November 21, 2008

Dr. Mark Whitten Successfully Sued for Medical Malplractice

Westmoreland Man Wins in Eye Surgery Lawsuit
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A North Huntingdon man won more than $1 million in a malpractice lawsuit in which he contended his laser eye surgery was botched.

A jury in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday ordered Dr. Mark E Whitten, of Rockville, Md., to pay $850,000 to David N. Cantalupo, on whom the doctor performed surgery in 2001 at The Laser Center in Wexford. Mr. Cantalupo also received settlements from three other defendants named in the suit --The Laser Center and two optometrists -- bringing the total he is to receive to more than $1 million.

According to the lawsuit, the surgery left Mr. Cantalupo with permanent eye damage.

In his lawsuit, Mr. Cantalupo said he has unusually thin corneas, which makes LASIK surgery, in which the cornea is reshaped by a laser, more risky. The lawsuit contended that doctors knew about Mr. Cantalupo's thin corneas but never told him of the risk.

Dr. Whitten is best known for performing laser surgery on golfer Tiger Woods.

Posted by Admin at November 21, 2008 01:07 PM