Visiting the optician is often an essential for those who have problems with their sight or suffer from an eye disorder. When visiting the optician, you may be sent to see an ophthalmologist for specialist advice should your optician or GP suspect that you have an eye disorder that requires further examination or treatment. You may even be referred for a surgical procedure depending on the disorder. Ophthalmologists often examine the eyes as well as treat the condition or perform surgical procedures when necessary. Sight problems can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses but some severe sight problems may require surgery. Laser eye surgery is a common procedure which can reduce the dependency on glasses or contact lenses and is performed to correct long or short sightedness. Although ophthalmologists are trained extremely well and procedures regularly go without incident, in rare instances ophthalmic surgery can go wrong.
How can ophthalmic surgery have the potential to go wrong?
In most cases, surgical procedures are performed as planned and patients reap the benefits of the procedure. However, in some cases negligence has the potential to occur, particularly if the patient is a poor candidate for surgery but has been referred for the procedure anyway. There may also be equipment failure or the surgery may be performed incorrectly in some rare cases. Whether you have laser eye surgery or another kind of surgical procedure, you have the right to compensation if the procedure is botched. Where there is evidence of negligence and you have been injured as a result of eye surgery, you may be able to make a claim.
How to claim for medical negligence
If your ophthalmic surgery has gone wrong and you have impaired sight or even blindness as a consequence, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a claim for compensation from the party at fault. To start your claim just give our free 24-hour helpline a ring to speak to one of our expert solicitors about your case. Your compensation may cover medical costs and any financial losses you have sustained as a result of your injury. We will be able to give you no-obligation advice and let you know how successful your claim is likely to be before you decide to go ahead. Our ‘no win, no fee*’ policy means that you will always profit from making a claim with us. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Author: David Brown