Laser Eye Surgery Negligence Claims
Laser eye surgery is one of the most common elective procedures in the world. Improvements in technology have made it more accessible than ever, with an estimated 15,000 people in Britain choosing it as an alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses. Most laser eye surgeries are completed quickly and successfully with patients requiring minimal time to recover. Unfortunately, some laser eye surgeries go wrong, leaving patients with potentially serious sight issues.
What is Laser Eye Surgery Negligence?
Laser eye surgery involves slicing a tiny flap in the outer layer of the cornea before altering the structure or shape of the inner part of the cornea to improve the person’s vision. It can be used to treat both short and long sightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK is the most popular type of laser eye surgery, but the alternatives work in a similar way.
As you can imagine, operating with a laser on a minuscule area is a skilled operation requiring delicacy and great care. Negligence occurs when a patient receives treatment and attention below the acceptable level, and where this negligence causes injury they may have a valid reason to claim compensation.
Laser eye surgery negligence can include:
- Not ensuring the patient is informed of all risks and potential outcomes, and not obtaining informed consent.
- Inadequate assessment of a candidate to ensure they are suitable candidates.
- Damage to the cornea and corneal flap during surgery.
- Mistreating infection.
Effects of medical negligence in eye surgery can include varying degrees of blindness in one or both eyes, ghosting or blurry vision, sensitivity to light, excessive tears or watering, and dry eyes.
Patients can help reduce their risk of receiving negligent care by researching possible doctors carefully before making a choice. Doctors do not need to specialise in laser eye surgery, and there is no central register.
How Can We Help?
The Medical Negligence Experts includes lawyer experienced in ophthalmic claims which have an in-depth knowledge about modern laser eye surgery negligence. If you’re unsure whether your situation was caused by negligence, give them a call so they can assess your case and advise whether your claim has a good chance of success.
If you decide to proceed with a claim for damages, we will support you every step of the way, collecting the necessary medical evidence, negotiating with the responsible care provider, and representing your best interests to obtain the most positive outcome for you. We appreciate starting a claim for compensation may be confusing and stressful, so we will make sure to keep you updated of your claims progress without excessive use of medical and legal jargon.
It does not matter whether you received your treatment through private practice or the NHS – all patients should expect to receive an acceptable standard of care, and certainly not one which causes them injury and harm. Appropriate compensation will consider the loss of earnings you have suffered (over and above the expected recuperation time), and corrective surgery you have required, and other damages such as having to retrain for a new career as damaged vision has affected your ability to work in your current role.
Get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts today and find out how we can help.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
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On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.