Repeated failures to properly diagnose severe headaches resulted in a young woman becoming legally blind. The woman, a teaching aide, was in and out of three emergency rooms in October of 1998, before she was properly evaluated by a neurologist and referred to a neuro-ophthalmologist. She first went to Westchester Medical Center and later to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital.
By the time he identified that pressure on her optical nerve was the cause of her headaches, the damage was irreversible. She was left with no central vision, sees only shadows, no colors, and must use a white cane. The case against Westchester Medical was resolved for $1.75 million and with her primary care group for an additional $500,000.