April 25, 2008: FDA Plans LASIK Eye Surgery Safety Review
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will take a closer look at health risks associated with Lasik laser-assisted vision correction procedures, an agency panel has announced. The FDA will conduct a study of the "quality of life" of patients after Lasik surgery, and the agency will assess how to give prospective Lasik patients stronger warnings about risks associated with the procedure.
March 22, 2006: New York LASIK Lawsuit Dismissed
A lawsuit by a New York man who alleged that his surgeon ruined his eyesight during LASIK eye surgery has been dismissed. The suit claimed that the surgeon's performance of the LASIK surgery was so negligent that it caused substantial vision loss. The plaintiff also alleged that the surgeon failed to gain proper informed consent, and did not follow accepted medical practice while performing the procedure. The suit was dismissed based on a lack of evidence and the testimony of an unqualified expert witness, who failed to support the plaintiff's claims.
January 23, 2006: Indiana Supreme Court Reinstates LASIK Malpractice Suit
The Indiana Supreme Court reinstated a medical malpractice suit filed against a LASIK eye surgeon. The court found that the two-year statute of limitations period did not begin to run until another doctor told the plaintiff that the LASIK eye surgery should not have been performed. The plaintiff underwent multiple LASIK eye surgeries and alleged that these procedures caused a permanent loss of vision in his right eye that has left him nearly blind.
September 1, 2005: Surgeon Seeks to Overturn Largest-Ever LASIK Jury Award
In August 2005, a jury awarded $4.5 million in past and future lost income, and $2.75 million in non-economic (pain and suffering) damages to a former Wall Street investment banker who alleged that his eyesight and career were destroyed after undergoing a LASIK eye procedure. The defendant surgeon seeks to overturn this largest-ever LASIK jury award.
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