Big Island's Dr. Stover faces another lawsuit

Big Island's Dr. Stover faces another lawsuit

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island dentist and plastic surgeon who surrendered his medical license last year after nearly 30 formal complaints is facing yet another lawsuit.

According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Hilo resident Herman van Velzer for an operation that happened on May 12, 2012. The suit alleges that Stover walked out on outpatient surgery to repair a condition that caused van Velzer's upper eyelids to droop after a staff member told him his VA or Medicare insurance wouldn't cover the procedure for both eyes.

Stover told van Velzer he would only do the surgery on one eye after Stover had already cut into both eyelids, the suit claims. Van Velzer even offered to pay for the non-covered portion of the surgery with his credit card, but Stover refused to continue.

The filing said Stover got angry, accused van Velzer of being disrespectful and left the operating room after van Velzer questioned him about operating on both eyes before insurance approval was granted.

In addition, the suit alleges, Stover wrote a false report that complained in a letter to another doctor about van Velzer's "combative" behavior that day.

There are 27 formal complaints against Stover, including one involving the death of Curtis Wagasky after going in for a tooth removal and another about Kristen Tavares who went into a coma after having her wisdom teeth removed.

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