A Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania jury awarded $870,000 to a man whose urologist removed the wrong testicle. The man, fifty-four year old Steven Haines, had complained about testicular pain in one of the testicles for fifteen years and decided to proceed with removal surgery to alleviate the pain.
His urologist, Dr. V. Spencer Long, performed the surgery, but removed the perfectly healthy testicle and failed to removed the problematic one.
Haines medical malpractice recovery includes $250,000 in punitive damages plus $630,000 in pain and suffering. Haines' attorney suggested that even though his client deals with continued constant pain his client has not proceeded with removal of the remaining testicle because he faces a debilitating fear of the surgery. Additionally, according to his attorney, if Haines loses the remaining testicle he faces a lifetime of testosterone treatment.