Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 19 Feb 2013:
Now, personal injury solicitors get a bit of a bad reputation, but they put up with a lot – like the legal team for these men that lost the wrong testicle!
I’m not a surgeon, but I do know my left from my right. However, doctors working for the National Health Service seem to have a massive problem here, considering that more than £1 million in personal injury compensation has been made over the past four years to men who have gone under the knife, only to realise upon coming out of surgery that the idiots in charge took the wrong testicle!
Can you imagine the rage and shame you would feel after finding out that not only do you need to have one of your testicles removed for medical reasons but that your ‘trusted’ surgeon completely bungled it? I can’t even begin to think about what the aggrieved patient would tell to a medical negligence lawyer.
To make matters worse, the data released by the NHS Litigation Authority detailed how many incidents have occurred over the past four years. Brace yourself, blokes, because you’re probably going to wince at this figure: there were fifty six claims of either men being told they needed testicular surgery only to discover afterwards that it was unnecessary or that they had a need to remove one testicle only to have the wrong one surgically removed – that’s a lot of testicles!
Apparently the average price of one lost or misplaced testicle is around £20,000, as that was the average compensation payout made to the unfortunate men who had to suffer through the indignity. However, in cases of men who were left without the ability to have children were given much more, with instances of as much as £70,000 handed over for the supreme affront to masculinity.
It’s absolutely mind-boggling that mistakes such as these could not only be made but happen so many times in just the past four years, doesn’t it? Not only that, but £20,000 for a lost testicle seems to be (ahem) a low-ball figure. I swear if something like this happened to me I don’t think I’d settle for just few thousand quid in compensation!
I can’t even begin to think of another news story to review this week, not in the wake of this awful, cringe-worthy news.