$870K awarded to man whose doctor removed the wrong testicle

  • $870K awarded to man whose doctor removed the wrong testicle

$870K awarded to man whose doctor removed the wrong testicle

Dr. Long performed surgery to remove the testicle at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania - but instead of removing the right testicle, Dr.

The lawsuit was filed by Steven Haines, a 54 year-old man who saw Dr. V. Spencer Long regarding pain in his right testicle for 15 years.

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. Long was said to have exhibited reckless indifference toward Hanes when he removed the testicle without confirming whether or not it was the right one.

Lepisto said that the case was very clear since Dr.

"The doctor gave an explanation that really made no anatomical or medical sense", Lepisto said.

Steven Hanes was awarded $870,000 in damages after a doctor removed the wrong testicle, PennLive reports.

Long declined to comment Friday.

Of course, operating on the wrong side of the body, while not common, is far from unheard of in the medical community.

Still, it does happen.

The botched operation, according to Hanes, was tantamount to reckless behavior on Long's part, as he wasn't able to properly identify the damaged testicle, and ended up removing the wrong one.

Court literature also alleges that Long's post-operative report had detailed what went down in the operation in a matter-of-fact way, stating that the left testicle and cord "may actually have been removed instead of the right one". "There was just no evidence that those structures had been compromised".

Hanes' lawyer says his client has more frequent pain in his right testicle, and that he lives in "debilitating fear" of having more surgery. Even if Hanes does have the remaining testicle removed, he would then need lifelong testosterone replacement therapy, he added. Long's suggestion, wasn't extremely necessary as he later found out there were less invasive treatments.