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Malpractice Verdict Returned against 2005 Surgeon of the Year

Three million dollar malpractice verdict returned against 2005 Cataract and Refractive Surgeon of the Year in Nassau County, New York under index Number 8476/2002.

Garden City, NY (PRWEB) July 10, 2006 -- Keith, Shapiro & Ford, a Garden City, New York based law firm received a three million dollar verdict in a LASIK Malpractice Trial in Nassau County, New York involving a LASIK surgery performed on January 7, 2000 (index number 8476/2002). The plaintiff suffered from post-LASIK ectasia which was claimed to have resulted from pre-existing form fruste keratoconus as well as an insufficient residual stromal bed. It was also claimed that the informed consent was insufficient notwithstanding an eight page Informed Consent Document, a video, a brochure and a general discussion of the risks with a referring optometrist.

The plaintiff, a 43 year old woman, is still wearing contact lenses but her treating optometrist testified that she is getting near to the point where she will only have surgical options.

The Defendant doctor was Eric D. Donnefeld. Donnenfeld who was chosen as the 2005 National Cataract and Refractive Surgeon of the Year by the Journal Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Dr. Dr. Donnenfeld is a National Medical Director of TLC. has according to his website has trained more surgeons to perform refractive surgery than any other doctor in New York.

The case took nine days to complete and the jury deliberated for approximately five hours. The total jury verdict broken down as $1,000,000.00 for past pain and suffering, $1,000,000.00 for future pain and suffering and $1,000,000.00 for future medical expenses. There was never an offer on the case. The jury rejected the insufficient residual stromal bed theory but found a departure as to the diagnoses of form fruste keratoconus and they also found the informed consent to be inadequate.


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Eric Donnenfeld Loses $2.5 Million in Malpractice Lawsuit

MARCH 29,  2002

TLC Medial Director of Garden City, Eric Donnenfeld, along with several other surgeons suggests marketing lasik to non-candidates:

"Tell every patient that you perform LASIK. Tell patients who would never be candidates themselves, including cataract patients and patients with chronic or intractable eye disease. Every single patient you see can be a referral source, and may be your best referral source."  http://www.revophth.com/1999/july_articles/799%20lasik.htm

One nurse who had cataract surgery with Dr. Donnenfeld, is not likely to provide a positive referral for Dr. Donnenfeld's lasik services:

Article from the New York Law Journal:

VERDICT: $2.5 million

Frances Kavanagh v. Eric Donnenfield, MD., 30138/96

Nassau Supreme

JUSTICE: Thomas P. Phelan

ATTORNEYS: David M. SHearer of Shearer & Essner, L.L. P., Manhattan, for plaintiff;

Angela Fabiano of the Law Offices of Mitchell J. Angel PLLC, Mineola, for Dr. Eric Donnenfeld.

FACTS: On April 12, 1995, Frances Kavanagh, a 68-year-old retired nurse, underwent a cataract extraction by Dr. Eric Donnenfeld at the Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre. Ms. Kavanagh claimed that during the administration of anesthesia the doctor injured her left eye. She also claimed that the doctor failed to timely diagnose the injury despite the presence of a vitreous hemorrhage post-operatively.

Ms. Kavanagh further claimed that Dr. Donnenfeld failed to properly treat the post-operative bleeding, resulting in the formation of a macular hole.

Dr. Donnenfeld contended that the post-operative bleeding and the formation of the macular hole were caused by vitreous traction, which was caused by a vitreous wick that resulted from the disruption to the zonules during the cataract extraction. The doctor further claimed that the vitreous traction caused a retinal tear, causing bleeding and the macular hole.

Ms. Kavanagh claimed that she now suffers permanent "finder count" vision in her left eye, and that she is virtually blind in that eye.

DISBURSEMENT: $2.5 million. Breakdown: $1.5 million for past pain and suffering; $1 million for future pain and suffering.



My name is John Hoge and this page is the chronicle of my personal experience under the care of Dr. Eric Donnenfeld of The Laser center of Garden City, New York.