Man Sues Doctor for Amputating His Penis in What Was Supposed to be a Routine Circumcision, New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Comments

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For New York medical malpractice lawyers, a medical malpractice lawsuit in Kentucky raises a serious question: Can a doctor decide to remove an organ or limb if he/she feels it will save a patient's life?

New York medical malpractice lawyer David Perecman comments on the medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor who amputated a man's penis during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision to relieve inflammation.

According to the New York Daily News, Phillip Seaton and his wife Deborah are suing his doctor for the amputation.

In the medical malpractice lawsuit, Seaton claims that Dr. John Patterson of Louisville did not consult him before removing his penis. He also says he never authorized the amputation, nor was he given a chance to seek a second opinion.

An attorney defending the doctor against the allegations of medical malpractice said Patterson had to remove Seaton's penis after discovering cancer during the surgery.

The medical malpractice lawsuit contends that even if the doctor did find cancer during the procedure, it was a non-emergency situation. Seaton could have been given a chance to consider other options.

As New York medical malpractice lawyer Perecman understands, informed consent is a central issue in this medical malpractice lawsuit.

“The law protects a patient’s right to make his or her own medical decisions,” said New York medical malpractice lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s medical malpractice law firms. “The law also extends to the right of every patient to be informed of the consequences, risks and alternatives of any surgery or procedure.”

Jurors on this medical malpractice case are being asked to decide if Patterson's decision was "a necessary part of the surgery" and if the doctor "had no reasonable option" other than removing the cancer and the penis.

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