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CRSQA/USAEyes 'certified' surgeon Dr. Stephen Brint blinds judge in one eye with LASIK, corneal transplants in both eyes likely outcome.

Dr. Stephen Brint Sued by Judge Rand Hoch for Medical Malpractice

Press Release from Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA

While LASIK eye surgery is often an effective solution to the inconvenience of glasses, the procedure, which involves laser reshaping of the cornea, can lead to tragic results if pre-surgery screening or the procedure itself is not performed with proper care. West Palm Beach attorney and retired workers' compensation judge, Rand Hoch, learned the hard way that "guarantees" about the safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery cannot always be relied upon.

Judge Hoch chose his surgeon carefully when he decided in 1998[apparently not] to undergo laser correction of his nearsightedness. Following the recommendation of his local optometrist, Judge Hoch made an appointment with Dr. Stephen Brint, a LASIK pioneer [all surgeons claim to be "pioneers"] and internationally preeminent ophthalmic surgeon. Dr. Brint was associated at the time with a chain of laser surgery clinics located throughout the country called The Laser Center, Inc. (TLC).

Using assembly-line-like procedures, TLC-employed optometrists oversaw initial testing procedures, pre-qualified patients for surgery, and then lined up surgical candidates upon whom Dr. Brint would fly in to operate. Surgery was performed on both of Judge Hoch's eyes on the same occasion.

By all accounts, Dr. Brint's surgical technique was flawless. By Dr. Brint's own candid admission, however, Judge Hoch never should have been operated on at all. The screening tests conducted by TLC and provided to Dr. Brint for review before surgery showed that Judge Hoch had a condition called keratoconus - irregularly shaped corneas - that disqualified him for LASIK surgery. Instead of improving Judge Hoch's vision, the surgery triggered a series of worsening vision problems that led to legal blindness in one eye that could only be improved - though not completely cured - by a corneal transplant. The need for at least one additional corneal transplant in the other eye is expected.

Attorneys Bill King and Jack Scarola filed suit on Judge Hoch's behalf against both TLC and Dr. Brint, who were separately insured and separately represented. Although Dr. Brint admitted for the first time at deposition that he had fallen below the generally accepted standard of care, TLC vigorously continued to contest liability, and both defendants challenged every element of Judge Hoch's damage claims. The defendants focused substantial attention on the fact that Judge Hoch had continued a very successful practice as a workers' compensation mediator and was earning more after his LASIK surgery than before.

Following more than three years of litigation involving some of the top LASIK and vision correction experts in the world, and with a lengthy trial scheduled to begin in just weeks, TLC agreed to pay $900,000 to settle the portion of the case directed against it. Trial preparation for the case against Dr. Brint continued until a separate negotiated settlement was
reached with Dr. Brint's liability insurance carrier. The amount of the second settlement is confidential.


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