Thousands and thousands of people undergo surgical procedures everyday in Delaware and across the United States. Although surgery is relatively safe these days, surgical errors still happen at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, patients and families have to suffer the consequences of mistakes during surgery. In a lawsuit filed in another state, a man allegedly underwent prostate cancer surgery when he didn’t even need surgery in the first place.
According to the lawsuit, the man was mistakenly told that he had prostate cancer and needed surgery. On the recommendation of his medical providers, the lawsuit said the man underwent a surgical procedure to have his prostate gland removed. After his surgery, it was discovered that the man didn’t have cancer at all. Allegedly, pathologists mixed the plaintiff’s tissue samples with samples from another man who had prostate cancer, which led to the plaintiff being incorrectly diagnosed.
The man claimed the surgery left him with nerve damage, impotence and incontinence. The man claims he has had his manhood taken away from him and has been humiliated by the experience. Reportedly, a jury sided with the plaintiff and awarded him over $12 million in damages.
Unfortunately, no surgery is completely safe. Any deviation from the accepted standard of care can be absolutely catastrophic for patients and families. Those in Delaware who have suffered injuries or loss as the result of surgical errors could benefit by seeking the services of an experienced attorney. A successfully litigated claim could provide substantial and much-needed compensation to help families recover any financial losses that may have occurred due to such a tragic experience.