Philadelphia Eye Surgery Lawyer
You go into your Lasik procedure believing that you’ll emerge with near-perfect vision and are ecstatic that you’ll never have to wear glasses again . . . and then, the worst happens. Not only is your vision not crystal clear as you were led to expect, you can’t see normally at all. Your eyes are dry and painful, or you’re experiencing double vision, blurred vision, halos, starbursts, or night blindness, and the problems just don’t seem to resolve. Or worse, you have an eye infection or other serious condition like corneal ectasia, or keratoconus and are at risk of losing your vision altogether. If you or a family member has experienced such complications due to medical malpractice in Philadelphia, with your vision becoming worse after a medical consultation or procedure, then read on to learn more about how a Philadelphia eye surgery attorney can get you the compensation you deserve.
Lasik, Lasek, PRK, and other refractive eye surgeries have a high success rate, and most patients are pleased with the results. But all ophthalmologic surgeons are not equal, and when inept or inexperienced doctors perform procedures, your eyes are at risk. If you need to read a lot for school or your job, you may not be able to complete your education or perform at work as expected. If you work a night shift but can’t drive because of night blindness, you also risk losing your job. If reading is your favorite leisure activity, you have suffered a serious blow to your quality of life. You may need to depend on others more than you ever did before your vision became impaired. Psychological damage can follow, including isolation, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. As an accomplished Philadelphia personal injury attorney, Leonard K. Hill is known for his results-oriented approach and for the caring, personal attention he gives each any every one of his clients.
What Is Eye Surgery Malpractice?
If your eye surgery left you with a whole new set of vision problems, you may be able to recover your damages by filing a medical malpractice claim. Doctors, including eye surgeons, are expected to deliver a standard of care equal to that provided by other competent eye surgeons in the area. If your doctor has injured you because he or she has not provided the standard of care that a reasonably competent eye surgeon would give, you might have grounds for claiming malpractice. For additional information regarding what constitutes medical malpractice or to discuss the specifics of your case, reach out to a Philadelphia eye surgery lawyer at Hill & Associates. We believe it is important for us to educate mistreated patients and their families about the serious consequences of eye injuries and the health problems they can create later on in life.
Common Errors That Could Constitute Malpractice in Ophthalmologic Procedures
In Lasik and other refractive surgery cases, the most common errors on the part of the surgeon are:
- Misleading advertising and unrealistic promises
- Failure to properly screen candidates for surgery
- Failing to provide sufficient information for the patient to give informed consent
- Insufficient experience or training
- Using improperly calibrated or maintained equipment
- Using outdated equipment
If you have experienced any of the above errors after having refractive surgery in Pennsylvania, contact a skilled Philadelphia eye surgery attorney as soon as you are able.
Failure to Meet an Appropriate Standard of Care
It is important to understand that it is not enough that you have been injured as a result of your procedure. You will need to establish the failure of the doctor to meet the standard of care equivalent to what you would get from other reasonable, competent Pennsylvania or New Jersey eye surgeons.
In addition, you will need to demonstrate that because of the improperly performed procedure, you suffered actual documentable damages. Your lawyer will collect employment records, medical bills, and other receipts to show your financial losses, and will work with you to document other “general” or non-economic losses, such as pain, disability, emotional anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life, among others.
To determine if you have a case, you will need to consult with an experienced injury attorney in Philadelphia, PA with experience in eye surgery lawsuits. Hill & Associates is a top choice when you have suffered any kind of injury due to negligence, including medical malpractice, in Philadelphia, surrounding areas, and anywhere in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With our years of experience and history of successful recovery of high-value settlements and trial verdicts for thousands of clients, you can rely on our law firm to fight for a recovery that will help you get your life back on track following a serious injury, such as visual impairment from an incompetent ophthalmologic procedure.
Consult a Dedicated Philadelphia Eye Surgery Attorney Today
To schedule your free consultation, contact Hill & Associates online or call our office at (215) 567-7600 today. The time you are given to file a lawsuit is limited by law, so don’t risk losing the right to recover fair compensation for your damages.