Settlement in “Exploding” Eye Surgery

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ An attorney for a 60-year-old Army veteran says his client won a $925,000 settlement with the Department of Veterans Affairs after he was blinded in one eye during a routine outpatient cataract operation in Connecticut.

Lawyer Christopher Bernard represents Jose Goncalves of Hartford and announced the settlement Monday.

Bernard says Goncalves was blinded in his right eye when a third-year resident at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in West Haven incorrectly administered an anesthetic during the procedure in 2007. His attorney says the resident then injected too much anesthetic, causing his eyeball to explode.

The U.S. attorney’s office represents the VA and had no immediate comment.

The resident, Dr. Yue Michelle Wang, declined to comment. She wasn’t sued because doctors working for the federal government have immunity.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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