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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Legal Action After a Botched Circumcision

Can I sue for damages over a botched circumcision?


While some may call it the unkindest of cuts, countless parents in America opt to have their baby boys circumcised before leaving the hospital while still others of the Jewish faith have the procedure done in a religious ceremony after the infant is discharged. But despite being considered routine by many, the procedure is not without risk. And when the delicate procedure goes wrong, it can go horribly wrong and lead to a personal injury lawsuit.

The story alleged in one such New York medical malpractice claim could make squeamish readers weak in the knees. According to the victim’s mother, the doctor who circumcised her infant in the hospital allegedly “negligently” caused her son’s penis to be “partially amputated and then thrown away”. She claims the alleged partial amputation error was compounded further by the doctor then tossing the amputated tissue into a biohazard bin —a move rendering it contaminated and therefore unable to be immediately surgically re-attached by a pediatric urologist.

Not only will the infant reportedly need multiple reconstructive surgeries in the future, but he “will suffer permanent and embarrassing disfiguring injuries” according to the lawsuit. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the same doctor was sued in 2016 after he allegedly botched a prior circumcision.

In order for a victim to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, they must prove the defendant acted in a negligent, reckless, or intentional manner and that their injuries were a result those actions.

A medical malpractice case focuses on whether the accused doctor, hospital or other medical personnel deviated from the accepted standards of medical care and whether the harm that the victim suffered as a result of that deviation.

Once liability is proven, compensatory damages for the victim’s physical and/or psychological pain, current, and future medical expenses, lost income (if applicable), and other losses may be considered in determining appropriate restitution.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice or in any other kind of accident, the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State, as well as those injured while visiting New York.

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