Queens County Jury Awards $7M Against Opthalmologist For Loss of An Eye - Post Verdict Settlement For $2.3M
On November 29, 2023, a unanimous Queens County jury awarded $7,000,000 and found that Ted T. Du M.D., a local opthalmologist was responsible for the loss of an eye suffered by one of his patients. The jury found that Dr. Du had departed from good and accepted medical practices on a single office visit that occurred on February 27, 2019: 1) by not considering that his patient's symptoms were caused by an infection in the eye as part of a differential diagnosis; 2) by erroneously diagnosing his patient with primary iridocyclitis; 3) by not referring his patient to a retinal specialist for a B Scan that same day; and, 4) by instructing his patient to call or return in 2-3 days if he did not get better. As a result of the delay in treatment, the jury agreed plaintiff underwent surgical enucleation or removal of his eye ball.
The jury awarded the plaintiff $3,000,000 for his pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life for the last 4 years and $2,000,000 for his future pain and suffering over the next 14 years. Additionally, the plaintiff's wife was awarded $2,000,000 for the past and future loss of her husband's services and society due to his injury. There will be no appeals as a result of a settlement reached in Court on December 6, 2023. The settlement agreement provides the plaintiff's with a guaranteed payment of $2,300,000, to be paid by Dr. Du's malpractice insurance carrier, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company. Wang v Dr. Du and Best Opthalmology, P.C., Sup. Ct., Queens County, Index No. 700189/2020