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July 2017: Defense Verdict

July 7, 2017

Michael A. Sonkin received a defense verdict in Supreme Court, Bronx County before Justice Soto. This case arises out of a right eye cataract extraction with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant performed by the co-defendant ophthalmologist, at the Surgicare Ambulatory Center on March 9, 2011. The plaintiff was a 79-year-old African American female. During the procedure, the plaintiff squeezed the speculum in her eye very hard causing her IOL and anterior vitreous to herniate through the pupil and into the anterior chamber. The lens and vitreous were removed from the anterior chamber and an anterior lens was placed. The patient was brought to the recovery room in stable condition and discharged home that day with instructions to follow-up in the clinic in the morning. It is claimed that intraoperative complications was caused by the insured defendants failure to administer sufficient anesthesia during the subject procedure. The jury returned a defense verdict.

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