Most residents in New Haven, Connecticut, have probably undergone some sort of medical treatment at some point in their lives. The entire process of consulting with a doctor, understanding any procedures that need to be performed, and completing the recovery is generally filled with a sense of anxiety. This is usually overcome by the belief that the doctor or other medical expert has the necessary skills to carry out the task effectively and without complications.
However, in a recent case in another state, a patient and his doctor are disputing the results from a surgical procedure and its outcome. In the incident, the man, a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama, went in to get circumcised. However, he subsequently claims the procedure resulted in his genitals being partially amputated. The man also contends that the doctors attending to him did not elaborate why an amputation may have been required.
The incident is now the subject of a recent lawsuit filed by the man, and he alleges that the amputation was a result of either medical negligence or recklessness by the doctors who failed to respond adequately to a surgical complication. The doctors, as well as the hospital, have responded by saying that the claims have no merit. It is now up to a court to find if the man has genuinely suffered from a surgical error.
In the event the doctors are found to be at fault, the hospital may be held liable for any compensation. This man will have to establish, through independent medical opinion, that this is indeed a case of medical malpractice. If it can also be proved that the doctors acted deliberately, they may also face significant penalties.
Source: Eyewitness New 3, “Lawsuit: Princeton BMC doctors amputated part of man’s genitals without prior warning,” Jonathan Hardison, July 24, 2014