A 57-year-old Lessburg ophthalmologist has been found guilty of cheating Medicare. The doctor pretended to provide medical procedures to patients who didn’t need them. A Jacksonville federal jury convicted the doctor on 20 counts of healthcare fraud, each punishable by 10 years in prison.
Officials say the doctor lied to over 500 Medicare patients from the mid-2000s to September 2011, resulting in $7 million in medical payments for procedures he didn’t actually perform. For example, he aimed a laser at his patient’s eyes, but set the energy level so low that it was ineffective. He then billed Medicare for procedures that weren’t performed and were never required.
It’s unclear from the report if any of the doctor’s patients suffered physical harm because of his wrongdoing. There have been many cases involving LASIK malpractice over the years. LASIK eye surgery is one of the most popular elective surgical procedures. When done by a trained professional, LASIK surgery can help the patient see clearly without glasses. When performed negligently, laser eye surgery can have devastating consequences.
When ophthalmologists fail to provide a proper standard of care, it can result in injury to their patients. Most laser eye malpractice claims don’t involve mistakes made during surgery, but conditions for which the surgery should never have taken place. Patients with Keratoconus, for example, have a cone-shaped cornea and aren’t good candidates for LASIK. Patients with thin corneas or residual stromal beds shouldn’t get eye surgery either.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm because of the actions of your eye doctor or other medical professional, don’t hesitate to speak with a Florida malpractice attorney. Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
A Florida medical malpractice attorney can work with experts in the medical and ophthalmic field to review the quality of care you received. If you suffered actual harm because of a failure to meet a reasonable level of care, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
Contact Farah & Farah to discuss your situation. You can reach us at (800) 533-3555.