Balto. Co. jury awards man $450,000 in malpractice suit against surgeon

March 26, 1997|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County jury awarded more than $450,000 yesterday to a retired construction superintendent and his wife who claimed in a malpractice suit that a surgeon's negligence had destroyed the man's testicles.

Alvin R. Snyder, 76, of Upperco has suffered symptoms similar to menopause since undergoing hernia operations in 1992 and 1993. His lawyer, Marvin Ellin, said a loss of blood flow left the testicles "dead" -- and caused Snyder to experience "hot flashes" and depression.

During a four-day Circuit Court trial, Ellin and co-counsel LaVonna L. Vice presented testimony to show that Snyder lost the function of one testicle as a result of the 1992 operation, but that the loss was not apparent until the other was affected in the 1993 operation.

The jury deliberated about three hours over two days before returning its verdict yesterday against Dr. Maurice J. Berman, a Northwest Baltimore surgeon with privileges at several area hospitals.

Berman could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Neal M. Brown, said: "Dr. Berman is a caring, competent general surgeon who has practiced his trade for 38 years. This verdict was based on sympathy and not on medicine."

The jury awarded Snyder $291,000 for pain and suffering, and $150,000 to the man and his wife, Anna Virginia Snyder, 77, for interference in the marital relationship.

The jury also awarded Alvin Snyder more than $13,000 for medical expenses.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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