$1 Million Settlement for Patient Injured by Failure to Identify and Repair Negligently Sutured Ureters

This case was resolved in a confidential settlement. It dealt with an injury to a 50-year-old woman who underwent a hysterectomy performed by an obstetrician. During the surgery, it was revealed that a surgical sponge was missing. The doctor then performed a cystoscopy to examine the woman’s bladder and also repaired the bladder, which had been torn during the hysterectomy.

The obstetrician failed to notice that the woman’s ureters had been sutured closed during the bladder repair. The ureter is the tube that takes urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder. There are two ureters. Each of the two ureters is attached to a kidney.

The woman suffered damage to both kidneys because of the sutured closed ureters and now suffers from frequent urinary tract infections and urinary stress incontinence.

The patient has required additional hospitalizations and has undergone extensive pelvic floor therapy for her incontinence.

The woman harmed by this medical negligence and surgical procedure sued the doctor, the obstetrician and the hospital claiming that the doctor chose not to identify and repair the sutured ureters. The lawsuit did not claim lost income.

Before the start of trial, the case was settled for $1 million. The doctor paid $900,000 and the hospital paid the balance.

The attorney representing the harmed woman was Victoria Wickman. The case was settled on the basis of confidentiality and thus the names of the parties have not been revealed.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling hospital negligence, birth trauma cases, physician negligence and medical malpractice cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including University Park, Crestwood, Crete, Steger, Rolling Meadows, Round Lake, Gurnee, Grayslake, Crystal Lake, Cary, Elgin, Aurora, Mount Prospect, Chicago (Rogers Park, Jackson Park, South Loop), Rosemont, Lincolnwood, Skokie and River Grove, Ill.

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