Cataract Surgeon Successfully Defended Against Claims of Negligently Performed Surgery
James M. Furey, Jr. successfully defended an eye surgeon in a case involving the loss of vision in the surgical eye. The plaintiff suffered from floppy iris syndrome. During the first attempted placement of a posterior chamber intra ocular lens, capsule integrity was lost. An anterior chamber lens was successfully placed in a second procedure two weeks later, but the patient developed increased pressure and bleeding leading to corneal staining and loss of vision. The plaintiff contended that surgery was negligently performed. The doctor contended the outcome was a known risk of the procedure. The jury returned a unanimous verdict for the defendant.