Woman sues over retinal detachment condition

Kelly Holleran May 31, 2012, 2:51am


A woman has filed suit against the doctor who she claims failed to diagnose her with a retinal detachment condition in her eye.

Randi Nunley claims she repeatedly visited defendant Dr. Thomas N. Fleming of defendant Eyecare Management doing business as Illinois Eye Surgeons and Illinois Retina Surgery between May 11, 2010, and Aug. 17, 2010.

During that time, Fleming allegedly failed to diagnose Nunley with Foveal Schisis, which is more commonly known as retinal detachment, failed to perform a laser procedure, performed an inappropriate surgery on May 11, 2010, and failed to add a scieral buckle to the surgery, according to the complaint filed May 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of Fleming's actions, Nunley suffered increased scar tissue on her eye, experienced a retinal detachment and lost a "significant portion of her ability to see," the suit states. She also suffered from a shrunken left eye, incurred medical costs, suffered substantial mental and physical pain and suffering and lost her ability to enjoy life, the complaint says.

Nunley is seeking a judgment in excess of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

John S. Wallach and Suzanne M. Hardin of the Law Office of John S. Wallach in St. Louis will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-254.

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