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What complications can arise from cataract surgery and what steps can you take?

Cataract surgery needs to be done when a person is unable to get a clear vision due to a cloudy eye lens. This is one of the common surgeries that take place in older people. Cataract problems are usually age-related problems but besides this, there can be various factors which could increase the risk of developing a cataract:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Previous eye injury/eye surgery

One of the best solutions to address this problem is cataract surgery. But the problem can become severe if the surgery is not done with care and caution. Surgical errors can lead to a medical malpractice case. A patient who has been a victim of medical malpractice can claim financial compensation due to the damages caused. For this purpose, an expert ophthalmologist witness may be called upon by the attorney to get case reviews and testimony.

What is medical malpractice and what are the different cataract surgery malpractices?

A medical malpractice case occurs when a professional and experienced doctor fails to maintain the standard of care while treating and diagnosing the patient. This fall in the standard of care causes injury to the patient. Though every surgery has some amount of risks, malpractice can give way to unexpected complications, thus hampering the lifestyle of the individuals and preventing them from efficiently carrying out their day-to-day activities. Some of the cataract surgery malpractices are as follows:

  • When the doctor fails to provide pre-operative and post-operative care after surgery which in turn leads to the development of infections and other complications
  • Causes harm by failing to administer proper medications and anesthesia
  • Operating the wrong eye or causing damage to surrounding nerves and tissues due to lack of caution and attention
  • Causing damage to the eye due to improper use of surgical equipment or technique.

Our eyes are highly subtle and it does not have a natural immunity to heal itself. Your life will get severely affected if the surgery goes wrong. Loss of vision-partially or permanently can cause life-changing damages. To cure your damaged eyes, you’ll need extra money. For the same reason, you can file a lawsuit against the surgeon or the medical staff to get financial compensation. You’ll need an attorney for this as they’ll help you in understanding your legal rights. To prove negligence, they’ll seek essential testimonial support from an eye surgery expert witness to get case reviews and testimony during court proceedings.

Who are Ophthalmologist medical expert witnesses?

Medical expert witnesses related to eye care malpractices are ophthalmologists who have received higher education and training and have adequate certification to provide testimony in lawsuits related to eye injuries. The case may receive unfair judgment without the expert guidance of an expert witness. All these medical experts provide testimony in specialized fields. For instance, if there has been a retina surgery malpractice case, the attorney will seek medico-legal guidance from a retina surgery expert witness. So these witnesses provide case reviews and testimony in their specialized fields.

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