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Testicular torsion compensation claim against a doctor

Case study of a testicular torsion compensation claim against a doctor for misdiagnosis  

Medical accident lawyer, Oliver Thorne, was instructed by the parents of a young boy following an operation to remove his left testicle, known as an orchidectomy.

Early one the morning the boy awoke with pain in his scrotal region. He alerted his parents who examined him and discovered that his left testicle appeared to be swollen. The mother gave him paracetamol and tried to settle him. An appointment was made for the boy to see his doctor later that afternoon.

The GP's computerised note of the consultation states that the boy's mother was advised that he was likely to have an epididymal cyst and she was given an information sheet printed directly from patient.co.uk. Doxycycline was prescribed and the family were advised to contact the out of hours servivce if the pain became worse. 

The boy was taken back to see a different GP a few days later due to an increase in pain and swelling and was subsequently sent straight to A&E. The claimant underwent an USS on arrival and subsequent surgery when an orchidectomy was performed.

We were appointed to pursue a testicular torsion compensation claim for misdiagnosis of the testicular torsion. We agreed to deal with the case on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Supportive expert evidence was obtained which identified that the boy had been suffering from testicular torsion at the time of the initial appointment with his doctor. The expert indicated that the appropriate course of action would have been for the doctor to refer the boy to the local surgical team who would have corrected the testicular torsion.

Although the doctor denied that a medical accident had occurred a compensation settlement was eventally agreed. Due to the claimant being a minor the award required court approval. His testicular torsion compensation claim therefore went before a judge who duly approved the settlement in January 2018, allowing the case to be finalised.

If you require guidance on making a testicular torsion compensation claim then please contact us on freephone 0800 975 8091 or email us at info@medicalaccidentlawyers.co.uk

 

 

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