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LASIK Eye Surgery and Medical Malpractice in New York

Jan 19, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

According to the Diederich Healthcare’s "2014 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis," medical malpractice payouts in 2013 increased to $3,733,678,100, an increase of 4.7% in 2012. Payouts in 38 states increased in 2013 compared to the payouts the previous year.

New York ranked No. 1 among the top 5 states for medical malpractice payouts per capital, followed by Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Connecticut.

Vision or Eye Problems after LASIK Eye Surgery

In some cases, people develop more problems with their eyes after getting LASIK eye surgery than before the procedure. Such new problems are a major hassle as you get the surgery to improve your vision and instead of that, your eye problems get worse.

Although these problems can occur without medical negligence, a lot of them are caused by unqualified doctors in New York, or any other place, who perform the surgery because it is a lucrative business. If you have developed more vision or eye problems after getting LASIK surgery, you may have a medical malpractice claim for compensation.

Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery

Like any other surgical procedure, LASIK comes with risks, including:

  • Undercorrections: If too little tissue is removed from your eye with the laser, you will not get the clearer vision results that you wanted. Undercorrections are more common among near-sighted people. You may need to get another enhancement or refractive surgery to remove more tissue within a year.
  • Overcorrections: There is also a possibility that too much laser is removed from your eye with the LASIK laser. In many cases, overcorrections may be tougher to repair than undercorrections.
  • Return to Pre-LASIK Surgery Vision: As time passes, your vision may slowly return to the level you had before the surgery was performed. This may occur as a result of certain conditions, such as pregnancy, hormonal imbalances or abnormal healing of wounds.
  • Changes or Loss of Vision: In rare cases, loss of vision may occur as a result of surgical complications. In other cases, patients may not be able to see as sharply or clearly as they did before the surgery.
  • Astigmatism: Uneven removal of eye tissue can lead to astigmatism. This may make it necessary for you to get additional surgery, contact lenses or glasses.
  • Dry Eyes: LASIK surgery results in a temporary decrease in the production of tears. For the first 6 months or so after your surgery, you may feel like your eyes are unusually dry while they are healing. Dry eyes can reduce vision quality.

Certain conditions can increase the risks that come with LASIK surgery, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Persistent dry eyes
  • Immunodeficiency conditions resulting from HIV or immunosuppressive medications
  • Unstable vision due to pregnancy, hormonal changes, medications, breastfeeding or age
  • A number of eye conditions such as keratitis, keratoconus, uveitis, cataracts, glaucoma, lid disorders, eye injuries or herpes simplex that affects the eye area

Legal Help for Medical Malpractice in New York

If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligence during LASIK surgery, you should immediately seek the help of the qualified medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. The first meeting is free. In fact, if we decide to carry your case, you pay us nothing up front at all.

RMFW Law only is paid if you are paid! We only take a percentage so really it is like you never pay us at all. What is your side of the story? What really happened? Call RMFW Law today since we know how to attack these types of cases and we know who to attack. We know how to win inside and outside the courtroom as well.

RMFW Law knows how to win cases and our track record speaks for itself in this regard.