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Defective drugs and medical devices allegedly caused blindness

Consumers in Tennessee and elsewhere may not be aware of the dangers posed by some items offered for sale online and directly at places such as flea markets. A woman in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against the owner of a flea market booth, alleging the contact lenses she purchased caused her to go blind. Contact lenses are medically regulated and not to be sold over-the-counter. Defective drugs and medical devices can lead to severe personal injury.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff purchased the contact lenses at the booth where they were marketed as cosmetic lenses. She claims to have needed medical treatment after wearing the lenses for three days. Doctors at the ER diagnosed her condition as a bacterial infection and determined that the lenses caused the infection. Furthermore, the lawsuit states that, despite continued treatment, the condition deteriorated and led to the plaintiff being declared legally blind.

Court documents also show allegations that the booth owner failed to reveal that the lenses should be prescribed by a professional, nor was the plaintiff informed of the risks and the strict procedure for cleaning the lenses. According to the lawsuit, in losing her eyesight, the plaintiff also lost her job and had no other means of income. Reportedly, there is no guarantee that ongoing treatment might improve her condition, and corneal transplants may be necessary.

Tennessee residents who have to live with the damage or injuries caused by defective drugs and medical devices are entitled to seek monetary recovery. This is a complicated field of the law, and having the services of an experienced medical malpractice and personal injury attorney to provide guidance may be invaluable. A lawyer can assess the circumstances and work on establishing negligence on which to base a claim for recovery of financial, physical and emotional damages.

Source:, "Lubbock Woman Files Lawsuit After Blindness Caused By Flea Market Contact Lenses", Alyssa Goard, Feb. 15, 2017

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