Cataract Surgery Injuries Blamed on Anesthesia Errors

meye-i-1196519-1279x932-300x219A case involving five eye surgery patients in Massachusetts, who suffered serious injuries and lost their vision, is being blamed on anesthesiologist errors.

An investigation into the injuries that occurred on a single day in May 2014 suggests that the anesthesiologist may have injured the eyeballs of the patients while administering anesthesia using a needle. The injuries were serious enough for all five patients to lose vision in the eye. The patients had been admitted to the center for cataract surgery.

According to the investigation, the anesthesiologist had been sent to the hospital in place of the regular anesthesiologist by a broker who was often used by the center. Lawsuits have been filed, and are seeking damages for medical malpractice.

There seems to have been nothing in the anesthesiologist’s record to show any kind of negligence in his past. However, attorneys representing the plaintiffs say that he had not performed a similar procedure for one year prior to appearing at the center on that fateful day and performing the eye block. The use of the eye block is relatively rare across the country, and anesthesiologists are much more likely to use eye drops which are less risky. However, the use of the eye block is fairly common in Massachusetts.

According to the wife of one of the victims, they found out about the permanent loss of sight the very next day during a follow-up visit to the doctor. The specialist informed them that the injury had likely occurred as a result of an anesthesia error. A few months after the horrific incident, the anesthesiologist signed an agreement with the Massachusetts medical board, stating that he would no longer perform the specific eye block procedure that he had performed on that day during any kind of ophthalmic surgery.

Many types of surgical errors that occur every year are the result of mistakes made by anesthesiologists. Such errors, unfortunately, are far too common.


If your loved one has suffered an injury as a result of an anesthesia error, make sure you are fully informed concerning your rights. To learn whether the hospital where they had the procedure can be held accountable for an anesthesia injury, talk to an Indiana medical malpractice attorney at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP. They will be able to assess your case and determine if you can be compensated for damages, including the physical injury and the loss income.