Failure To Confirm Passage Of Kidney Stone Post-Lithotripsy procedure
Physician failed to detect kidney stone was still present resulting in loss of one kidney
Nassau County, NY
This medical malpractice action involved a plaintiff in her mid-60s who had a lithotripsy procedure for a kidney stone. Following the procedure performed by the defendant urologist, the plaintiff was given a strainer to catch the passing of any stones. She presented to the defendant with grains of a stone that did not equal the size of the stone present on the CT scan prior to the procedure. Plaintiff alleged that her urologist failed to take any measures to ensure that the stone had been passed and that the kidney was not still blocked and that those failures resulted in her kidney needing to be removed entirely. Prior to trial, the case settled for $595,000.