Lasik Eye Surgery Malpractice
LASIK eye surgery has become one of the most popular elective eye surgeries, allowing millions of people to go without glasses each year. However, this seemingly simple procedure can cause lasting damage if performed by a negligent doctor. As with any other medical professional, LASIK surgeons can be liable for malpractice when something goes awry.
LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis”. Developed in 1990, LASIK eye surgery is a surgical procedure in which a surgical instrument known as a microkeratome is used to cut a flap in corneal tissue of the eye. A laser beam is used to reshape the cornea for vision correction. The corneal flap is then replaced. This procedure is used to correct visual conditions, including astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia. LASIK complications can have lasting long-term effects, ranging from blurry vision, dry eyes, astigmatism, macular holes, light sensitivity, pain and blindness.
All medical professions outline a standard of care and a series of policies and procedures designed to protect both doctors and patients. LASIK doctors are expected to adhere to industry standards of practice. When LASIK doctors fail to use the proper standard of care and their failure results in injury to the patient, the doctors become liable for those injuries. Most LASIK malpractice cases arise when the doctor makes a mistake in the pre-surgical screening. Most cases involve a “contraindication,” a condition for which the surgery never should have been performed. Conditions include keratoconus and thin corneas. Other types of cases involve instances where the surgeon failed to calibrate the laser and the patient developed “central islands” in the field of vision. A number of malpractice cases also arise from incorrect operation of the equipment during the procedure and negligent post-operative follow up. Some cases require a corneal transplant, which can cause short-term, intermediate and long-term risks and injuries.
As a victim of LASIK eye surgery malpractice, your injuries will likely result in future medical procedures and long term care. You should not be obligated to pay those costs. The Miami LASIK eye surgery malpractice lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona are experienced malpractice attorneys who will advocate on your behalf to recover compensation for your medical expenses. If your LASIK eye surgery resulted in serious visual disabilities and as a result, you are now unable to work, you are entitled to compensation for your past and future lost wages. Along with compensation for pain and suffering, the Miami personal injury lawyers will fight to recover compensation for your lost wages. As a victim, you should not suffer any financial setbacks. Let the Fort Lauderdale LASIK eye surgery malpractice lawyers fight for your recovery.
Call the Broward LASIK eye surgery malpractice lawyers at 305-661-2008 today to schedule your free consultation. The Miami personal injury lawyers have been practicing malpractice cases for over twenty years and can advise you as to your options. Many victims never get the settlement they are rightfully entitled to because they never inquire about their claim. Don’t let this happen to you. Call today and let our family take care of your family!