On June 17, 2013, a Delaware jury decided that a man who endured an 8-month erection after he claimed a penile implant went terribly wrong, deserved nothing in compensation, according to ABC News.
Jurors determined that Dr. Thomas Desperito was not negligent in the 2009 implant procedure performed on Daniel Metzgar, a 44 year old truck driver.
During the civil trial, Metzgar testified that he was made fun of by family and friends due to his constant erection. In addition, he told the jury he endured threats, stares, and rude comments from strangers because of it, according to The News Journal.
The Raw Story reports that just four months after the surgery, Metzgar went to the hospital for swelling. He said he attempted to reach Dr. Desperito, but was unable to do so. The hospital ran tests, but the physician’s lawyer argued the facility’s staff was unfamiliar with penile implants, therefore, the swelling did not prove negligence.
Metzgar also said he was forced to wear baggy pants and long shirts to hide his erection, adding that he became socially withdrawn.
ABC reports Metzgar had the penile implant removed in Aug. 2010, “after tubing from the device punctured his scrotum.”
Metzgar’s attorney, Michael Heyden, said he was “stunned” at the jury’s decision, however, the doctor’s lawyer, Colleen Shields, said she believes jurors reached the proper verdict, the Raw Story reports.
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