Cataract surgery has come a long way in the last several decades. It is usually considered to be a common and safe procedure. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong it can mean a loss of eyesight as it did for one patient. The patient has filed a malpractice lawsuit stating that medical negligence led to permanent eye damage. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages as well as money to cover legal fees.
Cataract surgery today is typically completed on an outpatient basis. The surgery requires local anesthetic and a mild sedative. The patient will usually be groggy but awake during the procedure. The surgery uses a procedure to break up the lens so it can be easily removed. Once the original lens is taken out a lens implant, called an intraocular lens, is implanted as a replacement. After surgery the eye will take several days to a week to begin to return to normal and vision should start to return without blurring. In this case, the patient states that the surgical procedure was not performed properly and it caused permanent decreased vision in one of the eyes.
Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other medical professional is negligent in providing care. The doctor in this case allegedly failed to review the patient’s medical record before the procedure and also did not get consent required to perform the cataract operation. Whenever a medical procedure is to be completed it is necessary to explain the surgery to the patient and get written consent before the procedure begins. The failure to do so could indicate a negligent act. Additionally, the doctors in this situation did not adequately review and assess the patient’s condition.
Vision Surgery is Serious
Even though cataract surgery is somewhat standard, it is still a very serious procedure. As was seen in this instance, the negligent action of a doctor can cause permanent injuries and even blindness. These vision issues may not be correctable and if they are it will probably take a number of surgeries and treatments. When we agree to have eye surgery we expect that the doctor will take the necessary care to ensure a successful result. In this case, the doctor was allegedly negligent and as a result the patient has a permanent reduction in vision.
When medical negligence happens it can cause physical and emotional problems and can result in large medical expenses. The victim of serious injury may seek legal action to recover the damages caused by the event. Damages may consist of a variety of costs incurred because of the injury such as medical costs, further surgeries necessary to correct problems, medication, physical therapy, lost wages, and money for pain and suffering. Medical malpractice cases allow victims and their families to get the compensation they deserve. Cases are often settled outside of court; however, sometimes a trial is necessary to achieve the best results. If you or a loved one were hurt because of the negligence of a doctor, contact Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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