Defective Circumcision Equipment Permanently Impairs Young Man | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

By Catherine D. Bertram

A jury in Florida issued a decision last week that, L.G., a Florida infant, was entitled to judgment against Mogen Circumcision Instruments, manufacturer of the popular Mogen clamp.  The device severed the glans of the infant’s penis during a routine circumcision causing permanent and severe medical complications for this young child.

The company had previously stated that such an injury was impossible, but the journal Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, published a 1996 case study detailing a similar injury.  Fortunately, in that case, a skilled urologist was able to reattach the approximately 2mm of glans.  In 2000, the FDA issued a warning about Mogen clamps causing similar injuries under certain circumstances.

Tragically, Mogen appears to be going out of business, and these severely injured young patients and their families may have no way to collect the funds they are owed for a lifetime of future care needs.

We have experience with similar cases at RZL, sometimes the injury is a result of defective equipment and other times it is a result of mistakes by the surgeon or physician performing the circumcisions.  These preventable errors cause a lifetime of hardship for these young boys.

About the author:

Catherine Bertram is board certified in civil trials and was recently nominated as a 2010 Super Lawyer for Washington, D.C.  Ms. Bertram has 20 years of trial experience and is unique in that she was formerly the Director of Risk Management for Georgetown University Hospital.  Ms. Bertram is a member of the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is a partner with the firm and lectures regularly to lawyers and health care providers, nationally and locally, regarding patient safety, medical negligence and other related issues. She has also recently published a chapter in a surgical textbook.   She can be reached by email at or by phone 202-822-1875 in her office in Washington, D.C.