Denver LASIK Error Lawyers
LASIK surgery aims to improve vision for people with poor eyesight. But one tiny error by a technician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist, and things can go wrong. Patients hoping to enhance their vision have been left with worse vision or even blindness. When that occurs, it is important to figure out if and where a mistake was made.
In our experience, all LASIK procedure errors boil down to either operator error or equipment error. If your medical team does not follow the standard of care necessary to ensure a successful surgery, they are liable for medical malpractice. If a company produced faulty or misleading LASIK equipment, they may be sued for product liability.
If you or someone you love has suffered worse eyesight due to a LASIK error, contact a LASIK injury lawyer at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (303) 759-9945 today for an initial consultation at no charge.
Wearing glasses or contact lenses every day can be a burden, and oftentimes people opt to get corrective surgery to fix their vision problems. A common corrective procedure is "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis" (LASIK) surgery, a laser treatment that reshapes the cornea to help focus light that enters the retina for better vision. LASIK is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Not every individual is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. But doctors who are looking for business often encourage patients who shouldn’t be receiving the surgery to get it, which results in worse outcomes, like worse vision or permanent blindness, for the patients.
Some possible injuries associated with LASIK surgery include:
- Blurry vision
- Not being able to see contrast or depth
- Double vision
- Severe dry eyes
- Reduced night vision
- Halos and starbursts
- “Ghost images”
- Other complications
If the person who provides your LASIK treatment doesn’t have the right combination of experience and training, things can go awfully wrong.
Errors commonly made by unqualified LASIK providers include:
- Vision Overcorrection happens when the surgeon removes too much of the cornea during the reshaping phase of the procedure. This can cause nearsightedness in a patient who was receiving treatment for farsightedness. A risky second procedure may be recommended to treat this issue, but patients are often reluctant to receive additional treatment from a doctor who botched their surgery. Victims of overcorrection often require corrective lenses to fix the problem.
- Vision Under-correction results when the surgeon doesn’t remove enough of the cornea to achieve the desired outcome. Many surgeons try to be safe by removing too little tissue as opposed to removing too much, but this means the patient will require an additional surgery, and every surgery carries the risks of complications.
- Flap Complications. During LASIK surgery, the surgeon will create a flap to access the cornea. If the flap is not reattached correctly, the patient may experience serious complications that may include infection, tissue damage, inflammation, double vision, astigmatism, “ghost images,” and even blindness.
Drastic personal consequences result when a botched LASIK surgery causes limited vision or total blindness. You may be suffering from chronic pain, depression, and social isolation. Your ability to pursue the activities you enjoy such a playing sports or doing a jigsaw puzzle may also be severely impaired.
Losing even part of your vision due to complications after unsuccessful LASIK surgery can ruin your ability to drive and prevent you from performing your job at a satisfactory level. Most types of employment require moving around and many jobs involve a great deal of reading. That’s why losing even part of your vision may hamper your ability to earn a living.
A botched surgery can leave you with a lifetime of problems, or even permanently blind. That’s a lot of medical bills and physical and emotional suffering, as well as a loss of wages – maybe your entire career – because of someone’s negligence.
If a LASIK procedure worsens your eyesight, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. To win a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will have to prove that your doctor did not follow the standard of care.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex, and having a good lawyer on your side is crucial for success. The nationally-ranked trial lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. are experienced in tricky LASIK medical malpractice suits, and we have the resources to hire the best medical experts to testify on your behalf.
You deserve to get fair compensation for injuries resulting from negligent medical treatment. If you or someone you know suffered a loss of vision due to LASIK surgery, contact the Denver office of Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (303) 759-9945.
We handle difficult medical malpractice claims on behalf of injured clients throughout the United States. When you’re our client, you come first – we’ll protect you, and you don’t owe us a dime until we get you fair compensation.
- LASIK Eye Surgery - Mayo Clinic
- What is LASIK? - FDA
- Eye Injuries - MedlinePlus
- National Eye Institute (NEI)