The loss of eyesight because of an act of medical negligence is a frustrating experience. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also our windows to the world. When our eyes are damaged, we lose access to an important part of our world and our lives can be forever changed.
When negligence by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or health care provider results in eye injuries or blindness, you may be able to make a medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice claim may allow you to recover compensation for your economic losses, including your medical bills and lost income, and for your pain and suffering.
America Law Center can help determine if you might have a claim against the provider or providers whose negligence caused your injury or blindness.
LASIK and other forms of eye surgery require a good deal of expertise and extreme precision. The eye is a small, complex, and delicate structure, and even a minute slip of the laser could have disastrous consequences that affect your vision or even leave you blind.
Not every person is a good candidate for LASIK surgery, but some eye doctors will perform the procedure on patients who really shouldn’t get LASIK. According to the Food and Drug Administration, people who should not get LASIK may include:
The FDA also lists several risk factors that should be discussed with the surgeon before LASIK, including:
Performing LASIK on a patient who is not a good candidate for the procedure may be negligence and give rise to a medical malpractice claim when the patient suffers harm.
A number of medical conditions or treatments could lead to eye injuries or blindness when medical providers are negligent. Malpractice that results in blindness often involves treatment of eye conditions, but not always. For example, failure to diagnose or treat an underlying condition that causes a stroke, that in turn leads to blindness because of damage to the vision center of the brain, could be one form of malpractice.
Blindness is the most serious and debilitating consequence of malpractice involving your eyes, and may result in you being permanently disabled and unable to work in your chosen profession. You may have to go through vocational rehabilitation, or you may be never be able to work again. There will be many normal daily tasks you can no longer perform after you lose your eyesight, such as driving. You may have to rely on family or other people to help you in ways you never did before. You may have to make expensive modifications to your home to accommodate your loss of sight, and you may have to acquire a trained service animal to help you navigate the world.
However, blindness isn’t the only possible consequence. When medical negligence affects your eyes, there is a wide range of possible long-term effects you may suffer other than blindness that can cause discomfort and disability. Those include:
If you have experienced blindness or eye injuries due to a medical practitioner’s negligence, you may have a medical malpractice claim. contact America Law Center for a free consultation today.
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