February 25, 2010
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has finally shut down one of its most sued LASIK surgeons, after more than a decade of complaints.
Dr. Nicholas Caro was found guilty of unprofessional conduct and gross negligence earlier this month. However, he has been sued nearly 50 times for medical malpractice since the 1990’s.
While he has been banned from performing any more LASIK surgery, and fined $10,000, that is a small consolation for the dozens of patients who have suffered life altering visual disabilities as a result of his unprofessional conduct and gross negligence.
The fact that Dr. Caro’s colleagues and the Illinois licensing authorities tolerated his misconduct for more than a decade is inexplicable.
If you are a potential patient entering the Wild, Wild West of LASIK, the good surgeons vastly outnumber the bad. However, bad doctors like Nick Caro do not come with warning labels. Consequently, you are on your own.
Coincidentally, the Chicago Tribune story has an ad by Google linked to this story. The ad is to LASIKPlus, whom I sued in Virginia earlier this month.
Sources: Chicago Tribune Article Regarding Dr. Nick Caro – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-bad-eye-doctor-20100219,0,2101781.story; Lawsuits Against Dr. Nick Caro – http://www.lifeafterlasik.com/nickcarolawsuits.htm; LASIKPlus Press Release – http://www.krounerlaw.com/press-release-021210.html