A former inmate has reportedly won a $750,000 settlement against correction officers and doctors for negligence after they allegedly allowed a six-day erection to go untreated.
“They took my manhood!” said Rodney Cotton. “It’s embarrassing. We’re here to create. I can’t perform my duties as a man.”
Cotton received the settlement money from Manhattan Detention Center,
Cotton had been prescribed an anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal, for bipolar disorder, but the erection was an adverse side effect and has left him with “permanent injuries” to his penis and “loss of function.”
“If I had the choice between the reward and having my manhood restored, I’d have my manhood restored in a heartbeat,” said Cotton, who had originally sued for $10 million.
While Cotton, 50, was in prison, he complained to the corrections officers and doctors of “difficulty walking” and of other pain due to his condition, but he was told that his case was not an emergency and was given an ice pack and some Tylenol and told to wait it out.
“I had to wear briefs or boxers. I couldn’t wear jeans,” Cotton said. “They had me walking around like that for almost a week.”
Finally, he saw a third doctor, who sent him to the hospital for emergency services. There, he also had stitches, which he was told would fall out on their own but which instead became embedded in the skin of his penis, causing further injury.
A spokesman from the City Law Department confirmed to the New York Daily News that a settlement had been reached.