Ophthalmology Malpractice Suits: Pursuing or Defending Claims

Navigating Eye Injury Proof Issues in Med Mal Cases Involving LASIK, Cataracts, ROP and Other Procedures

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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This CLE course will examine current trends in medical malpractice claims brought against ophthalmologists from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives. The panel will review special proof considerations when vision loss is claimed as an injury.


Ophthalmologists continue to face a wave of medical malpractice lawsuits over LASIK procedures, retinopathy of prematurity, cataracts, corneal treatments, glaucoma, oculofacial and refractive surgery, and more.

There are a wide range of allegations in ophthalmology suits, such as failing to obtain adequate informed consent, having an unsafe office environment, failing to fully document patient information, abandoning patients, misdiagnosing conditions, re-using a single-use medical instrument, making surgical errors, and failing to follow-up or show empathy.

Unique and complicated proof issues are prevalent in eye injury lawsuits, whether injuries arise from ophthalmic surgery, neurosurgery, diabetes or auto accidents.

Listen as our panel of attorneys experienced in ophthalmology malpractice examines the common claims brought in connection with treatments and procedures involving LASIK, retinopathy of prematurity, and other vitreoretinal conditions, cataracts and more. The panel will examine claims from the perspective of both plaintiffs and defendants and will discuss special eye injury proof issues when vision loss is claimed as an injury.



  1. Survey of ophthalmology claims: LASIK, vitreoretinal, cataracts and more
  2. Typical allegations in claims
  3. Proof issues when vision loss is claimed as an injury


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • Which types of ophthalmology-based claims are most frequently the basis of medical malpractice suits?
  • What risks are exposing ophthalmology practices to litigation?
  • What kinds of proof are involved in effectively demonstrating eye injuries and/or loss of vision?


Todd J. Krouner
Todd J. Krouner

Law Office of Todd J. Krouner

Mr. Krouner obtained a verdict of $7.25 million, the largest verdict ever for a case involving LASIK malpractice,...  |  Read More

Tiemeier, C. Gregory
C. Gregory Tiemeier

Tiemeier & Stich

Mr. Tiemeier has worked in medical malpractice defense for many years. From his special interest in ophthalmology...  |  Read More

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