. Urology malpractice occurs if a health care provider fails to meet the standard of professional care such that injuries are caused by this failure to meet the applicable standard. In most cases, it is necessary to retain an experienced and credible expert to provide an opinion about what the professional standard of care was, and whether it was breached. For example, if other reasonable urologists would have ordered an ultrasound, MRI, urine flow study, and blood tests when faced with a particular set of symptoms, and your urologist failed to do those things, and as a result a urinary tract problem wasn't caught or treated resulting in injuries or a fatality, there may be a basis to sue for urology malpractice.
Other examples of urology malpractice can include failure to timely diagnose kidney cancer, failure to timely diagnose prostate cancer, failure to timely diagnose bladder cancer, failure to diagnose a urological condition, failure to timely diagnose testicular cancer, failure to properly monitor patients, surgical errors, medication mistakes, failure to order a biopsy in a timely fashion, or mistreatment of a cancer patient.
Damages you may be able to recover as a result of urology malpractice include both economic and noneconomic losses including coverage for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, therapy, replacement services, and out-of-pocket costs.Hire a Urology Malpractice Attorney in Syracuse
If you were injured as a result of urology malpractice in Syracuse, you should hire an experienced attorney. It is important to hire a lawyer that really understands the tactics that doctors and their insurers may use to try to avoid paying any damages. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano represents injured patients in Syracuse, Rochester, Auburn, Elmira, Binghamton, Norwich, Delhi, Cortland, Herkimer, Watertown, Oneida, Wampsville, Utica, Canandaigua, Oswego, Cooperstown, Ithaca, and Lyons. Call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us via our online form.