My father went in for cataract surgery. The procedure took much longer than expected (6 hours). He complained in the follow-up visits that he could not see much at all. The doctor ensures him that everything is fine and that the eye will heal in time. Three months later, the doctor removed the sutures (stitches) from the eye. My dad said that he could not see at all. The doctor continues with the same message that it will heal. So 5 months later when my dad still could not see, the doctor diagnosed him with a teared retina. He had his office took my dad into a specialist to get the retina repaired. He told my father not to tell anyone of the problem and that he would take care of my dad. After that he never took my dad in for the follow-up surgery.
You should certainly contact a local medical malpractice attorney to have your dads records reviewed. Your dad should also get a second opinion from a different doctor.
I would advise that you contact a local Med Mal attorney in your father's area and go in for a free consultation. Best of luck.
Aaron Hicks, Rizio & Nelson
A local malpractice lawyer can order his records to send to an expert to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care. Avvo has a great "find a lawyer" tool.
This doctor seem to be not only incompetent but also a dishonest SOB. If your dad was client I would have him to report this individual to the medical board in addition suing him for fraudulent concealment.
Cataract surgery can have many acceptable risks... bad outcomes do not necessarily mean a good malpractice case for the patient... however, how the bad outcome is handled can be a good basis for a suit... should someone get retinal damage from a surgery... and that retinal damage could have been repaired if quickly identified and treated... but it was not because the surgeon refused to admit the error... well now, that could be a good medical malpractice case... only one way to find out... a one on one consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Fortunately, most of us medical malpractice types offer free consultations and take such cases on contingency no matter where the case is in California, so there is nothing to fear in calling us.
Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D.
Attorney at Law, Physician
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This very much could be a case--I think more facts are needed. It's very sad to hear about this happening to your father. A lot of the lawyers on this site offer free consultations.
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