On April 22, 2016, a Georgia medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in the amount of $875,000 in favor of the plaintiff who alleged that her Lasik surgery was improperly performed, resulting in significant and permanent injury to her eyesight that causes visual problems.
The plaintiff, who works as a controller for an engineering firm, decided to undergo Lasik surgery in order to improve her eyesight. The standard protocol for preparing the Lasik laser to perform the appropriate procedure for the individual patient involves entering into the Lasik computer the patient’s unique prescription. In the plaintiff’s case, the incorrect prescription was negligently entered into the computer and the error was not discovered before the procedure was done, despite safety protocols that were in place to prevent such errors (safety protocols, such as checklists, are only effective if they are precisely followed each and every time).
As a result of the careless error, the wrong portion of the plaintiff’s right eye received the Lasik treatment, resulting in the deterioration of her eyesight. When the plaintiff returned for her follow-up appointment the following day and her eyesight was determined to be worse than before the Lasik procedure (she now had an almost doubling of her original astigmatism), the error in entering the wrong prescription into the Lasik computer was discovered but the plaintiff was not advised of the error, according to her Lasik malpractice lawsuit.
The plaintiff instead was advised that she was experiencing a typical reaction to the laser procedure that could be resolved by a minor corrective procedure. The Lasik surgeon performed a second Lasik surgery (revision) on the plaintiff the following day during which nearly four times the amount of tissue was removed than was removed during the original Lasik procedure. An expert testified during the Lasik medical malpractice trial that the Lasik surgeon should have allowed the plaintiff’s eye to settle after the original Lasik surgery before attempting a revision.
As a result, the plaintiff suffered an irregular astigmatism that could not be treated. A subsequent surgeon was able to remove the regular astigmatism resulting from the original improperly performed Lasik surgery but was unable to remove the irregular astigmatism. As a result, the plaintiff’s eyesight was permanently damaged, including problems with glare, bright lights, and fluorescent lighting, all of which affect the plaintiff at work (the plaintiff has much difficulty with computer screens) and in her daily life.
Not all unexpected or bad results from Lasik surgery are due to medical malpractice. However, it may difficult for you to know if a bad outcome from Lasik surgery is due to medical negligence, without a thorough and honest review of the procedure records and the facts by a qualified Lasik surgery expert.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of Lasik surgery that may be due to Lasik malpractice, you should promptly seek the advice of a local medical malpractice attorney in your U.S. state who may investigate your Lasik malpractice claim for you and represent you in a Lasik surgery malpractice case, if appropriate.
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