Man gets $2.3 million award after penis amputated
By Associated Press, 2/04/00
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A federal jury awarded more than $2.3 million in damages to a man who said his penis and left testicle were removed without his consent during surgery for an infection.
The jury on Thursday also awarded $250,000 to the man's wife.
Defense attorneys argued that the amputation was medically necessary. They did not return messages seeking comment on the verdict.
William Rogers' lawsuit says he was admitted to T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow three times in 1997 for treatment of an infected cyst in one of his legs. The infection later spread to his groin and he underwent surgery to remove the cyst and other infected areas.
Rogers, 54, said he never was told that amputation was a possibility during surgery.
He sued the hospital and physicians Gilman Peterson and Milton Slocum.
Jurors awarded $1.9 million to Rogers for pain and suffering and $449,832 for past and future medical bills. The hospital was not found to be at fault.
"My clients were happy with the verdict," Rogers' attorney, Steven D. Downey, said Friday.
Rogers moved to Indiana because of his embarrassment and humiliation, according to court records.