Diabetic Man Claims Prolonged Back Surgery Caused Blindness

Diabetic Man Claims Prolonged Back Surgery Caused BlindnessA diabetic man from Illinois who suffered a back injury at work and sought surgery to correct it has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor and clinic that provided the procedure, claiming it made him permanently blind.

Ronald McClintock claims he underwent a lumbar spine surgery at the ORA Joint and Bone Centers, and that the procedure was performed by defendant Dr. R. Scott Collins, according to the Quad-City Times. He was allegedly placed on his stomach during the procedure for 350 minutes – 100 minutes longer than the procedure was supposed to last.

After the surgery was over, McClintock had very low blood pressure and could not see or move his upper extremities, the medical malpractice lawsuit states. The blindness is allegedly permanent. Despite these alleged problems, Collins reported no complications after the surgery, the suit says.

McClintock and his medical malpractice attorneys argue that his Type 2 diabetes placed him at greater risk for complications.

According to the National Eye Institute, diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels in the retina are damaged. It is reportedly one of the most common causes of blindness among American adults.