Louisville Army veteran sues VA after suffering frostbitten penis



Posted on October 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 12:22 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville U.S. Army veteran has decided to sue the federal government for $10 million.

“I think this is probably the clearest case of medical negligence I’ve ever seen,” Larry Jones said.

Jones represents 61-year-old Michael Nash who underwent surgery for a circumcision and penile implant replacement for impotency in October of 2010 at the VA hospital in Lexington.

“Had they provided him with the care he deserved we wouldn't be in this situation,” Jones said.

The lawsuit claimed a nurse applied and reapplied an ice pack to Nash’s groin for 19 hours following the surgery. They said it led to frostbite, gangrene and eventually a partial amputation.

“He has lost his manhood. He has lost his ability to stand at the toilet and urinate. He has lost his ability to engage in sexual relations,” Jones said.

Nash filed a claim with the hospital citing his grievances, but Jones said his client barely got a response.

“One day we finally got a one paragraph or two paragraph letter that basically states they just deny responsibility for this case,” Jones said.

While Nash undergoes corrective surgeries he is suing the VA for damages, including mental and emotional distress.

“If you ask me, I wouldn’t take $10 billion for this to happen to me,” Jones said.

The VA said they do not comment on pending litigation. Once the federal government receives a copy of the lawsuit they have 20 days to respond.