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Removal of the wrong testicle results in malpractice suit

You've probably seen it happen in movies or in television shows. A doctor in surgery realizes, too late, that they've removed the wrong limb. Often, this scenario is used for cheap, physical jokes. It isn't funny at all when it happens in real life. When you have a serious medical issue, you entrust your life and your future to the doctors who provide your medical care.

While mistakes do happen, you trust and believe that the doctor and the hospital have all kinds of redundant checks in place to avoid a serious mistake, like the removal of the wrong limb or organ during surgery.

While it may seem like an impossible scenario, with all the technology and personnel involved in a serious surgery, sometimes mistakes like that do happen in real life. A recent court case out of Pennsylvania is a perfect example of how a doctor's small mistake can result in substantial medical and emotional damage to the patient under his or her care. The doctor in this case failed to remove the correct testicle during surgery, removing the healthy one instead. This mistake will have a lifelong impact on the patient and his quality of life.

When mistakes happen, patients suffer

The Pennsylvania case goes back to 2013. A man reported having had years of chronic pain in his right testicle to his doctor. Tests showed it was half the size of his healthy left testicle. The man opted to have the problematic testicle removed and retain the healthy one. Unfortunately, during surgery, the doctor did the opposite. The patient now has to deal with chronic pain unless he has his remaining testicle removed. Doing so would require that he go on hormone therapy for the rest of his life. The patient filed a malpractice suit, which was finally decided by jury in June, 2017.

The jury found the doctor liable and awarded the patient $620,000 for pain and suffering and $250,000 in punitive damages, for a total compensation amount of $870,000. While that amount will help ensure the patient has access to care, it can't undo the damage caused by the surgical mistake. Removing the wrong body part is only one of a host of common surgical mistakes. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries due to a surgical mistake, you should speak with a medical malpractice attorney.

Get the compensation you need

You may feel frightened and alone after a medical malpractice issue. You may feel powerless against a corporate hospital and a well-known doctor. Working with an experienced Ohio medical malpractice attorney can help you explore your options, including a medical malpractice claim or even a civil lawsuit. If you've been hurt by a doctor's mistake, you deserve compensation.

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