Today, surgery for cataracts has become extremely common. A cataract is a clouding of a person’s eye lens causing their vision to be impaired. Many individuals opt to undergo a surgical procedure in order to improve their ability to see. However, some individuals do experience complications as a result of this surgery.
Most often, cataracts develop with age and get worse over time. According to the Mayo Clinic, more than half of Americans 80 years of age and older have undergone cataract surgery in at least one eye. While cataract surgery is common, there are risk factors associated with the procedure.
The American Medical Association (AMA), reported that 3 million people undergo cataract outpatient surgery by an ophthalmologist each year. During the procedure, the lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
The risks often associated with this procedure include:
- Swelling of cornea or retina;
- Eye pressure;
- Excessive bleeding;
- Retinal detachment;
- Loss of eyesight;
- Glaucoma; and
- Chronic dry eyes.
One of the most common reasons that individuals have an adverse reaction or unexpected complication during or after cataract surgery is due to medical negligence. If you or a loved one was a victim of negligent cataract surgery and suffered injuries as a result, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. In New York State, medical negligence is established when an ophthalmologist breaches his or her accepted standard of care and, as a result, the patient was injured.
A plaintiff asserting a claim for medical negligence must show:
- A relationship existed between the ophthalmologist and the patient;
- The ophthalmologist failed to meet the accepted standard of care;
- The ophthalmologist failure resulted in a breach; and,
- The patient suffered injuries as a result.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a physician’s or hospital’s negligence, it is important to contact an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer that will evaluate your case and can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have over 60 years of experience representing clients in personal injury actions, including medical malpractice matters. With offices conveniently located in New York City and Long Island, Levine & Slavit, PLLC represents clients throughout Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact our New York medical malpractice lawyers at (888)-LAW-8088.