On February 4, 2016, a Baltimore City medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff in excess of $1.4 million for his loss of sight in one eye that he alleged was due to negligently performed eye surgery. The verdict includes $1.4 million in non-economic damages, which was reduced to $725,000 pursuant to Maryland’s cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases that was in effect on the date of the eye surgery.
The plaintiff had a macular hole in the retina of his left eye for which the defendant surgeon performed surgery in April 2013. The eye surgery procedure required that a gas bubble be inserted in the eye in order to keep the retina flat after the surgery. Normally, the gas bubble absorbs on its own over the course of several weeks but the plaintiff’s gas bubble did not absorb because the defendant eye surgeon failed to properly mix the gas, according to the plaintiff’s Baltimore medical malpractice lawsuit.
As a result, the gas bubble continued to expand after it was inserted into the plaintif’s eye, causing the pressure within the eye to rise. The resulting increase in eye pressure caused the plaintiff to have severe headaches and to experience vomiting in the days after his surgery. The defendant eye surgeon performed several procedures over the course of the following week to remove fluid from the plaintiff’s eye. The bubble shrank at first but then expanded again.
The defendant’s medical experts testified during trial that despite the defendant eye surgeon’s notes that the bubble in the plaintiff’s eye was expanding, in reality the bubble did not expand and the plaintiff suffered his injury because he had a rare condition that blocked the drainage of fluid from his eye.
The defendant eye surgeon removed the bubble from the plaintiff’s eye seven days after the original surgery. Unfortunately, the sustained high pressure within the plaintiff’s eye for an extended period of time caused permanent loss of sight in that eye. The plaintiff must now wear a prosthetic eye due to the complications he experienced following the April 2013 eye surgery that he alleged was improperly performed by the defendant eye surgeon.
The Baltimore medical malpractice jury trial lasted more than two weeks and the jury deliberated for more than three hours before rendering its verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The defendant’s medical malpractice insurance company made no offer to settle the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claim against its insured before trial.
Source: The Daily Record, February 5, 2016.
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