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Patient alleges doctor cost him the loss of vision in left eye

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By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2019


Christopher Cueto

BELLEVILLE -- An eye doctor and businesses linked to clinics in Illinois and Missouri face a lawsuit over allegations a patient lost vision in one of his eyes following a procedure.

Plaintiff Stephen Jacobson alleges he lost sight in his left eye after receiving an injection at the Quantum Vision Centers clinic in Swansea, Illinois.

Jacobson, in his suit alleging negligence filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, names Dr. Thomas Fleming and defendants including JFJ Eyecare, Illinois Eye Surgeons, and Eyecare Management, linked to the running of Quantum Vision Centers.

The allegation against the eye doctor and the companies centers on Jacobson's visit to the center April 18, 2016, when the plaintiff alleges he was given an injection of medication into his left eye.

The complaint states Fleming "was under a duty to use the skill and care of a reasonably well-qualified physicians." It further states that the eye doctor "failed to use proper procedures in the injection process, negligently performed the injection, and allowed the eye to become infected."

These actions, the suit alleges led to the "loss of sight in [Jacobson's] left eye" leading to the plaintiff to "suffer great injuries."

Apart from the loss of sight, Jacobson says he has spent money on medical bills and has "difficulty performing activities of daily living," adding that he will continue to suffer pain and lost wages.

Jacobson seeks damages in excess of $50,000. He is represented by attorneys Michael Gras and the Law Office of Christopher Cueto Law LTD in Belleville, and by Lloyd Cueto of the Law Office of Lloyd Cueto in Belleville.

A request to the Swansea facility seeking comment was redirected to the office of Eyecare Partners, a business based, and registered, in Ballwin, Mo. Eyecare Partners did not respond to requests for comment, including to one of the company's principals.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-0450.

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