Cataract Surgery Medical Malpractice
When his eyesight became clouded by cataracts in 2013, 80-year-old Miguel Diaz of Miami Beach turned for help to the company he has trusted for years to provide his healthcare: Leon Medical Centers, one of South Florida’s most popular Medicare clinics.
The company, with seven clinics in Miami-Dade County staffed by doctors, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists and other providers, quickly set in motion the extensive healthcare machinery that is central to its appeal — dozens of medical services available under one roof.
In short order, Diaz said, Leon Medical Centers scheduled a visit with the ophthalmologist, arranged for cataract surgery and took charge of his post-operative care.
But when the ophthalmologist blinded Diaz in his right eye — as Diaz claimed in a lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court — Leon Medical Centers disavowed the doctor’s work, saying he was an independent contractor and not a staff physician, so they weren’t at fault.
Attorney Gary Friedman, who represents Diaz and 13 other patients who are suing, said Leon-Rosen no longer works for Leon Medical Centers. The doctor’s license and profile posted online by the Florida Department of Health makes no mention of the patients he allegedly injured.