Negligent placement of orbital floor implant

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October 18, 2011

Negligent placement of orbital floor implant 

The plaintiff, a 20-year-old college student, alleged that the plastic surgeon who operated on his fractured orbital floor improperly placed an implant, resulting in compression of the optical nerve. The parties settled for $1.5 million. Doe v. Roe Plastic Surgeon.

Doe, a 20-year-old college student, was involved in a motor vehicle accident. He suffered multiple injuries, including a right orbital floor fracture. Plastic surgeon Roe replaced Doe’s orbital floor with an implant. After the procedure, Doe lost partial vision in his right eye. A CT scan showed that the implant was compressing Doe’s optical nerve.

Despite additional surgery, Doe remains partially blind in his right eye.

He sued Roe, alleging negligent placement of the implant. Roe asserted that compression of the optic nerve was a known complication that could not have been prevented.

The parties settled before trial for $1.5 million.

Citation: Doe v. Roe Plastic Surgeon, Confidential Dkt No. (Confidential Jxn. June 2011).

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ members Elizabeth Mulvey and Michael Harris, both of Boston.

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