A Florida man was admitted to a hospital in 2007 for testing and possible treatment for a suspected heart condition. The physician ordered a urinary catheter insertion with a catheter of a certain size; however, a different size catheter was used and when a blockage in the urethra was encountered, the catheter was forced forward. There was no return of urine after the insertion and the physician was notified of this finding. The forceful insertion of the catheter caused a penetrating injury through the wall of the urethra that led to massive bleeding into the peritoneal cavity and ultimately death due to the hemorrhage.
In the lawsuit that followed, the physician was accused of not timely responding to the information that there was no urine returned after catheterization.
The physician claimed that he was informed about the non-return of urine but denied any negligence on his part for the hemorrhage and subsequent death. A defense verdict was returned. Continue to next page for further cases.