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Analysis of closed medical litigation in urology

Authors
 Su Hwan Shin  ;  So Yoon Kim  ;  Seung Gyeong Jang  ;  Won Lee 
Citation
 Investigative and Clinical Urology, Vol.58(5) : 317-323, 2017 
Journal Title
 Investigative and Clinical Urology 
ISSN
 2466-0493 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Adolescent ; Adult ; Aged ; Child ; Child, Preschool ; Compensation and Redress ; Databases, Factual ; Female ; Humans ; Infant ; Liability, Legal* ; Male ; Malpractice/legislation & jurisprudence* ; Malpractice/statistics & numerical data ; Middle Aged ; Penis/surgery ; Republic of Korea ; Urologic Diseases/surgery ; Urologic Surgical Procedures/adverse effects* ; Urologic Surgical Procedures/legislation & jurisprudence* ; Urologic Surgical Procedures/methods ; Young Adult
Keywords
Jurisprudence ; Legal liability ; Malpractice ; Urology
Abstract
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to provide a descriptive understanding of the characteristics of malpractice litigation related to urology by examining court cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 6,074 court cases related to medical malpractice litigation filed between 2005 and 2010 were received from the Lower Courts, the Appellate Courts, and the Supreme Court of Korea. Of the received cases, 34 urology-related civil proceedings were analyzed. The following information was compiled and investigated from the cases: background, age and sex of patient, categorization of the defendant, opinion of the court, amount claimed and awarded in damages, type of medical treatment involved, and negative effects resulting from the medical accident. RESULTS: The average amount in damages paid out to plaintiffs in this research was 27,186,504±32,371,008 Korean won (KRW) (range, 1,000,000-100,000,000 KRW). A total of 9 of the 34 analyzed cases (26.5%) ruled in favor of the plaintiff, with all 9 cases involving a surgery. An analysis of the surgery sites further revealed that the penis was the most frequently litigated over site of surgery, making up 14 of the 35 sites (40.0%). CONCLUSIONS: Information regarding urology malpractice lawsuits should be made available to help prevent further disputes and litigation. Continuous efforts must be expended in the prevention of accidents and disputes, alongside research into urology-related cases beyond 2010. Extensive cause analysis and recurrence prevention methods must also be researched to enhance overall patient safety.
DOI
10.4111/icu.2017.58.5.317
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Medical Law and Bioethics (의료법윤리학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, So Yoon(김소윤) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7015-357X
Lee, Won(이원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6948-6948
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/160729
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