When a 77-year-old woman underwent cataract surgery on her right eye, she assumed that the procedure would be carried out without issue as many others are. The procedure was performed at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens by one ophthalmologist and another who was on site to assist. The procedure included an anterior vitrectomy, which is basically the removal of the clear gel that fills the space between the lens of the eye and the retina. The gel was replaced by artificial solution to support the lens that replaced the cataract that was removed. The woman developed pseudophakic bullos keratophy, which was obviously unexpected.
In this woman’s case, she suffered the loss of almost all of her vision in that eye. After seeking assistance from a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer, the doctors were sued for malpractice for not properly performing the surgery. The doctors discontinued their claim against the woman and proceeded to trial against the woman. The claim was made that the incision the physician used to remove the cataract was the reason for the damage to the posterior portion of the eye.
New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers report that the damage to that portion of the eye caused the vitreous matter to leak from the eye and was the reason for the decomposition of the eye. The woman’s counsel indicated that because the doctor inserted an intraocular lens that was too large, his actions were the reason for the woman’s injuries. Once the trial had concluded, the parties negotiated a settlement and the doctor’s insurance company agreed to pay a total of $600,000 and the woman discontinued the claims against the other physician.
The firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates and its New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers with convenient locations in the New York Metropolitan Area, including Bath Beach, NY, can be of invaluable assistance to you if you find yourself a victim of medical malpractice. Enduring pain, disfigurement and financial anguish without professional representation is not the path you should choose.