Testicular torsion is considered a medical emergency, as it involves the restriction of blood supply to the testicles. This can be caused by a number of factors, for children, it can occur in the womb before birth, but the commonly affected ages are boys between the age of 12 and 16. It can happen at any age and can also occur from strenuous exercise. In testicular torsion cases, the blood supply to the testicle is cut off due to a twisting of the spermatic cord – the cord that supplies blood to the testicle.
If untreated or unresolved it can lead to the loss of the testicle. Testicular torsion is an extremely painful condition that has a sudden onset – hence why it should be treated immediately. You should contact your GP or immediately visit an Accident and Emergency Department as soon as possible if you are experiencing any symptoms. If testicular torsion is diagnosed on time and surgery is undertaken as soon as possible it is usually possible to save the affected testicle.
On the other hand, if there is a delay in the diagnosis or in providing treatment it can mean that by the time the surgery has been carried out the affected testicle has become necrotic (dead tissue) and the patient will require an orchiectomy which essentially means that the testicle is removed.
In medical negligence * cases, failure to diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a testicular torsion can have very serious implications which may lead to the removal of the testicle as previously mentioned and may also affect fertility.
A prompt diagnosis and treatment of a testicular torsion are therefore of the utmost importance in order to preserve the testicle and further reproductive ability.
If treatment is rendered within six hours of the onset of the torsion, the testicle has an excellent chance of being saved however if twelve hours have passed the success rate drops to 50% and after 24 hours there is only a very small chance of saving the testicle.
- Severe pain in the testicle
- Pain in the abdomen
- Swollen scrotum
How Can I Make a Testicular Torsion Medical Negligence Claim *?
Failure to diagnose testicular torsion or misdiagnosis of testicular torsion are the leading causes of a claim for medical negligence *. The results of untreated testicular torsion can have a serious impact on a person’s life, it can lead to the loss of a testicle and/or loss of fertility.
Making a testicular torsion medical negligence * claim differs from other personal injury claims * in that is not assessed by the Injuries Board. This means that the claim must be made through the courts and to do this you will need to speak with a testicular torsion / medical negligence * solicitor to make sure you take the right steps forward.
The time in which you bring a claim forward is an important factor to take into consideration. A person has two years following the date of the injury or two years following the date of knowledge of the injury to make a claim.
In cases of testicular torsion medical negligence * involving children, the two-year time limit for making a claim doesn’t begin until the child turns 18 years of age. In the meantime, a parent can make a medical negligence claim on the child’s behalf if they wish to do so.
Contact a Solicitor
The first step in assessing if you can move forward with a testicular torsion medical negligence claim is to contact a medical negligence solicitor *. In order for the solicitor to establish a medical negligence case the following steps will need to be taken:
- All medical records will need to be obtained
- A medical examination and subsequent report with an expert in the field will need to be organised to prove your medical negligence claim * and that the medical practice you were treated by fell short of acceptable standards.
Once these steps have been taken, you will work together with your medical negligence *solicitor to take the claim further. Tracey Solicitors has a dedicated team of medical negligence * solicitors that can take you through the process in a manner that you will understand.
If you or a loved one has concerns regarding the failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of testicular torsion and would like a confidential discussion, phone Caoimhe McConnell on 00353 1 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her about your case.