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If you have been injured as a result of laser eye surgery that has gone wrong then you could be entitled to make laser eye surgery claims for compensation.
Each year, there are around 15,000 laser eye surgery procedures carried out in the UK. For the vast majority of the patients who undergo this sort of treatment, it positively transforms their lives. However, for a small but significant minority, laser eye surgery can cause permanent damage which affects them on a long-term basis.
There are many different procedures which fall under the umbrella of laser eye surgery, but the two most common types of surgery carried out in the UK are LASEK and LASIK. Both of these procedures use a laser to permanently reshape the surface of the eyeball, and correct vision problems such as long or short sightedness, or astigmatisms. Patients usually have the treatment then go home the same day.
Only qualified and properly trained doctors are allowed to carry out laser eye surgery in the UK, although many patients go overseas for their treatment, where there are not always sufficient regulations in place. Whilst the industry is strictly regulated in the UK, accidents can and do still happen.
If something goes dramatically wrong during a laser eye surgery procedure, patients will probably be aware of it almost immediately. Sometimes, though, the effects of substandard laser eye surgery do not emerge until some months after the procedure, and can include complications such as:
If you can show that you have been permanently affected by laser eye surgery, you may have a laser eye claim against the doctor, clinic or hospital who performed your surgery.
There are strict laws around how long you have to make a claim; you either have three years from the date of the laser eye surgery procedure or three years from the date when you first noticed that you had suffered an injury. It is advisable to speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. Vision problems are difficult to rectify, so seeking compensation is something that should be done sooner rather than later.
Most personal injury claims at Jefferies can be carried out on a no win, no fee basis. This means that there is little financial risk involved in pursuing this kind of case. If you would like to know more about laser eye surgery compensation, please get in touch with our team on 0800 342 3206 or by using our online form.
In addition to laser eye surgery claims, our experienced team of medical negligence solicitors deals with all kinds of clinical negligence cases. Whether you’re looking to make a birth injury claim or a corneal transplant claim, we can help.