Urology Compensation Claims
If your kidneys fail, you are diagnosed with bladder, prostate or testicular cancer, or you suffer adverse effects from a failed vasectomy, it’s a urologist you will trust to treat and care for you.
Most of the professionals providing treatment and nursing care do so to the best of their ability, allowing patients to recover as expected. Unfortunately, there are occasions where even the most conscientious clinicians can fall short in their duty of care, leaving their patients to suffer as a result.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today if you believe you have been harmed due to urology negligence, and find out whether you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What is Urology Negligence?
A urologist specialises in treating conditions relating to the urinary tract – the bladder, kidneys, urethra and ureter, as well as the male reproductive system. Patients are often referred to a urologist by their GP when they start showing concerning symptoms. It is the urologist’s role to investigate these thoroughly to determine the cause, to assess the suitability of the different treatments, and to treat their patient to a standard that is at least consistent with others in their field, if not superior to it.
Negligence is when the standard of care received by a patient falls short of not only what is expected, but of what is acceptable. If a patient is harmed by negligent care they may be able to claim compensation for damages.. Examples of urology negligence can include:
- Surgical errors that cause incontinence, nerve damage, or impotence.
- Failed vasectomy
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, including diagnosing prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and testicular cancer.
- Errors during circumcision, such as removing too little or too much foreskin
- Perforated bladder.
- Infection due to inadequate post-surgical care
- Failing to treat kidney stones.
The Medical Negligence Experts help clients who have suffered due to clinical errors, including urology negligence. A case study features a man who experienced pain, bruising and bleeding of his penis after sex. NHS Direct advised him to see his GP the following day. The GP prescribed antibiotics, misdiagnosing his fractured penis as an infection. It was only several days later, when the man sought medical care again, that his condition was correctly diagnosed however it was too late for corrective surgery to be effective and he was left with limited use of his penis.
Another example of a successful compensation claim for urology negligence relates to a woman who was referred to a urologist for treatment of a kidney stone. Her urologist advised that it would pass naturally and sent her home. Several weeks later she went to A&E where it was found the stone was cutting off the urethral junction and causing renal colic. The woman visited her urologist nine times in the next ten months, each time suffering from a urinary tract infection.
14-months after her the diagnosis of her kidney stone she started suffering unbearable pain and went to A&E where a scan showed her kidney stone had grown and the flow to her ureter was completely blocked. She was sent home with painkillers and the instruction to see her urologist, which she did. Her consulting urologist was unable to perform the necessary surgical treatment so made a referral to another surgeon who was able to do it, but not for over a month.
While she was waiting for her surgery, the woman was admitted to hospital with systemic sepsis. She spent nearly 16-weeks in hospital and had to have part of nearly every finger and toe amputated. She successfully sued for compensation, stating her urologist had been negligent by not referring her for surgery when it was first identified the stone was blocking the ureteral junction, nearly 18 months previously. She was awarded a substantial sum in damages.
How Can We Help?
In cases of medical negligence, it is the responsibility of the claimant to prove the inadequate care caused their illness or injury, and that they have suffered unnecessarily as a result. Building a successful compensation claim can take several months so we advise clients to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Even if you are not yet sure whether you will pursue a claim for compensation, having the right advice will help you make an informed decision.
For your claim to be valid you will need to demonstrate that your urology negligence:
- That the medical professional had a duty of care towards you. They agree to this when they treat you as their patient.
- That the professional did not meet an acceptable standard of care, which can be determined by looking at the care provided by other professionals and hospitals.
- That you were injured or suffered illness due to this negligence.
- That you have suffered physical, psychological, or financial damage as the result.
Medical negligence can occur whether your treatment was provided by the NHS or you paid a private practitioner. If you have been harmed due to a medical error, The Medical Negligence Experts can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
Urology Negligence Compensation Claim FAQ
To help get you started we have listed some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from people when they first get in touch. If we haven’t answered your question, or you want more information about the process for claiming compensation and what your options are, please contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with an expert legal advisor.
Can I make a urology compensation claim?
The first step in a successful compensation case is to determine whether you have grounds for a claim. We do this by talking to you about your experience, examining your medical records and, where appropriate, consulting an independent medical expert. We will look at the four criteria outlined above to determine whether you have legal grounds to make a claim. If so, and if you decide to proceed, we will act as your advocate and represent your best interests until your claim is finalised.
How long do urology negligence claims take?
The average processing time for most medical negligence claims is between 18 months and two years. Claims can take longer to resolve if there is a dispute over liability or an appropriate amount of compensation, or if the claim needs to be submitted to the court for a resolution.
Will I have to go to court for my urology claim?
It is very unlikely that your claim will be heard in court. We certainly do everything we can to prevent this as court proceedings can extend the processing time of a claim. NHS figures show that 98% of all negligence claims raised against them are resolved out of court, and it is likely the figure is similar for claims raised against private practitioners so there is a minor chance you will have to go to court.
While our goal is to obtain maximum compensation in the shortest possible time, we will not do this at the expense of your best interests. If the other party refuses to admit responsibility even though we can prove negligence, or if they will not agree to what we believe to be a fair amount of compensation, we may recommend you submit your claim to court. This needs to be done within three years of your injury.
The defendant can make an offer to settle up until the morning of the hearing and we will continue to do what we can to secure a satisfactory out-of-court settlement until the last minute.
Is there a time limit for making a urology compensation claim?
Most clinical negligence claims are only valid if they are brought within three years of the date of the negligent act. It may be that you are not immediately aware your injury was caused by your negligent care, in which case your solicitor could argue that the three years started from this time, however, this is not always upheld so it is always better to seek expert advice as soon as possible. Even if you suffer life-changing injuries as the result of urology negligence, if that three-year statute has passed you will not be entitled to any compensation.
If the victim of urological negligence is a child at the time of their injury then they have until their 21st birthday to make a claim, or their parents can start a claim on their behalf any time up until their 18th birthday.
How much compensation will I receive?
It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of how much you can expect to be paid for your urology claim until your lawyer has researched your injury and the acts leading to it. Judicial College guidelines used in the industry to determine amounts of compensation for personal injury and clinical negligence. They are published and reviewed regularly to make sure they are still relevant. Personal factors are also considered. For example, a young man with no children who suffers impotence due to urology negligence can expect to receive more than a middle-aged man with children who experiences the same fate.
How can I fund my urology compensation claim?
Hiring a lawyer can be expensive, particularly knowing that your compensation claim could take two years to process. At The Medical Negligence Experts, we believe that everyone should be able to have top quality legal representation, which is why all our medical negligence lawyers work with No Win No Fee* agreements.
A No Win No Fee* urology claim is almost as simple as its name suggests. If you don’t win compensation, you don’t pay your lawyer’s fees. You may be instructed to pay the defendant’s legal fees, but if you don’t already have an insurance policy that covers these, we can help you arrange a No Win No Fee After the Event policy at the start of your claim.
If you win, your legal costs are paid for by the losing party and you pay us a success fee, which is an agreed percentage of your compensation. This amount, which can legally be no more than 25%, will be discussed at the start of your claim so you have all relevant facts before deciding whether you want to proceed.
Do I have to tell the other party I am claiming compensation?
You don’t have to let the other party know you intend to claim compensation if you do not want to. We do this by sending them a letter when you notify us you are ready to start the claim process. If you have also raised a complaint with the NHS, you can let them know if your intention when you deal with them but you can leave it to us if you feel at all uncomfortable.
It can take several weeks to gather the evidence required to support your claim of injury (damages) and negligence (causation). This proof will include your medical notes, a statement from you about the circumstances of your care and negligence, any relevant witness statements, and an assessment report from an independent medical expert which summarises your injury and sets out how it was caused by negligent care. Once they receive this, the defendant has four months to investigate and prepare their reply.
Not only are The Medical Negligence Experts recognised for the quality of our legal service, we are also known for the high standard of customer service we provide as well. Our clients are not “cases” but people with real lives that have been adversely affected through no fault of their own. We can help you obtain the payment you deserve, and that will help you recover and move forward.
Take the first step in your successful claim for compensation and contact the team at The Medical Negligence Experts today.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: the level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you choose us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Expert, Friendly Solicitors
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Lawyers
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.