What is a ureteral injury?

Ureteral injuries are severe consequences of pelvic or abdominal surgical errors and may result in infections, loss of kidney function, fistulas, and possibly even death. Although there may be other causes of a ureteral injury, such as blunt injuries or stab or gunshot wound, the harm is often done after complications arise from various abdominal or pelvic surgeries, such as removal of the uterus, removal of the colon (colectomy), repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or even a cesarean section.

Ureteral injury is a form of medical malpractice that needs a sensitive, thoughtful, and experienced attorney to handle. A difficult injury for any man or woman to be facing, ureteral injury can occur at the hands of negligent surgeons and other medical staff who must be held accountable for their actions.

Common Ureteral Injury Case Types

Ureteral, or urethral, injury is damage caused by trauma to either one or both of the ureters – the ducts that pass urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The top part of the ureter sits in the abdomen while the bottom part is in the pelvic area. Ureteral injury is the most common injury resulting from gynecological surgery, whether that be a cesarean section, hysterectomy, or other gynecological procedure/surgery. Ureteral injuries are complicated, serious, and can leave women feeling physically and emotionally distraught. In severe cases, ureteral injury can cause fistulas, loss of kidney function, and even morbidity. It is also important to note, however, that a ureteral injury can also occur in a male.

Procedures that May Lead to Ureteral Injury

  • Hysterectomy – operation to remove a woman’s uterus
  • Vaginal surgery
  • Urologic surgery – operations on the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs
  • Cesarean section – operation to deliver a child
  • Colorectal surgery – operations dealing with the rectum, anus and colon
  • Vascular surgery – operations concerning arteries and veins

Symptoms of ureteral injury

  • Leaking bladder
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Inability to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Swelling and bruising in the genitals

Help with Ureteral Injury Cases

As dedicated medical malpractice lawyers, the attorneys at Brown & Brothers focus their time on bringing negligent medical professionals to justice for the pain and suffering they have caused.

Medical malpractice is full of complex legal elements that as a law firm we must ensure victims understand. We are specialists in this field, having dedicated our skills and expertise to representing victims of medical malpractice throughout our legal careers.

The consequences of living with a medical error can leave victims and their families in dire financial, physical, and emotional circumstances. If you know someone who has been injured or died at the hands of a medical professional, or if you have been injured yourself, then you need unwavering, compassionate, and professional advice from a team like Brown & Brothers.

The attorneys at Brown & Brothers are dedicated to finding victims of medical malpractice across Texas and nationwide. The team is available to discuss your case with you in detail to understand what happened and who is to blame. We offer you the chance to discuss your case during a free initial case consultation. This is where a professional and well-respected member of the team will discuss your potential case before offering you guidance and honest advice about whether we can properly handle your potential ureteral injury medical malpractice case.

If you have experienced a ureteral injury following a surgery done by a medical professional, it is important to discuss your legal rights with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. You may be eligible for compensation including medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses, and mental anguish. Contact Brown & Brothers today to discuss your potential claim. You can reach us at 1-800-600-4210.

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