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A prominent eye surgeon has agreed to pay $2.1 million to settle the medical malpractice claim of a patient who claimed Lasik surgery left him legally blind, The Star-Ledger reports.
The patient, James Dell’Ermo, hoped Lasik surgery would rid him of the glasses and contact lenses he wore for nearsightedness. Unfortunately, the procedure allegedly left him with bulging corneas in both eyes, 20/400 vision and legally blind.
Dell’Ermo claimed that Dr. Joseph Dello Russo of the New Jersey Eye Center should not have performed the surgery. The patient’s corneas were steep and it should have ruled him out as a candidate. Despite the $2.1 million settlement, Dello Russo did not admit fault.
According to the article “Lasik patient receives $2.1M” written by Russell Ben-Ali, Lasik surgery is the most popular surgery in the United States. Nearly 1.3 million surgeries were performed in 2007 at an average price of $2,000 per eye.
However, the surgery is not risk-free. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that complications patients encounter include: a loss of vision; debilitating symptoms such as glare halos a double vision; severe dry eye syndrome; and results that may diminish as farsighted patients age.
The lawyers of Carey, Danis & Lowe are experienced in helping families injured by medical negligence. We will seek compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future wages, pain and suffering, disability and other damages. We also represent family members in wrongful death cases.
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