Urology compensation claims
Urological problems – issues with the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract – account for a large amount of GP consultations. However, whilst they may be common complaints, it’s important that healthcare professionals take symptoms seriously. Some urological conditions can cause serious and lifetime damage if they are not identified or treated quickly.
If you or a loved one has suffered negligent urology treatment, then you could be entitled to compensation. At Fletchers Solicitors, we understand the pain and discomfort that can be caused by negligent care during urology procedures. Our legal advisors have over 20 years’ combined experience handling medical negligence claims and we handle every case with sensitivity and compassion.
What is a urology compensation claim?
If you experience problems with your kidneys or bladder, then you’ll likely be referred to a urologist. Urologists specialise in treating conditions relating to the urinary tract – the bladder, kidneys, urethra and ureter, as well as the male reproductive system. It’s this specialist’s role to assess and diagnose your symptoms and recommend the best treatment options. Whilst most urological conditions are diagnosed and treated successfully, sometimes mistakes can be made.
Negligence occurs in urology treatment when a patient receives substandard care that causes direct harm or suffering. This could be due to errors made during surgery that result in incontinence, impotence or nerve damage, misdiagnosis of symptoms or failure to treat infections and diseases.
If there is evidence that negligence occurred during your urology treatment and that you suffered harm as a result, then you could claim compensation. When investigating your claim, our team of dedicated lawyers will source your medical records, documents and statements on your behalf, to build a clear understanding of the treatment you received. We’ll also work with medical professionals to assess the level of care that was provided to you so that we can build you the best case. If you think you may have a claim, our specialist team can assess your case details quickly during a free telephone consultation.
Different types of urology compensation claims
Treatment for urological problems can vary greatly, from medication to surgery. Most urology surgery is elective and urological emergencies are relatively rare.
Fletchers Solicitors have represented clients who have experienced negligence during their urology treatment in a variety of circumstances, including:
- Failure to remove a ‘stent’, an internal drainage tube used for patients who have an obstruction or blockage of the kidney
- Injury to the bladder during obstetric or gynaecological surgery that is not quickly identified and treated
- Failure to diagnose testicular torsion, a urological emergency that causes severe scrotal pain
- Failure to diagnose chronic kidney injury or disease or acute kidney injury, which can in some cases result in renal failure
- Negligence that results in Acute kidney injury (AKI), such as dehydration due to poor care, unnecessary blood loss during surgery or medication error
- Surgical errors that cause incontinence, nerve damage, or impotence
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, including diagnosing prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and testicular cancer
- Infection due to inadequate post-surgical care
Urological problems can have severe and debilitating consequences for an individual if they are not treated correctly. When you are treated by a urology specialist, you trust that you will receive a certain standard of care. When that care is not delivered, it can feel like a betrayal of trust and the long term damages can leave patients feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed.
At Fletchers Solicitors, all our lawyers are medical negligence specialists, so you can rest assured your case will be handled by a skilled legal advisor. Urology claims can be complex and lead to significant compensation depending on the damage caused, so don’t suffer in silence if you think you have been mistreated. Our expert solicitors can offer advice on your case and guide you through the legal process to secure the justice you deserve.
Is there a time limit on making a urology compensation claim?
If you are an adult who is mentally capable of looking after their own affairs then Court proceedings must be issued within three years of the date of the negligent act or the date that you became aware of the medical negligence. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’. There are however special exceptions including claims for minors, claims when the client does not have mental capacity and claims when the client has passed away, sometimes as a result of the negligence. We recommend that you speak to a legal advisor as soon as you think you may have a claim, as it’s important to bring your claim within the three year period. Our legal team can advise you on the time limit for your claim, as each case is different.
If you’re unsure about the timescales of your claim or if there is any ambiguity around the details of your treatment, we recommend you speak to one of our legal advisors free of charge on 0330 013 0251.