Marseille : he looses his 2 testicles and affects 200 000 euros. The price for the error

Health 25 January, 2018


Published the 25.01.2018 at 15h42
Update the 25.01.2018 at 19h34


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The court of appeal of Aix-en-Provence has sentenced on January 11, a doctor $ 192 920 euros to one of his patients which is a suite of diagnostic errors had led to the removal of his testicles.
He had consulted the first time to the emergency department of the hospital Laveran December 7, 2009 for violent pains of the testes, and had been sent home. Consultant the next day to the persistence of pain in the medical home neighbor, an ultrasound, nothing was revealed.
Finally, hospitalized on February 19, 2009, the man had to be neutered for a torsion of the testes resulting in necrosis of the testes and loss of their function.

Torsion of the testicle occurs without reason

The testis is suspended in scholarships to a pedicle, which passes the canal efferent through which passes the sperm and the blood vessels feeding. Torsion of the testis can occur suddenly without a triggering factor particular. The arteries that bring oxygenated blood are then compressed, and the testicle is in ischemia and necrosis. The testis produces sperm and male hormones.
The conclusion of this case comes the same week that a woman attacked the gynaecologist, who has “forgotten” the five sponges and a glove in her vagina, after surgical removal of the uterus. The stories of a finger, arm or leg, removed by error, are also of great classic stories of medical errors.

The example of the United States

“You are certain that your physician has not made a medical error ? Let’s tackle the whole… You don’t know why ? He knows. “
This nasty joke macho 90 has been hijacked by a firm of lawyers in the southern States of the Usa.
These lawyers are only paid if successful. A third party that wins the patient. What that represents are extremely important and remains – for the moment – now banned in France.
This system is not without consequences, since anyone can begin in a trial, the mocking of the cost thereof, if the lawyer agrees to play the game. And they are many, since what works for one medical fact is easy to replicate to infinity… It is this system that justifies the recruitment advertising by those the profession are called ” ambulance chasers “, the hunters of the ambulance. Nice nickname.

But doctors make a lot of mistakes

In England, the British Medical Journal has considered, in 2016, on the estimation of errors due to physicians. A figure not easy to obtain, but the conclusion is that approximately 200 000 patients décèderaient of the medical causes that are preventable. These figures take into account the thousands of deaths due to infections caught in the hospital, and where the fault is probably on a collective basis (too many antibiotics are prescribed and consumed, by humans and animals, hygiene poor, etc.).
In France, we don’t have official figures. The one who runs to doctors is 20 to 30 000 deaths. But the errors non-fatal, such as those that come from the media, are not properly listed at the national level.
The complaint must, however, be numerous enough for that, a quick tour on the Internet you will show, some firms are now publishing paid advertisements on the web.

It must be said that some recent lawsuits, and famous make you feel dizzy, by the amount of money obtained.
It is not for us to judge, but if both testicles are worth 100 000 euros a piece, one can only imagine the price of an arm or a leg, error to the side by the surgeon at the time of his leg amputated, what may seem incredible, but unfortunately product.