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.