Shelly Brenner and Teresa Maher Obtain Not Guilty Verdict
On May 24-June 2, 2010, Shelly Brenner and Teresa Maher tried to a not guilty verdict a case involving LASIK surgery. The plaintiff underwent bilateral LASIK surgery in 1999, without any noticeable complications. However, subsequent to that the patient developed bowing and steepening of the corneas. The allegations were that the surgeon negligently cut LASIK flaps that were at least twice as thick as intended. The plaintiff sustained significantly decreased visual acuity in both eyes, difficulty in wearing contact lenses due to irregular corneas and the wearing of glasses which do not correct his vision completely. The defense denied the allegations as to the flaps. A special interrogatory to the jury was answered No, questioning whether the physician was guilty of professional negligence that proximately caused the alleged injuries.