LASIK malpractice is a form of medical malpractice which occurs when a doctor breaches the duty of care to his or her patient, during a LASIK eye surgery procedure. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (or LASIK) is an increasingly common ophthalmologic surgery in which the surgeon cuts a flap in the patient’s cornea and then applies a laser to correct visual conditions including astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia.
LASIK is an elective procedure that improves a patient’s vision, and in some cases eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. As the annual number of LASIK procedures performed in the United States increases, unfortunately so does the number of malpractice lawsuits. If you or a loved one have fallen victim to a careless LASIK surgeon who has temporarily or permanently damaged your vision, it is in your best interest to contact LASIK malpractice attorney Scott Koplik, who has successfully handled many high-profile LASIK cases in the past.
How Does LASIK Malpractice Occur?
LASIK surgery is marketed as a low-risk procedure, with many doctors reporting complication rates as low as 1%. Accordingly, being the victim of LASIK malpractice can feel devastating and unfair. Tragically, instances of malpractice generally occur either before or after the surgery itself (rather than during the actual operation), wherein a doctor fails to assess a patient’s eligibility for the procedure beforehand, or fails to treat post-surgery symptoms. Factors that should be addressed by the surgeon, which may qualify a patient to pursue a LASIK malpractice case include:
Corneal anomalies including keratoconus (cone-shaped corneas), pellucid marginal degeneration or thin corneas
Severe myopia (nearsightedness)
Large or dilated pupils
The eyes are too dry during the time of surgery
Inflammation following the surgery
Earning Compensation for LASIK Malpractice
Complications from LASIK malpractice may be temporary or permanent, and can range from light sensitivity, temporary blurriness and discomfort to permanent partial, or complete blindness. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your age, income level, and other factors, you may be entitled to substantial compensation, including compensation for:
Medical expenses incurred
Lost past and future wages due to poor vision
Discomfort, pain and suffering
A loss of happiness, or the enjoyment of your life
Pursuing legal recourse for LASIK malpractice can be time-sensitive, so if you are experiencing severe complications it is imperative that you contact an attorney who will petition to maximize the financial settlement for your case.
Contacting a LASIK Malpractice Attorney
By working with LASIK malpractice attorney Scott Koplik, you gain an experienced litigator familiar with the pitfalls and high-intensity environment of LASIK malpractice litigation. If you or a loved one has been the victim of LASIK malpractice, call the Law Office of Scott J. Koplik today at (646) 559-8285 or fill out the contact form on this page.