SAN FRANCISCO – A retrospective analysis presented at the 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting in San Francisco, CA describes cases of medical malpractice claims involving ophthalmologists.
To investigate outcomes associated with ophthalmology-related lawsuits, the study authors searched the WestLawNext database. They identified 166 cases across 15 states, of which 116 met the inclusion criteria.
Results showed that among these cases, 79% (n=91) were related to ophthalmic procedures, particularly cataract (43%) and LASIK surgery (32%). Payout occurred most frequently with cataract surgery, but overall the payout was lower than with other procedures. Lasik surgery was determined to have the highest payout resulting from a malpractice claim. Among cases that did not involve a procedure, the most common malpractice claim (42%) was for “failure to diagnose in a timely manner.” Medication errors resulted in payout 60% of the time; payout in eye exam-related cases occurred 50% of the time.
“The average payout in this study was $2.59M, the most expensive of which was for failure to properly screen and diagnose a pair of twins with retinoblastoma ($38M),” the authors added.
The relatively narrow scope of data, including self-reported cases, was a limitation of the study. “A comprehensive nationwide dataset of malpractice claims would be a useful resource in helping to better [understand] malpractice claims affecting ophthalmology patients and practices,” they concluded.
Commiskey, P, et al. Medical Malpractice Claims Related to Ophthalmology: A WestLawNext Database Analysis. Poster number: PO157. The American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting; October 12-15 2019.
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