There is little doubt that most surgeries have risks. However, the risks are usually explained in great detail to you beforehand. Some people may choose not to have a surgery because of the risks, but there are some surgeries that are considered “routine.” A circumcision is one of the surgeries.
This case did not occur in Connecticut. However, it demonstrates why the risks of surgery must be discussed with the patient beforehand.
According to a lawsuit filed in Alabama, a man underwent surgery in order to be circumcised. When he came out of surgery, though, the man and his wife say that part of his penis was amputated. The lawsuit names several defendants, including two doctors. The man says that when he discovered what had happened, the doctors did not give him an explanation for what they did.
The lawsuit states that the doctors were either negligent or had a wanton disregard for the patient during the surgery. The damages sought by the patient and his wife are not specified.
The defendants in the case say that there is no merit in the case and that it is an “unfair attempt to damage the reputations of dedicated physicians and their outstanding clinics with sensational but untrue claims.”
Medical malpractice claims are not always so unique. However, that does not mean that your case is any less important. Compensation for medical malpractice can help cover future medical expenses, lost wages and non-economic damages. Family members who have lost a loved one because of a medical error such as a failure to diagnose may be able to hold the people or entities responsible through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: Eyewitness 3 News, “Lawsuit: Princeton BMC doctors amputated part of man’s genitals without prior warning” Jonathan Hardison, Jul. 24, 2014