March 29, 2005

Florida Judge Settles Malpractice Lawsuit Against Serial Surgeon


DADE CITY Pasco Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper has reached a settlement with the Largo eye surgeon she sued for malpractice in 2003.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Tepper, 52, sued John Michaelos saying that Michaelos botched the Lasik eye surgery he performed on her in December 2000. Michaelos performed 19 additional surgeries in an attempt to correct the damage to Tepper's right eye, but nothing worked. The last surgery was in April 2002.

The parties reached a settlement March 14, about a month before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

Jeff Goodis, attorney for Michaelos, said the parties had settled but would not disclose the amount of the settlement because of a confidentiality agreement.

"It was getting very time consuming and stressful getting ready for trial," Tepper said.

Tepper said she was in severe pain for the months during and after the surgeries. Her vision also was blurred and she saw multiples of everything she looked at. Her vision has improved slightly since the Lasik operations, but she still sees multiples. Doctors have told her that a procedure called a custom ablation might help once advances are made in the technology.

Tepper originally opted to have Lasik surgery to cure her nearsightedness.

Posted by Admin at March 29, 2005 06:42 PM