Vasectomies are routine surgeries that are generally completed without complications. Thus, if issues arise after a procedure, it could be due to medical malpractice. A plaintiff alleging a negligently performed vasectomy caused him to suffer harm must generally obtain an expert to testify that the defendant departed from the accepted standard of care. Only certain people can offer expert testimony, though, and opinions offered by ill-equipped individuals are likely to be disregarded. In a recent New York opinion in a case arising out of an improperly performed vasectomy, the court discussed expert qualifications. If you were hurt because of a careless urologist, it is in your best interest to consult a capable Rochester urology malpractice attorney to discuss your possible claims.
The Plaintiff’s Harm
Allegedly, the plaintiff underwent two vasectomy procedures, which were performed by the defendant. Following the procedures, the plaintiff suffered a variety of injuries, such as severe and chronic pain in his testicles. As such, he filed a lawsuit against the defendant, seeking damages for medical malpractice. The defendant moved for summary judgment, but the trial court denied his motion. He appealed the trial court ruling, which was affirmed on appeal.
Qualifications to Testify as an Expert
On appeal, the defendant argued, in part, that the plaintiff’s expert did not set forth an adequate basis for his or her qualifications. Although the plaintiff’s expert was anonymous, the court noted that the report stated that the expert was a doctor licensed to practice in the United States, was a former Chief of Urology, had board certification in urology, and was a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Continue reading