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Key-Whitman Cataract Surgery Malpractice Injury

Has Key-Whitman Cataract Surgery in Dallas Caused You Eye Damage or Vision Loss?

If your cataract surgery at Key-Whitman Eye Center in Texas has resulted in eye problems or vision loss, you are not alone. Many patients who received steroid/antibiotic injections at this practice experienced visual impairment. If you are one of these unfortunate patients, the first-rate personal injury attorneys at Sawicki Law are eager to advocate for you and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

It is terrifying to think that you can enter a medical facility for a common procedure and come out with physical damage that may or may not be permanent, but such medical negligence, or even malpractice, happens more frequently than we would like to think. At Sawicki Law, located in Dallas and serving all of the Lone Star State, we are prepared to deal all types of personal injury. We have the combination of legal knowledge and negotiation skills to win your case, and the compassion to see you through this difficult time.

Why are eye injections necessary during cataract surgery?

It is usual to inject a solution known as Trimoxi (intravitreal triamcinolone/moxifloxacin) after cataract surgery in order to prevent inflammation, cystoid macular edema (retinal swelling), and endophthalmitis (a type of ocular infection). At times, a topical corticosteroid or antibiotic may be administered instead of an injection. 

Typical Postsurgical Effects of Trimoxi

It is expected that patients who receive Trimoxi may experience diminished visual capacity immediately following surgery, but this usually is quite temporary. It is also common for patients to feel the sensation of something in the eye unless they are given a topical NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication). In some cases patients also see floaters for up to a week after the operation. These postsurgical experiences are not serious and resolve rapidly. The adverse effects experienced by the patients at Key-Whitman are something far more frightening.

What went wrong?

Unlike the typical postsurgical effects, numerous patients who received the Trimoxi injection during cataract surgery at Key-Whitman experienced unexpected loss of vision 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Many of these patients have been diagnosed with retinal damage, including severe thinning and deterioration of the retina, for which they have required the services of an ophthalmologist specializing in the retina. All of these patients are experiencing emotional trauma as well as vision loss because the full extent of the damage is not yet known. While they are being treated with steroids, specialists handling their cases are concerned that the damage to their retinas may be permanent.

How It Happened

The solution that was injected into the patients’ eyes was prepared in a compounding pharmacy based in Arlington, Texas. Although that pharmacy was inspected by the Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration between September 12th and October 21st of 2016, it is not known precisely when the Trimoxi used in the particular Key-Whitman cataract surgeries was compounded. 

An investigation involving publicly available documents, however, reveals that there have been previous issues with this particular pharmacy’s sterilization procedures. It is not yet known exactly what was wrong with the Trimoxi. Those investigating the situation believe that there are several possibilities, including that the pharmacy received raw products that were contaminated. It is also possible that the pharmacy itself somehow contaminated the solution during the compounding process.

The Letter of Notification from Key-Whitman

Key-Whitman sent a letter of notification to patients who may have been affected by the adulterated solution. Although their letter states that their own “preliminary results” of testing the Trimoxi in question showed no problems, they do point out that “it may be some months until all the results are received.” 

Causes for Concern

There are several reasons for you to be concerned if you have had cataract surgery at Key-Whitman, including:

  • Your vision is impaired or lost and you have no idea whether the damage is permanent
  • You have received a letter from Key-Whitman pinpointing you as a possible victim
  • You’re aware that the injection received was a compound which means there were many avenues for possible contamination

You should also know that Key Whitman has referred patients who are having difficulties after Trimoxi injections to consult with Texas Retina Associates -- offering to pay for such consultations. Though this seems generous, you should be suspicious of medical data received from colleagues being paid by Key Whitman

As a matter of fact, other retinal specialists outside of this particular loop suggest that Texas Retina Associates may be underplaying the severity of the retinal damage. We advise you to get a second opinion concerning your eye damage from another well-respected retinal specialist with no ties to Key Whitman.

Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Dallas Are Here To Help!

If you have been sent a letter of notification and are feeling anxious and confused about how to handle the situation, please contact us at our Sawicki Law website or by calling us toll free at 888.468.8844 for clarification and support. Remember, we have the competence and legal know-how to assess whether you have grounds for a viable lawsuit and, if you do, will handle all the intricacies of negotiation and possible litigation. Our goal is to get you the maximum compensatory damages you deserve to cover medical costs, lost wages, future earnings, pain and suffering, and, if necessary, permanent disability. Remember: you will pay no fee unless we win your case. 

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