After a five-day trial last week, a jury in Montgomery County, Maryland awarded $1 million a man who permanently lost vision in one eye following surgery. The man went to a local eye clinic in December of 2014 with pre-existing conditions that left him at a higher risk of developing increased ocular pressure. However, he was not prescribed any eye pressure medication. The clinic physician diagnosed him with a detached retina and scheduled him for surgery to repair it.
The man’s medical malpractice lawyers contended that the surgery caused the pressure in the left eye to increase over the next day, leading to permanent vision loss. He contended that he is not able to do all of the activities that he was accustomed to doing and that his enjoyment of life’s daily pursuits has been diminished. The award included $500,000 for pain, suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress. After the Maryland economic damages cap in medical malpractice cases is applied, the award will be reduced to $740,000.