Man Claims Negligent Use of Anticoagulants Caused Blindness

Man Claims Negligent Use of Anticoagulants Caused BlindnessAn Illinois man and his wife have filed a medical malpractice suit against a hospital where he was treated and the doctors who treated him there, claiming that negligent use of anticoagulant medication caused him to become permanently blind.

Robert K. and Marcelline Gschwind claim that Robert was treated for shock at the Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois, in February 2009, according to the St. Clair Record. The plaintiff claims he had a history of coronary artery disease, heart attack and retinal detachment in both eyes at the time of his admission.

Upon his admission, the medical malpractice lawsuit states that Gschwind was prescribed anticoagulant medications by Drs. Kevin B. Garner and Rodney L. Greeling, both named as defendants in the case. Though he lost all vision in his right eye 10 days after starting this drug regimen, defendants Dr. Michael Fleissner and Dr. Linda Stronach continued prescribing him anti-coagulants until an ophthalmologist questioned the use of the drug on the plaintiff, according to the lawsuit.

Gschwind claims his vision loss is now permanent, and seeks more than $600,000 in damages for medical bills and legal costs, according to the news source.

Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which the blood flow to the retina is cut off, according to the Mayo Clinic. The longer this condition is untreated, the higher the risk of permanent vision loss.