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Jury awards man $870K for wrong-site surgery

Arizona patients may be interested to learn that, on June 14, a Pennsylvania man was awarded $870,000 after a surgeon removed the wrong testicle. The man had been scheduled to remove a testicle that had atrophied and was causing the man serious pain.

The man went to visit his surgeon in 2013 after having lived with pain in the testicle for 15 years. During the procedure, however, the surgeon removed the healthy testicle. The surgeon reportedly said that he had removed the testicle that was on the right side of the body but argued that the testicle had a spermatic cord that led to the other side. The man's attorney essentially said that the doctor stated that the testicles had switched sides at some point.

The jury found that the surgeon was "recklessly indifferent" to the mistake. As such, they awarded the man $620,000 for pain and suffering and an additional $250,000 for punitive damages. The surgeon reportedly no longer works at the hospital. The man will reportedly need to be put on testosterone for the remainder of his life if he has the atrophied testicle removed.

According to a 2006 study, the estimated rate of wrong-site surgeries is 1 in 112,994 cases. When it comes to organ removal, some patients learn that their healthy kidneys, testicles and other body parts are removed instead of their unhealthy ones, leading to serious complication that could include the need for life-long treatment or even a worsened medical condition. A medical malpractice attorney may assess the case to determine if the patient has the grounds to file a lawsuit. If so, the attorney may negotiate with the practitioner or facility or take the case to trial.

Source: CBS News, "Man awarded $870K after doctors remove wrong testicle", June 19, 2017

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