Almost 40 men & boys lose testicles due to NHS negligence

25th February 2014 Clinical Negligence

Over the last two years 38 men have received compensation from the NHS after negligent medical care meant they suffered the loss of one or both testicles according to the Daily Mail last week.

The reasons behind the successful claims vary from a delay in diagnosing an infection or tumour, to cases where the wrong testicle was removed in surgical error.

Claims are commonly brought for failure to diagnose and treat testicular torsion where the cords inside the groin become twisted and cut off the blood supply. This issue tends to be more prevalent amongst young men and boys with 65 per cent of cases occurring in patients aged 12 to 18. Symptoms include swelling, sudden severe pain in one testicle and lower abdominal pain often during or shortly after physical activity. It is estimated that there were around 2,500 admissions to hospital with testicular torsion in England in 2011-2012.

In these cases it is important that the patient attends hospital immediately as if not treated appropriately it can lead to the amputation of the testicle and have a serious impact on the patient's fertility. Other common side effects of incorrect treatment are sexual dysfunction, depression and other psychiatric injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The medical negligence team at JMW are currently dealing with several cases relating to the loss or damage to one or both testicles. We understand that these matters are extremely difficult to talk about and will do our best to ensure that you feel you can speak as openly and honestly about your injuries as possible. There are always male solicitors within the department who are able to advise should you prefer.

If you or someone you know has concerns about treatment received in any hospital, either on the NHS or on a private basis and you would like to investigate a claim for clinical negligence please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 0147482 to discuss this free of charge.

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Eddie Jones is a Partner and Head of Department located in Manchesterin our Clinical Negligence department

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