Man Wins Suit For Surgery That Removed The Wrong Testicle

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 19, 2017

A Pennsylvania man who had the wrong testicle removed during surgery has been awarded $870,000 in damages by a jury.

In 2013, 54-year-old Steven Hanes went to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital for surgery to remove a testicle that was giving him chronic pain. However, when he performed the surgery, Dr. Haines removed the wrong, healthy testicle.

A jury of 11 women and one man deliberated for 80 minutes before announcing that they sided with Hanes, awarding him $870,000 for future and past pain and suffering and punitive measures against Long.

The latter part of that award is a result of the jury finding the surgeon, Dr. Valley Spencer Long, "recklessly indifferent" in his treatment of Hanes, Fox 43 writes. Long is the first verdict regarding medical malpractice in the west of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania in the last 25 years. Long. He wanted to relieve the pain. Long recommended removing the testicle, while Hanes later claimed there were other treatment options available that were less invasive. Hanes said that Long was reckless because he did not properly identify the testicle that was meant to be removed. Image credit: AP / " Steve had the right testicle pain for 15 years before he went to see Dr. As a result, Long's post-operative report led Hanes attorney to believe that Long might not have any idea that Long had removed the wrong testicle.

The lawyer represnting Haines said his client remains in pain and has a "debilitating fear" of going for surgery after the medical malpractice he had suffered.

If Haines does have his problem right testicle removed, he will have to undergo testosterone replacement therapy for the rest of his life. Aside from this, Lepisto was quoted by PennLive as saying that his firm is investigating a medical malpractice case, where a patient had died while allegedly being under Long's care.

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