But what about body parts that technology cannot replace?
Unfortunately, this question plagues hundreds of eye surgery mistake victims in Virginia. When a surgeon's negligence has led to the loss of vision, no amount of technology-or apologies-will be able to restore your eyesight.
Here are just a few ways a surgical team's mistakes can lead to blindness in DC patients:
- Performing the intended procedure on the wrong eye
- Performing the wrong procedure
- Failure to check the patient's chart for drug interactions/complications
- Removal of healthy eye tissue
- Using the wrong amount of anesthesia
- Improper use of scalpels, lasers or other cutting tools
- Infections caused by improperly sterilized surgical instruments
Most patients are aware of the risks involved in eye surgery. Despite a doctor's assurances that a procedure is "simple" or "routine," there is always a chance that a simple mistake could occur in the operating room-and when the subject of surgery is your eye, there's very little room for error. A small slip could mean blurred vision, light sensitivity, "halos" or double vision-or even permanent blindness.
Some examples of "harmless" vision procedures:
- LASIK or corrective vision
- Corneal transplants
- Retinal repairs
- Plastic surgery
- Post-accident reparative surgery
As experienced Fairfax medical malpractice attorneys, we know that the hospital may not be able restore your vision after a surgical error. However, by holding them accountable for their terrible mistake, we may be able to stop the same thing from happening to someone else-and get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
If you or someone you love has suffered vision loss as a result of eye surgery in DC, call Shevlin Smith today at (703) 591-0067 for a free consultation.