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Physician’s Assistant Misses Hole in His EYE; NY Medical Malpractice Attorney Oginski Explains


A man goes blind because an emergency room
physician’s assistant was incompetent and fail to recognize that he had a hole in his
eye. Do I know what this is about? Come join me for a moment as I share with you some great
information. Hi, I’m Gerry Oginski, I’m a New York Medical Malpractice and Personal
Trial Lawyer practicing law in the state of New York. This gentleman suffered an injury
to his eye, he didn’t know what was going on, but he knew that his eye was extremely
irritated. An ambulance was called and he gets taken to his local emergency room. In
the emergency room he is not seen by a physician but rather by a physicians assistant. She
does a series of eye examinations using different instruments and comes with a conclusion that
he has a scratch on his cornea. Gives him some medication, says, “Listen.
No problem. You’ll be fine. Go to an ophthalmologist in two days and now you’ll follow up from
there.” And that is exactly what he did. He goes home but later than night he is having
severe pain and swelling in his eye and there is a lot of fluid leaking, he thinks it’s
tear. The next morning he calls the ophthalmologist said, “Listen, I’m having sever pain in my
eye. Can I come in this morning?” He says, “No problem.” The eye doctor goes ahead examines
him and now what does he say? He said, “Listen, I’ve got to get you into surgery immediately.”
He’s like, why? He said, “You have a hole in your eye.” He’s like, “What do you mean
I have a hole in my eye? How can I have a hole in my eye?” The physicians assistant
in the emergency room examine me told me I was fine. I have just a small scratch in my
cornea. He said, “No, no, no. You’ve got a puncture in your eye that needs to be taken
care of surgically immediately.” Now he gets rush to the hospital and they
can’t put them under anesthesia. You know why not? Because he had eaten breakfast that
morning. They had to give him local anesthetic. He is awake while they are operating on his
eye to close up this puncture on his eye. Imagine that you are in the operating room
table. You see the doctor moving. You see the doctor using instrument. How crazy is
that? They closed up his eye as best they could and his own doctors told him, “Listen,
if this has been diagnosed when you went into the emergency room. You would have had a very
high likelihood that you would not be blind today. You might have some slight vision problems
but certainly nowhere near the problem that you have today.”
Why do I share this quick story with you? I share with you just to give you an insight
and an understanding how the incompetence, the violations from the basic standard of
medical care by a physicians assistant in a local emergency room cause this gentleman
to go blind in one eye and I realize you are watching this because you have questions or
concerns about your own particular matter. Well if your matter did happen here in New
York and you’ve got legal questions, what I encourage you do is pick up the phone and
call me. I can answer your legal questions. You know that is something I do every single
day and I’d love to talk to you. You can reach me at 516-487-8207 or by email at [email protected]
That’s it for today’s video. I’m Gerry Oginski. Have a wonderful day.

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