September 24, 2010
A Las Vegas eye doctor who has been sued for medical malpractice at least 17 times during his career is the target of a new class-action lawsuit filed by four Las Vegas Valley residents.
The patients claim Dr. Vikas Jain and his wife, Dr. Anamika Jain, advertised a flat rate for laser vision corrective surgery to be done with state-of-the-art equipment by a board certified ophthalmologist. But according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Barry Levinson, Jain’s practice offered none of those services.
“The surgery was not state-of-the-art, did not use the most advanced equipment and all care was not provided by board certified ophthalmologists,” states the lawsuit, which was filed Monday.
Vikas Jain conducted most of the pre- and post-surgery assessment and measurement tests even though he is not a certified laser surgeon, Levinson said Tuesday.
“The surgeons were doing the work based on what he said,” Levinson said.
On Tuesday, Jain said the allegations are untrue.
He wouldn’t go into detail per his attorney’s instruction, but Jain said he believes a former employee prompted the lawsuit.
“I really believe a disgruntled employee drummed up patients and everyone got on the bandwagon,” Jain said. “I never did a single thing at Valley Eye Center that any technician at any practice in America couldn’t do.”
The lawsuit, which is expected to eventually include dozens of plaintiffs, also targets former surgeon Stella Chou, alleging that she allowed Jain to perform pre-operative tests while knowing he was not a certified laser surgeon.
Dr. Vikas Jain, also known as Ken Johnson, lost his medical license in Ohio in 2005, then moved to Nevada and used his wife’s medical license to open the Valley Eye Center on Tenaya Way the next year.
Vikas Jain is not licensed to practice medicine in Nevada.
Jain advertised the guaranteed price for his eye procedures, but then tacked on additional costs, according to the lawsuit.
The costs were added when the patients were offered “insurance” for enhancement surgery after the original operation, the lawsuit states.
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