Lack of informed consent for surgery resulted in neurogenic bladder requiring selfcatheterization.
A woman who went into the hospital for neck surgery was not given the proper informed consent for potential neurogenic bladder. She underwent the neck surgery and ended up with a neurogenic bladder which necessitated self-catheterization. The case was tried on informed consent only, with our legal representation arguing that the defendant, a neurosurgeon, failed to advise the plaintiff of a one percent risk of a neurogenic bladder from the surgery. The case was challenging to win due to other more significant risk factors including death; however, our counsel convinced the jury that the defendant failed to properly advise of the neurogenic bladder risk. The jury awarded $1.4 million to the victim and $400,000 for her husband’s per quod claim. (Attorney Scott Parsons handled the case.)