Settlement Reached in Exploding Eyeball Case in Connecticut

When a person undergoes a surgery at a hospital, a lot of trust is placed in the facility and its staff. When hospitals and medical professionals fail to live up to this trust and provide a patient with negligent care in connection to a surgery, it can cause great harm to the patient in question. Thus, it is very important for hospitals and medical professionals to avoid committing this type of negligence.

Recently, a settlement was reached in a case in Connecticut involving allegations of surgery-related medical negligence.

The case involved a 60-year-old man from Hartford. Reportedly, the man underwent a cataract operation at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut in 2007. The man alleged that, during this surgery, a doctor made mistakes when administering a local anesthetic. These mistakes allegedly caused the man’s right eye to explode.

Allegedly, the man suffered pain and lost vision in his right eye as a result of this botched surgery.

The man brought a lawsuit in a U.S. district court in Connecticut against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in connection to these allegations. This lawsuit was recently settled. As part of this settlement, the Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to make a large payment to the man.

The allegations that were made in this case are quite troubling. Patients should not have to suffer harms, such as loss of vision in an eye, because hospitals and/or medical professionals acted negligently in regards to a surgery. Thus, one hopes that hospitals and medical professionals do everything they reasonably can to ensure that their patients aren’t exposed to mistakes like those alleged in this case.

Source: The Connecticut Post, “VA pays $925,000 in Bridgeport exploding eyeball suit,” Daniel Tepfer, 27 Jun 2011