Cataract Surgery Resulting in Blindness in Eye: $1.15 Million Settlement

Blindness caused by needle perforating globe of eye during administration of anesthesia

Medical Malpractice Trial Report, 2018

The plaintiff was a 69-year-old female who suffered permanent right eye vision loss following right eye phacoemulsification at Cataract & Laser Center West, in W. Springfield, Massachusetts.

During the procedure by the defendant ophthalmologist, the defendant anesthesiologist administered a peribulbar block. The actual cataract procedure was uncomplicated and successful.

The following day, the patient was unable to see out of the eye, and went for testing that revealed the anesthesia needle had perforated the globe during the administration of the anesthesia with possible injection of the anesthetic inside the eye, resulting in central retinal artery occlusion.

The patient never regained sight in that eye. The plaintiff alleged the anesthesiologist was negligent, and had not been properly trained. The plaintiff further contended that the ophthalmologist had not vetted the qualifications of the anesthesiologist to do these types of procedures.

The case settled for $1,150,000 at mediation after discovery.

Hampden Superior Court

Lubin & Meyer attorneys for the plaintiff: Andrew C. Meyer, Jr. and William J. Thompson

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