If you or a loved one has recently undergone a hysterectomy procedure, and suffered the unfortunate consequence of having the ureter cut during surgery, you may be wondering if you should file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
A cut to the ureter during a hysterectomy can cause persistent and serious complications such as uncontrollable leaking of urine, infections and even loss of kidney function. Our expert team of personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers can review the facts and determine if you have a strong enough case to move forward with a lawsuit.
Signs Your Ureter Has Been Cut During a Hysterectomy
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below following your hysterectomy surgery, it may be a sign that your ureter was cut during the procedure. If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately for treatment and confirmation of a severed ureter.
- Blood in urine
- Abdominal pain
- Severe flank and back pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Decreased urine output or inability to urinate
- Leaking bladder
Do I Have a Case if My Ureter was Damaged During My Hysterectomy?
If your ureter was cut or damaged during your hysterectomy procedure you may have a case only if the injury was a direct result of medical malpractice. An undesired result during surgery is not always considered negligent, as unfortunately, complications can sometimes not be avoided. Your lawyers will have to be able to prove medical malpractice to move forward with your lawsuit.
Determining Medical Malpractice
In order to move forward with a lawsuit if your ureter has been cut during a hysterectomy, your lawyer will need to assess whether or not medical malpractice has occurred. Your case can be considered malpractice if the injury to your ureter occurred due to your surgeon’s failure to follow accepted practices during your hysterectomy.
To determine if your case constitutes malpractice our medical malpractice attorneys will consult with top medical experts in the field who will review the facts of your case and give their objective expert opinions.
Negligence During a Hysterectomy
In the case of a ureter cut during a hysterectomy, you may be able to bring a lawsuit if medical experts determine your surgeon was negligent in adhering to accepted practices during your surgery. Your surgeon could be considered negligent if one of the following occurred during your hysterectomy.
- Failure to properly safeguard the ureter during the procedure
- Failure to run tests following the procedure to determine if the ureter has been severed
- Neglecting to document that the ureters were identified and protected in the operative report
- Failure to consult with a urologist during the hysterectomy if ureters are difficult to locate
- Failure to properly use stents to mark the ureters during surgery
Consult Moraitakis & Kushel About a Medical Malpractice Case
If you have experienced an injury to your ureter that occurred during a hysterectomy procedure, contact Moraitakis & Kushel for a free initial consultation as soon as possible. Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, therefore after carefully reviewing the facts of your case, our firm will accept you as a client only if we believe there is a strong chance of success. Call today at (404) 445-1411 or complete our online contact form.