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Ophthalmology Malpractice

Ophthalmology is a medical discipline concerned with eye health. Vision is a crucial part of human life, and ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in treating eye problems. When ophthalmologists fail to provide an acceptable standard of care for their patients, it could result in eye damage, and temporary, or even permanent vision loss. 

If you or a loved one suffered vision loss or eye damage due to negligence by an ophthalmologist in Syracuse, or anywhere in the State of New York, the Porter Law Group is here to help you seek justice and compensation.

Syracuse Ophthalmology Malpractice Attorneys

The medical malpractice lawyers at the Porter Law Group have extensive experience in representing victims of medical negligence in Syracuse and throughout New York State. We understand the devastating impact that vision loss and eye injuries can have on your life. 

Our dedicated legal team will thoroughly investigate your case, consult with expert witnesses, and fight tirelessly to hold the negligent ophthalmologist accountable. Contact us today at 833-PORTER9 or info@porterlawteam.com for a free consultation to discuss your ophthalmology malpractice case.

What is Ophthalmology Malpractice?

Ophthalmology malpractice occurs when an ophthalmologist fails to meet the expected professional standard of care when treating a patient, resulting in injury and damages. It can take many forms, but some common examples include:

  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of serious eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, or retinal detachment
  • Surgical errors during procedures like cataract surgery, corneal transplants, or LASIK 
  • Failure to properly inform patients of the risks of a procedure
  • Neglecting to conduct necessary tests or thoroughly review the patient's medical history
  • Inadequate postoperative monitoring and care
  • Failure to refer a patient to a subspecialist when necessary

Ophthalmology is a complicated practice, and there are cases when an ophthalmologist may not be an expert in the particular type of eye surgery you need. Should this happen, the proper recourse is to refer the patient to a subspecialist, who specializes in the cornea, retina, eyelids (oculoplastics), or whichever part that may need closer attention. Performing a surgery despite being ill equipped can endanger the patient and may even result in permanent eye damage. 

Can You Sue if LASIK Goes Wrong? 

LASIK is a popular elective eye surgery that uses lasers to correct vision problems. In just one session, a person who has depended on glasses for many years can have almost perfect vision again. While complications are rare when performed by a skilled surgeon on an appropriate candidate, LASIK errors can result in serious harm. 

Examples of LASIK malpractice include:

  • Operating on a patient who is not a good candidate for the procedure
  • Failing to properly program the laser 
  • Making surgical errors that damage the cornea
  • Not adequately screening for risk factors and contraindications
  • Neglecting to provide sufficient post-operative care

If you experienced problems after LASIK that you believe were caused by malpractice, contact The Porter Law Group to discuss your legal options.

What Damages Can You Recover As a Victim of Ophthalmology Malpractice? 

If you were a victim of ophthalmology malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the following:

  • Partial or complete vision loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Inability to work or engage in usual activities
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Emotional distress over vision impairment
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How are Ophthalmology Malpractice Cases Decided? 

To successfully recover compensation for an ophthalmology malpractice claim, you need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • You were owed a professional duty of care 
  • The ophthalmologist failed to meet this duty 
  • This failure caused your injury 
  • You’ve suffered damages

It is not as simple as merely showing that you’ve been injured. You will need the help of an ophthalmology expert who can review your medical records and tests to prove that there was a failure to extend the professional duty of care required of your ophthalmologist. 

The Porter Law Group works with board-certified medical experts who can help us evaluate your case, and testify on your behalf if necessary. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers are well-versed in the complexities of litigation in New York. If we find that you were indeed a victim of ophthalmology malpractice, we are ready to put our skills and resources to work, and get you and your family the financial compensation you deserve.

Speak to a Skilled Syracuse Ophthalmology Malpractice Lawyer

At The Porter Law Group, we have the knowledge, resources, and dedication to take on complex ophthalmology malpractice cases. We are here to help Syracuse malpractice victims get the full and fair compensation they deserve. Call us today at 833-PORTER9 or email info@porterlawteam.com to arrange a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Last Updated on May 30, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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