Laser eye surgery compensation claims
- Information about laser eye surgery claims
- How much can I claim?
- What can I claim compensation for?
- Making a claim for compensation
Around 100.000 people have laser surgery each year, and over the years laser eye surgery has become available and is becoming more popular particularly with professions where the wearing of spectacles can be difficult. Unfortunately things can go wrong which can have dramatic consequences with the potential to lead to blindness.
If a medical mistake during laser eye surgery has caused you suffering of this kind, a specialist medical negligence solicitor may be able to assist you to secure compensation to help you come to terms with your new circumstances.
Vision correction surgery (also known as Lasik, Lasek and PRK) is an increasingly common method used to correct long and short sightedness. It involves the use of a laser to change the shape of the cornea which is the transparent part of the eye which covers the iris and the pupil.
The surgery can be highly effective in leading to reduced dependency on glasses. In most cases the surgery is carried out privately with the patient bearing the cost.
Patients can experience dry eyes or night vision problems, which can affect ability to drive or work in the evening or in dim light. Problems can also occur due to incorrect operation of laser eye surgery equipment.
In very rare cases, complications can lead to corneal ectasia, where fluid pressure builds up on the eye. Patients can need a corneal transplant to correct the condition.
Most of the problems can be avoided with careful pre-operative checks. Some patients may not be suitable candidates for laser eye surgery and thorough screening beforehand should identify these.
A specialist medical negligence solicitor is an expert in dealing with all types of ophthalmic negligence cases. If you have suffered as a result of negligent ophthalmic treatment or care, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
A number of factors will determine the value of your settlement:
- The type of injury and how severe the injury is
- Did you recover fully from the injury or do you have ongoing problems
- What are the long term effects on your health
- Did the injury cause you other losses such as loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- The loss of comfort/convenience/quality of life caused by your injury
- Medical care costs
- Costs involved in adapting your home to meet your new requirements as a result of your injury
- Other out of pocket expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment, such as travel expenses
A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about:
- How strong your case is
- The likelyhood of making a successful claim
- The amount of compensation you may receive if your claim is successful
- Pursue a claim on your behalf