Thousands of people each year opt to have laser eye surgery. These popular procedures are designed to improve sight so that glasses or contact lenses no longer have to be worn.
As with any medical procedures, however, there are risks involved. Laser surgery negligence is not uncommon, even though the vast majority of treatments proceed as expected. If the surgery does go wrong, it has a chance of leaving victims with potentially serious sight issues.
The Causes of Laser Surgery Negligence
Despite what the adverts say on TV, laser eye surgery is quite an intricate procedure. It involves cutting a tiny area of the outer cornea before altering the shape of the inner cornea to improve sight. It can be used for both short and long sightedness. There are a number of ways that negligence can affect the outcome of this delicate operation, including:
- Causing damage to the cornea when undertaking the procedure.
- Not informing someone properly of the risks and outcomes of surgery.
- Not getting informed consent before proceeding with the operation.
- Poor assessment of the patient before any laser eye surgery make sure that they are suitable candidate.
- If an infection occurs after the operation, not providing treatment for the patient so that it causes damage to the eye.
What to Do If You Are a Victim of Laser Surgery Negligence
The range of symptoms that you might suffer after negligent eye surgery can include partial or total loss of vision, blurred vision in one or both eyes, watering eyes and sensitivity to light. Your first thought may well be trying to get treatment to improve your condition but you should also contact a solicitor as soon as possible to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
If your eye problems are the result of laser surgery negligence, you could get compensation that will help with your recovery and assist in making adjustments to your daily living. At Forster Dean, we have a team of highly qualified medical negligence solicitors on hand who will be able to listen to your story and explain what you need to do next.
We operate a no win no fees service which means that we’ll take on your case if we think it can be successful and won’t charge you any fees unless there is a successful outcome and you are awarded compensation.
At Forster Dean, we will make an honest and open assessment of your potential claim and tell you what steps you need to take next. There will be no pressure for you to proceed any further if you don’t want to, the decision is entirely up to you.
Living with a disability after laser surgery negligence can have a profound impact on someone’s life. The compensation awarded is based on what your living needs will be and how much this will cost as well as the pain and injury it may have cost you.
If you think you may have a been a victim of laser eye surgery negligence, contact the team at Forster Dean to find out where you stand.