Brenner and Anderson Obtain Not Guilty Verdict

On October 27, 2005, Shelly Brenner and Amy Anderson were awarded a not guilty verdict in Cook County. The defendant ophthalmologist performed a cataract surgery on the retired female plaintiff. Following the procedure, a small nuclear chip was discovered in plaintiff’s eye that the defendant claimed was resolving. As of the last time the defendant saw the plaintiff, the chip had significantly resorbed naturally, the swelling was reducing and defendant argued that surgery to remove the chip was not necessary.

Plaintiff was later diagnosed with pseudophakic bullous keratopathy from the retained lens fragment and the plaintiff required corneal transplant. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant doctor did not perform the cataract surgery within the standard of care and that the removal of the chip earlier would have prevented the need for corneal transplant.