Tolar v. Defendant Ophthalmologists

  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Budzinski)09/01/2006
    Client: Defendant Ophthalmologists
    Outcome: Defense Verdict


The plaintiff had alleged that the antiarrhythmia drug amiodarone, prescribed by the patient’s cardiologist, had caused total vision loss in both eyes.

Concerns over amiodarone associated optic neuropathy had been published in the medical literature for a number of years.

In rejecting the plaintiff’s request for $2 million dollars, DBMS successfully argued that the connection between amiodarone and optic neuropathy had not been proven and that the patient’s clinical picture did not match that of a toxic neuropathy.