Jury Awards Damages to Woman Who Claims Inability to Close Eyes After Surgery

Jury Awards Damages to Woman Who Claims Inability to Close Eyes After SurgeryA New Jersey woman has been awarded $115,000 by a jury to resolve her medical malpractice lawsuit against the cosmetic surgeon who allegedly performed a procedure that left her unable to close her eyes.

Marilyn Leisz said that she first had surgery to correct a condition in which the skin of her eyelids droops too low and interferes with vision, according to NorthJersey.com.

In 2005, Leisz visited defendant Dr. Paul Parker for a check-up, and he recommended surgery to remove bumps and scar tissue left behind by previous procedures. According to her medical malpractice attorney, Parker insisted on the surgery even though Leisz told him she was using a scar-removal cream and was satisfied with the results.

The surgery Parker then performed left Leisz with too little skin on her eyelids to allow them to fully close, the suit said. As a result, she allegedly needs to use steroid creams and drops to lubricate her eyes and must wear a mask at night to keep her corneas from getting scratched, according to ABC News. She also fears she is going blind due to the overexposure of her eyes.

Leisz has referred to the $115,000 award as "a joke," according to the news source, adding that she expected approximately $500,000.