What is the role of a urology expert witness? Urologists are M.D.s who complete a five-year postgraduate residency in urology. After passing their board examination, they are certified by the American Board of Urology. Urology expert witnesses provide informed and unbiased reports and testimony in cases alleging medical negligence. Allegations may include failure to diagnose and/or treat various urological conditions.
Healthline.com explains that the “urinary tract is the system that creates, stores, and removes urine from the body. Urologists can treat any part of this system. This includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, and adrenal glands.” Errors in urology surgery may lead to incontinence, sexual dysfunction, sterility or death. Errors in postsurgical care can result in internal bleeding, serious infections, and necrosis.
UrologyTimes.com reports on a case in which a patient brought a malpractice suit against his treating urologist. The patient alleged that the urologist failed to diagnose a ureteropelvic junction obstruction. By the time a second urologist ordered a kidney function study that confirmed the blockage, the patient had lost 90% of the function of his left kidney. In court, the plaintiff’s medical expert witness opined that the patient’s left kidney demonstrated probable impairment at the time of the first and second exams by the urologist defendant.
The defense argued that the urologist was not informed of the patient’s care following the second appointment, and therefore, the urologist was absolved of the responsibility to monitor the patient’s kidney issues. However, the plaintiff’s expert witness testimony convinced the jury that the urologist’s negligence was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s loss of kidney function.
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