We’re fortunate to live in an age where people with vision problems can seek treatment to have their vision corrected. Of the variety of different treatments that exist for correcting vision, LASIK is one of the most popular. This form of surgery has become so popular, that general estimates conclude that one million citizens in the United States elect to have the surgery each year. In the vast majority of cases, this elective surgery works to the patient’s benefit, restoring the vision that they once had or in some cases never had to begin with. However, as with any other form of medical treatment, sometimes things go wrong. While not every LASIK surgery that goes wrong is the result of negligence, much more of them than you might think rise to the level of medical malpractice. When this happens, a patient should get in touch with a LASIK malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
What Is LASIK Surgery?
If you’re unfamiliar with the process, or are currently investigating it for yourself, then you might like to know a little more about it. All told, it is actually an incredibly simple procedure, which can generally be completed in less than a quarter of an hour. The doctor who performs the surgery will make an incision on the patient’s eye and will then use the LASIK technology to reshape the cornea, thereby ridding it of the imperfection that is causing the patient’s vision trouble. As you can see, it is an incredibly simple process, but sometimes things go wrong, and there are risks associated with having the procedure performed, just as there would be with any other kind of medical procedure.
The Problem With LASIK Surgery
Because of the popularity of this elective surgery, a whole industry has grown up around it. While many of the doctors who administer LASIK are perfectly competent and qualified to do so, not all are. That’s because many have rushed into the field, attracted by the potential to earn the money that it offers. Because of this, there are many critics of the surgery who feel that it may ultimately be doing more harm than good.
Further, because LASIK has become a profit-driven business for many, there is fierce competition in the field. This has led to many providers offering special deals and discounts in order to entice patients into their practices. While a deal is all well and good, it’s important to note that the money a practice loses through such deals must be recouped somewhere else. Too often, this means that the equipment used by these practices might suffer from neglect or that a particular practice might be taking on more patients than it can reasonably handle. When patients find themselves in the care of these kinds of facilities they are the victims of medical malpractice.
Can a Victim of LASIK Malpractice File Suit?
Absolutely! Just as with any other medical procedure, it is possible to bring suit against your provider if they acted negligently in providing you with LASIK surgery. To do so, however, you will need to get in touch with a highly experienced LASIK malpractice attorney, such as those who are employed at Heavens Law.
If you believe that the LASIK surgery you received was subpar and has led to permanent damage to your vision, then give us a call today! We can be reached at 1-800-HEAV-LAW, and when you call one of our highly experienced attorneys will offer you a free consultation to review the facts of your case. After that, our attorney will make recommendations as to how best to seek compensation for the LASIK malpractice that you suffered.