Every year a growing number of people in the UK have successful laser eye surgery, but as with any kind of surgery, sometimes things can and do go wrong.
Unsuccessful laser eye surgery can lead to headaches, discomfort around the eyes, permanently blurred vision or even permanent blindness. If you believe that your optician or ophthalmic surgeon has behaved in a negligent manner and that you may have experienced negative consequences because of this, then there are options available to you.
Making a laser eye surgery claim could help to compensate you for the inconvenience and no doubt trauma which you have experienced and it could help to enable you to get back to your normal life again.
If you think that you may be able to make a claim following botched laser eye surgery, then you should contact a solicitor as soon as you can, in order to start the proceedings.
Who can make laser eye surgery claims?
There are a lot of different people who may have suffered at the hands of a negligent eye doctor. If you feel like you have been left with an unwanted side effect after your laser eye surgery (or any other ophthalmic procedure) that you were not warned about, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Some examples of circumstances where you may have a case include:
- a failure by your optician to refer you to an appropriate specialist for treatment;
- a failure to recognise a detached retina and subsequently treat the issue;
- performing laser eye surgery under inappropriate circumstances;
- and failure to properly treat treatable cataracts.
What happens when you make laser eye surgery claims?
If you have decided to go ahead and make a claim with the help of a solicitor, you will be asked to recount the history of your case and any subsequent problems which you have experienced since the laser eye surgery. In most cases, you will have to allow your solicitor to access your medical records, so that they can study them in conjunction with your case.
The solicitor may also want you to talk to a medical expert or a qualified ophthalmic expert, so that they can properly assess the extent of your problem. It is always a good thing to have a medical expert on your side, so do not be afraid about having to talk to them. The medical expert will also be able to help to assess the correct level of compensation which should be due to you.
Once you have talked over your claim with the qualified solicitor and the medical expert, they will be able to discuss all of your options with you. If you choose to proceed with your claim, then your solicitor will be able to begin taking the necessary steps. They will begin by contacting all third parties that are involved in the process, to alert them to the fact that you will be making a claim. If you change your mind at any time, you will be able to withdraw your claim.
Are all laser eye surgery claims successful?
Although it is not guaranteed that you will be successful in your claim, a good solicitor will attempt to explore all possible options in any claim which they believe to be genuine. Whilst many claims are settled out of court, if your case does need to come before a judge, your solicitor will be able to offer you their support at every stage of the process.
Even if your claim is unsuccessful, your solicitor should be able to put you in touch with an appropriate support network to help you to find the right information and advice to help you to make any ongoing health problems more manageable.