Eye Surgery Malpractice Cases
Eye Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey
Eye surgery requires steady hands and great expertise. We protect the rights of those who have lost part or all of their vision due to malpractice of eye surgeons. The three most common types of surgery are to remove cataracts, to repair a detached retina, and to reduce the need to wear corrective lenses with LASIK.
Cataract Eye Surgery Malpractice
A cataract is a disease that makes the lens of the eye cloudy. The lens focuses our vision, so when it clouds over vision becomes foggy. During cataract surgery, a tiny slit is made on the side of the eye. Ultrasound is used to break apart the cloudy lens. The pieces of the lens are vacuumed out of the eye and a new lens is inserted in its place. Although cataract surgery has been performed for decades, it can go wrong and have dreadful complications for patients, such as:
- Chronic inflammation of the eye.
- Fluctuations in eye pressure.
- Swelling of the retina.
- Retinal detachment.
Any of these complications during or after eye surgery can cause a significant loss of vision. Careful follow-up care after cataract surgery is necessary to monitor the replacement lens to ensure it does not move and to make sure it is working correctly. If the lens slides around in the fragile bag that holds it, it may have to be repositioned or replaced entirely. If you have a poor result after cataract surgery, contact our medical malpractice lawyers to discuss whether it is the result of medical surgery malpractice.
Retinal Detachment Eye Surgery Malpractice
As the name implies, retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes detached from the eye due to a tear. Retinal detachment can be caused in several ways:
- Contraction or shrinkage of the vitreous jelly.
- Inflammation of the eye.
- Advanced diabetes.
It is critical to diagnose and treat retinal detachment quickly. Delayed diagnosis or delayed treatment allows the tear to get bigger, which reduces the likelihood of successful eye surgery to reattach the retina. The sole treatment for a detached retina is eye surgery, hopefully before any loss of vision occurs. It is medical malpractice for a New Jersey doctor to diagnose a detached retina, but not to timely operate to correct the condition.
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we have won many lawsuits involving eye surgery malpractice. We have also been named to the Best New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorneys list by the Best Lawyers in America, and we have a proven track record of winning multi-million dollar settlements for our clients, such as a $3.9 million settlement for a woman whose doctor severed the medial rectus muscle of her eye, causing double vision and chronic pain.
Eye Surgery Malpractice Lawsuits in NJ
If you or a loved one has been the victim of eye surgery malpractice, contact Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. One of our talented lawyers will respond as soon as possible to discuss your case.