Now that LASIK surgery has become a widely used medical procedure, more and more medical malpractice lawsuits are being filed against ophthalmologists who have performed surgeries with negative after-effects. Quite a number of patients have suffered complications following LASIK surgery, many because of medical negligence. In most cases, the problems arose because their ophthalmologists did not take comprehensive medical histories, did not diagnose pre-existing conditions, or neglected to perform adequate follow-up. If you have had difficulties after LASIK or other eye surgery, and you believe your ophthalmologist’s negligence is to blame, you should contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Nagel Rice LLP, with offices in Roseland and Manhattan, for a free consultation. We try cases, and we produce results. Our firm is one of the leading Lasik malpractice firms in New Jersey and has recovered millions of dollars from many Lasik surgeons, including high-profile Lasik surgeon Dr. Joseph Dello Russo.
Nagel Rice Gets Results in LASIK Malpractice Cases
At Nagel Rice LLP, our attorneys are proud of having won large settlements and verdicts for clients in Lasik malpractice cases, including:
- $15.2 Million in an insurance coverage action
- $1.45 Million settlement in Lasik Malpractice case involving high-profile lasik surgeon, Dr. Joseph Dello Russo
- $1.019 Million settlement in medical malpractice action involving negligent lasik surgery
- $1 Million settlement in lasik malpractice case involving high-profile lasik surgeon, Dr. Joseph Dello Russo
What Nagel Rice LLP LASIK Malpractice Attorneys Can Do for You
Once our attorneys consult with you and determine that you have a viable case, we will do the following:
- Examine all of your medical records, including those prior to contemplation of surgery
- Pinpoint any pre-existing conditions that were documented but ignored by your surgeon
- Gather facts about any routine carelessness in the way your doctor’s office is run
- Investigate how much time your ophthalmologist takes with each patient
- Determine how much follow-up care is given by your doctor to LASIK patients
- Calculate the resulting costs of your surgeon’s mistakes in terms of medical expenses, lost wages, and possible permanent disability
In looking into the way your ophthalmologist’s office functions, we will take note of the number of his or her patients, the number of surgical procedures performed during an average day or week, and the thoroughness (or lack of it) during presurgical screenings. In our practice, we have seen many cases in which a doctor’s failure to appropriately prescreen patients led to poor, even catastrophic postsurgical results.
Why Nagel Rice Is the Right Choice for LASIK Malpractice in New Jersey
As attorneys with extensive experience in the field of medical malpractice, especially in the area of LASIK surgery, we have in-depth knowledge of precisely how the law holds medical professionals responsible when they deviate from accepted protocol. Moreover, we are fully prepared to fight fiercely against doctors who violate their oath to “do no harm.” We have a well-earned reputation not only for legal savvy, but for personal empathy, and a track record of successful outcomes that speaks for itself.
Why LASIK and Other Eye Surgery Complications Occur
Generally speaking, complications following LASIK surgery are the result of two things:  failure to thoroughly prescreen and  failure to provide adequate follow-up care. Too many doctors are in a rush to perform as many surgeries as possible in order to make their practices more profitable, neglecting to focus sufficiently on the health and well-being of each individual patient. They seem to forget that not every individual is a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
Common LASIK Postsurgical Complications
Some of the most common visual complications that occur following LASIK surgery include:
- Blurred vision
- Double images
- Dry eyes
- Glare, halos, starbursts
- Pain, light sensitivity, macular holes
- Reduced vision in dim light (at dusk, in fog)
- Undercorrections or overcorrections
Obviously, all of these complications are challenging; depending on their severity and duration, some may be disastrous. Your doctor’s negligence may prevent you from engaging in activities you have enjoyed, make you unable to work in your previous occupation, or keep you from resuming your normal lifestyle.
Were you a good candidate for LASIK surgery?
Your ophthalmologist should have screened you carefully before recommending that you undergo a LASIK procedure. Conditions that should be red flags indicating increased risk include:
- Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Glaucoma, cataracts, eye injury, or lid disorder
- Severe nearsightedness, very large pupils or very thin corneas
- Herpes simplex of the eye
- Inflammation of any part of the eye
- Keratoconus (misshapen cornea) or a family history of this disorder
- Persistent dry eyes
- Presbyopia (age-related lack of clear vision)
- Unstable vision due to medications or hormonal changes
- Weakened immune system caused by immunosuppressive medications or HIV
If your ophthalmologist did not screen you for these conditions, or was aware of one or more of them but proceeded with the surgery regardless, there is a good chance we can win your LASIK malpractice case, obtaining damages to compensate you for your pain, suffering, loss of wages, and other costs resulting from your personal injury.
The Need for Prompt Action in Medical Malpractice Cases
In New Jersey, patients have two years from the date of the medical mistake to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Exceptions may be made if the problem shows up further into the future as a direct result of medical negligence.
Contact A New Jersey Lasik Malpractice Attorney
It is always in your best interests to contact Nagel Rice as promptly as possible since, as we all know, the wheels of justice turn slowly. Do not let your doctor convince you to delay taking action by assuring you that the problem will resolve in time. Get legal counsel as soon as you become uncomfortable with the outcome of your surgery. At Nagel Rice, we are eager to help you receive the compensation you deserve whyour your are suffering as a result of LASIK or any other type of eye surgery (such as LASEK, PRK, CK, or cataract). Please get in touch with us by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website.
Nagel Rice LLP helps their clients with their LASIK malpractice claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County.