Eye Surgery Malpractice
The eyes are your body’s most highly developed sensory organs. In fact, a far larger part of the brain is dedicated to vision than to hearing, taste, touch, or smell combined. By far the most important organs of sense are our eyes. We perceive up to 80% of all impressions through our sight, so any issues relating to vision can greatly impact day-to-day functions. Reduced vision can affect dexterity, balance, and someone’s overall quality of life.
Eye problems can affect patients of any age. While most people experience a lack of visual clarity as they grow older, others may be forced to wear glasses or contacts earlier in life due to genetics. Unfortunately, many people sustain serious eye injuries as a result of a negligent eye doctor. These individuals may be able to file a medical malpractice claim to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Surgery On The Wrong Eye
Ophthalmic malpractice, like other types of medical malpractice, has increased in frequency and severity over the past few years, including when a doctor is performing surgery. Some of the most common surgical errors eye doctors make include performing surgery on the wrong eye, damaging other areas of the eye, failing to sanitize tools, and performing unnecessary procedures.
Recently, a Chicago eye surgeon was sued for performing surgery on the incorrect eye of his patient. In that case, the doctor operated on the wrong eye of a patient and then tried to fix his mistake by operating on the correct eye without proper anesthesia. Patients like this, who are victims of medical malpractice committed by an eye doctor, can suffer serious injuries as a result of the doctor’s negligence. Some of the most common injuries these patients can sustain include blindness, infections, and issues with depth perception and color detection.
Philadelphia Eye Surgery Malpractice Lawyers
Ophthalmology malpractice can have very serious consequences for a patient. If you suffered an injury as a result of eye surgery malpractice, you should consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to determine if you have a case. Call Lopez McHugh for a free legal consultation with one of our trial attorneys.