Can I claim for an error during laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is becoming incredibly popular. For those with eyesight problems, laser eye surgery, sometimes called vision correction surgery, can mean doing away with your spectacles or contact lenses and enjoy the benefits of perfect eyesight. However, as with any medical procedure, laser eye surgery is not without its risks. Generally speaking, laser eye surgery is a relatively safe procedure with 95% of all patients encountering no problems, according to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. However, for those who do suffer problems, the consequences can be dramatic.

Laser eye surgery injuries

Adverse effects of laser eye surgery include pain, dry eyes, sensitivity to light, damaged eyesight and even total vision loss. In some cases, these negative effects are not the fault of the surgeon or medical facility. Adverse reactions can occur for no particular reason, and if this is the case, you cannot make a claim for compensation, no matter how badly the operation went. However, you can make a claim if somebody was negligent during the treatment you received.

Negligence

Some people who suffer problems after laser eye surgery do so because of negligence on behalf of the surgeon or medical facility. Negligence is when proper care procedures have not been followed. This may include the surgeon making an error during the operation, inadequate screening to identify possible complications, poor risk assessments, or failing to advise the patient on potential negative outcomes and the risks attached with the surgery. However, identifying if any adverse reaction to laser eye surgery is due to negligence can be difficult, which is why you should always speak to a personal injury claims specialist who can advise you as to whether you can make a claim.

Eye surgery claims

Because of the importance of people’s eyesight, compensation paid due to negligence during laser eye surgery can be significant. Damaged eyesight, or the loss of vision in one or both eyes can have dramatic effects on somebody’s life, and personal injury claims are designed to reflect this. However, there is a time limit to make a claim, so if you are suffering problems after undergoing laser eye surgery, it is important to speak to a specialist solicitor as soon as possible.

 

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