Shelly Brenner and Teresa Maher Obtain Not Guilty Verdict In Medical Negligence Case

On September 20-24, 2010, Shelly Brenner and Teresa Maher tried a medical negligence case alleging that LASIK surgery was contraindicated to a not guilty verdict for the defendant physician. After the surgery, the plaintiff developed bulging and thinning of the left cornea, requiring the use of gas permeable contact lenses. The plaintiff claimed a pre-existing condition of keratoconus, which is a contraindication to LASIK surgery. The defense denied that assertion and pointed to all pre-operative testing that was normal, and further alleged the condition the plaintiff had was a recognized complication of LASIK known as LASIK-induced corneal ectasia. The condition was included in the informed consent the plaintiff signed. The defendant physician had offered to pay for and travel with the plaintiff to California for a new treatment for the condition, but plaintiff refused.