If you’ve had eye surgery that’s gone wrong, our specialist personal injury solicitors can help you to claim compensation. Please call the eye surgery negligence solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9049 for expert legal advice you can trust. You can also contact us online and we’ll get in touch.
Types of eye surgery
There are many kinds of conditions for which ophthalmic (eye) surgery is required. Procedures can be performed to:
- Improve the patient’s vision - using LASIK, LASEK, PRK or Wavefront-guided LASIK surgery. During this procedure, lasers are used to make adjustments to the internal structure of the eye, with the aim of improving vision on a long-term basis
- Remove cataracts - where an ophthalmic surgeon will remove the cloudy lens from the eye and replace it with an artificial lens
- Remedy retinal detachment - to prevent loss of vision and keep the retina in place while it heals
- Treat diabetes-related eye conditions - such as damage to the eye’s blood vessels
- Treat glaucoma - where excess fluid causes a build-up of pressure in the eye that can damage the optic nerve and the patient’s vision
Many of these procedures are successfully performed every day by ophthalmic surgeons and doctors in both NHS and private practices. The procedures are completed efficiently and quickly, and the patients are satisfied with the outcome.
However, in some cases, these procedures can go wrong. If you’ve undergone eye surgery and a mistake was made, you could experience unnecessary pain and suffering during your recovery. Negligence could lead to the operation failing to remedy the original condition, or it could even cause a more serious complication, including loss of vision.
Please call Slater and Gordon’s eye surgery negligence solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9049 to start your compensation claim. We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have and offer advice as to whether or not you have a valid claim. If you prefer, you can contact us online by filling in this simple form. We’ll get in touch whenever it’s convenient for you.
Common mistakes leading to eye surgery negligence
There are many things that can go wrong during eye surgery if proper measures and procedures aren’t followed by medical staff. Our solicitors often handle cases involving:
- Failure to take a full medical history
- Failure to carry out the right tests - for example, for patients experiencing diabetic retinopathy
- Failure to fully explain the procedure and the risks of surgery to the patient beforehand
- Mistakes in diagnosing a condition
- Avoidable delays in diagnosis, which can lead to the worsening of a condition
- Mistakes or a lack of care or accuracy during surgery, which can cause serious consequences (including a lack of vision) due to the delicate and precise nature of eye surgery procedures
As a patient, you put your trust in your ophthalmic surgeon or other medical professional. You expect a high level of skill and competence, and for your procedure to be carried out professionally, accurately and safely.
If the treatment you receive falls below these expectations and you’re injured as a result, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help you to claim compensation. Please call freephone 0800 916 9049 to speak to an eye surgery negligence claims expert.
The consequences of eye surgery negligence - and how compensation can help
Mistakes and negligence in eye surgery procedures can cause a range of harmful and life-changing consequences for patients. At best, the patient may experience additional pain or an unnecessarily long healing and rehabilitation period. At worst, patients may have to undergo a range of further corrective procedures or they could even lose their sight.
In some of the worst cases, a patient has gone in for a routine procedure and ended up losing their sight in one or both eyes due to a medical mistake.
Needless to say, this can be hugely distressing and traumatic for those affected. This is where compensation can provide a small comfort, as it can help to cover the cost of medical bills. The money can also be useful for paying for adjustments that may need to be made to the home if the patient has suffered loss of vision. Travel costs, medication and other expenses can all be covered by compensation, which can also help if you’ve experienced loss of earnings as a result of what happened.
Compensation can’t undo any pain and anxiety that has already been caused, but it can at least alleviate financial pressures and concerns.
Please contact our eye surgery negligence solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9049 to find out how much compensation you could expect to receive if you win your case. We only ever offer realistic, honest advice to our clients, explaining everything in plain language with no unnecessary legal jargon.
How to start eye surgery negligence claims
To discuss what happened and for expert legal advice, please call Slater and Gordon’s eye surgery negligence compensation specialists on freephone 0800 916 9049 or contact us online. It’s important to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible following the procedure to ensure that you claim within the time limit.
Our experienced solicitors, nationally renowned as experts in this kind of personal injury claim, can help you to understand whether or not you’ve experienced negligence during your medical treatment. Simply tell us what happened along with:
- The date of the procedure
- The details of the medical facility and staff involved
- How the procedure was explained to you by medical staff
- What happened afterwards - for example, if you were in excessive pain, if healing took longer than expected and whether there were unexpected complications
Using this information, we can advise whether you have a valid claim and estimate how much compensation you could receive if you win your case.
The majority of our personal injury claims are handled on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means that there are no fees to pay unless you win your case. To find out more about No Win, No Fee eye surgery negligence claims, simply contact our experts.