Corneal transplant claims arise when a patient is injured as a result of a corneal transplantation or a corneal grafting procedure.
The cornea is the front part of the eye; it is a transparent layer that covers other parts of the eye and is a crucial part of allowing the eye to focus. A damaged cornea is one of the main ways in which people can become blind after glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
If you have a damaged cornea your vision will be affected by a distortion of light; it may become blurred and there will be a glare. A damaged cornea can sometimes be painful.
If you have a diseased or damaged cornea that has not been corrected with alternative treatments then you may be advised to have a corneal transplant. The cornea transplant is usually donated from a recently deceased individual with no health problems and who is below the age of 65. The procedure is usually carried out on an outpatient basis.
A corneal transplant may be referred to as a cornea replacement and in medical terms, the procedure is known as keratoplasty. Although it is a common kind of eye surgery it is still intricate and complicated.
There are different kinds of corneal transplant: full thickness cornea transplants and back layer cornea transplants.
You might need a corneal transplant if your cornea has become damaged by disease or through scarring or swelling. These problems can cause your vision to become impaired or distorted. Some of the most widespread reasons why you may need a corneal transplant are:
A corneal transplant operation usually follows the below procedure:
As with many types of surgery, there are a number of ways in which complications can arise during corneal surgery. Some of the most common errors that can occur are:
These complications, can, in the worst instance, leave you visually impaired or in need of more surgery. The problems can be as a result of many different errors including the incorrect storage of the cornea or because of a lack of preservation of the cornea prior to surgery.
If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury because of an error during corneal surgery then it is advisable to speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer. A mistake during this kind of operation can be down to medical negligence and if it can be proven that the correct protocol was not undertaken or that another form of negligence has caused your injury, then you could have a valid medical negligence claim. This kind of case can be complex, however, a solicitor with knowledge in the field of clinical negligence will be able to provide you with an idea of the validity of your claim.
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend chiefly on the extent of your pain and suffering you have experienced because of the negligence. In addition, any expenses you have had to pay and whether or not you have experienced any loss of earnings because of your injury will also be considered.
If you think you could have a valid corneal implant claim, please get in touch with our no win, no fee solicitors at Jefferies. Call us on our national accident helpline number or make an online enquiry.