Cataract Surgery Error: $1.15M Settlement

Lawsuit claims anesthesiologist not properly trained or vetted by ophthalmologist results in right eye vision loss following cataract procedure

Medical Malpractice Trial Report, 2018

The plaintiff, a 56-year-old man, suffered permanent right eye vision loss following cataract surgery.

On 5/20/14, the patient was admitted to Cataract & Laser Center West, in W. Springfield, Massachusetts, for right eye phacoemulsification with implantation of posterior chamber intraocular lens. According to the operative note, the surgery was performed without complication.

The next day, on 5/21/14, when the patch was removed from his eye, the patient had a marked decrease in vision in his right eye. He was referred to a retina expert who diagnosed him with probable retinal perforation, probable central retinal artery occlusion, and corneal abrasion as a result of the inadvertent perforation of the globe in association with the administration of local anesthesia.

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

See related articles:

Anesthesiologist Eyed in Series of Cataract Surgery Errors
Attorney William Thompson quoted in page 1 Boston Globe article on 5 cataract surgeries gone bad at Cataract & Laser Center West. Lubin & Meyer represented two of these patients.

See related trial report:

Cataract Surgery Resulting in Blindness in Eye: $1.15 Million Settlement
Blindness caused by needle perforating globe of eye during administration of anesthesia

Questions about surgical errors resulting in permanent blindness or vision loss?

Do you have questions about a possible medical malpractice claim?

Contact Us - There is no fee or cost to you to have your case evaluated by our qualified medical malpractice attorneys. Call 800-866-2889 to speak with an attorney today.

Lubin & Meyer PC - Boston’s Innovative Leader in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law

Our medical malpractice lawyers are licensed to practice in: Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Return to: Verdicts & Settlements case archive

Return to: Lubin & Meyer home page