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Wrong Testicle Removed During Surgery Leads to Medical Negligence Lawsuit

In 2013 a Pennsylvania man went to see a urologist, citing complaints of pain in his right testicle. An ultrasound revealed that the testicle was damaged; surgical removal was recommended.

The patient was booked for surgery, an orchiectomy, to remove the scarred and damaged testicle, to alleviate the pain. The operation went well. However, the surgeon removed the wrong testicle. The mistake left the man with his painful testicle and a fear of seeking further medical assistance. He filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and surgeon. Four years later, a jury handed down an award of $870,000 that included $250,000 in punitive damages.

During the trial, when asked about the surgical error, the doctor claimed that the testicles had switched sides at some point, an explanation the jury did not accept. There was no clear reason offered why the mistake happened. The doctor was removed from his position at the hospital.

While operations on the wrong body part are relatively rare, wrong-side, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors, are mistakes that never should happen. They also point out serious safety problems.

Coping with this type of life changing event and trying to handle the medical bills while pursuing a lawsuit can be highly stressful. The time gap between filing a lawsuit and an equitable resolution means the plaintiff needs to pay their usual daily expenses and their medical bills while they wait. When faced with overwhelming medical bills, the best solution may be to apply for a “lawsuit loan.”

Litigation funding helps cash strapped plaintiffs to pay usual daily living expenses and extra bills that have arisen due to an injury. Also referred to as pre-settlement funding, the lawsuit cash advance is given to a qualified plaintiff in advance of the potential settlement of their lawsuit. The most important factor in approving a “lawsuit loan” is the strength of the plaintiff’s case.

Once you have hired an attorney, you may apply for pre-settlement funding. Once your case is approved the funding is sent by the quickest method possible within 24-48 hours. You pay only if you win your case. If you do not win, the cash advance is waived.

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