Lawsuit Filed Over Failure to Diagnose Retinal Detachment

An Illinois woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit over a doctor’s failure to diagnose that she was suffering retinal detachment, alleging that the doctor provided inappropriate treatment for the serious eye condition, which has left her with some vision loss. 

The complaint was filed last month by Randi Nunley in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, against Dr. Thomas N. Fleming and Eyecare Management.

Nunley indicates that she visited Dr. Fleming on a number of occasions between May and August of 2010, but she was never accurately diagnosed with retinal detachment, also known as Foveal Schisis.

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The lawsuit alleges that if Dr. Fleming had properly diagnosed the eye problem it could have been potentially corrected by laser eye surgery.

As a result of the misdiagnosis, Dr. Fleming performed an inappropriate eye surgery on Nunley in May 2010, which did not include a scleral buckle, which would have been appropriate given Nunley’s retinal detachment problem. As a result, according to the lawsuit, Nunley’s left eye has shrunken and she has suffered significant vision loss and scar tissue on her eye.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for medical costs, mental and physical pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.


  • KarenJune 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I saw many floaters for 8 months. I had my eyes examined 5 times. 2wks after the last examined my retina detached with macula off. My vision is 20/60 with the central vision being affected which makes things blurry in my lt eye. It is my understanding all they had to do was an ultrasound to find retina was detaching. What is wrong with these doctors today? I went for 5 different exams!

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