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What is the importance of eye expert witness in Lasik surgical malpractice cases?

Lasik surgery is a vision correction procedure and is also considered safe. However, certain patients might not be the right candidate for getting this surgery. For example, pregnant/nursing mothers, people having an unstable vision, or those who are on prescription drugs shouldn’t be opting for Lasik surgery. Lasik surgery is also not recommended for patients having cataract problems. Your doctor is the right person to decide this. However, if the doctor fails to consider your health status as well as the medical conditions, you can bring a lawsuit against them. You need to get in touch with a malpractice lawyer who can help you get your deserving compensation for all the damages caused. This is where an ophthalmologist expert witness will be retained by the attorney to get the medico-legal perspective of the case.

What errors/mistakes can take place in Lasik surgery?

It is your surgeon’s duty to explain the pros and cons of the surgery. Also, they should evaluate your health condition before advising you to opt for surgical methods.

Below mentioned are some of the top mistakes that doctors make while performing the surgery:

  • Cutting the wrong eye
  • Perforating the eye while the operation
  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
  • Using wrong or unsterilized tools/equipment
  • Hiring unprofessional staff

Errors in Lasik surgery can take place in any of the stages- Before, during, and after the surgery. For example, if the surgeon does not perform the surgery with attention, the patient could face impaired vision. Sometimes, the surgeons make use of obsolete equipment and sometimes even without sterilizing the equipment. At times, the patients might sustain an injury because of inadequate post-operative care. The substandard care and negligence of the surgeon could cause one of the following complications:

  • Poor night vision
  • Chronic pain
  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent blindness
  • Dry eyes
  • Under-correction
  • overcorrection

Sometimes, it becomes impossible to correct these injuries. Get immediate medical attention if you believe that you’ve sustained injuries because of the surgeon’s negligence. For example, if your surgeon operates you knowing that you have a cataract, then the best option would be to retain a cataract surgery expert witness as they are the best persons to help you to receive compensation.

Receiving monetary and non-monetary compensation for Lasik surgery malpractice:

Patients who have been harmed in surgical negligence can claim monetary as well as non-monetary damages. This includes expenses for loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of livelihood, future damages, and mental anguish to name a few. Future expenses are also calculated because you lose the ability to earn because of the injuries sustained.

 

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