Marilyn Leisz has a novel tort lawsuit in Paterson, New Jersey. A jury is deliberating over her claim that Bergen County plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Parker botched her plastic surgery so that she can no longer close her eyes.
Parker was retained to perform an eyelid surgery called a blepharoplasty.
What makes the case a difficult one is that Parker was the last of a line of doctors who did plastic surgery on Leisz. A prior doctor left bumps on her eyelids and Leisz went to Parker to correct the problem. She alleges that he never warned her of the risks of the procedure and that she later found that she was not a good candidate for such a procedure.
There is also the challenge of determining the damages in such a case. Leisz insists that she can no longer do a variety of sports and other activities. She is the mother of two and the damages should obviously be quite high. This is the type of injury that is likely to appall jurors. That makes it all the more important for Parker’s lawyers to win on the merits. They are arguing that she was warned of the risks and that there was no negligence in the surgery. No procedure is risk free and Parker’s lawyers are arguing that he performed the operation according to standards of a reasonable surgeon in his area of expertise.
Parker’s background is stated on his site:
Dr. Parker graduated Magna Cum Laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He subsequently graduated from George Washington University of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he was the recipient of the distinguished CV Mosby Award of Excellence.
Dr. Parker completed residencies in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center and while there received the Theodore Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching. During this training, he spent six months at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital exclusively learning cosmetic surgery techniques with some of the acknowledged masters in the field. He also completed a fellowship in Microsurgery at New York University Medical Center’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery with heavy emphasis on innovative methods of breast reconstruction.