The ability to see is an essential part of our daily lives. It helps us process the ever-changing world around us and lets us interact with our family and friends. Without it, tasks like making dinner, commuting to work, and playing with our children could become challenging, and in some cases, impossible. When a medical or surgical mistake, as a result of a physician’s negligence, damages your eyesight, you may have a legal right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Negligent Eye Care Can Cause Vision Loss
Optometrists, ophthalmologists, and eye surgeons have a duty to provide quality patient care. This includes performing necessary eye exams to rule out serious medical conditions, making accurate diagnoses of illness and eye diseases, and performing surgical procedures correctly and within the appropriate medical standards. Eye doctors, medical teams, and surgeons who fail to do this may be held accountable for their negligence and for the damages their negligence has caused.
When an eye doctor or medical team is careless or negligent, serious damage can occur to the delicate structures of the eye and the surrounding tissues. Some of those include:
- Partial vision loss
- Eye infections
- Blurry vision
- Facial paralysis
- Eye drooping
- Eyelid disfigurement
- Depth perception issues
- Inability to detect color
- Lazy eye
When Does Medical Malpractice Occur?
Not every medical or surgical mistake is classified as medical malpractice. In order for medical malpractice to have occurred, the doctor or medical team must have deviated from the medical standard of care and caused serious harm to the patient. This can occur in numerous ways, including:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose an eye condition
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Surgical error
- Eye medication error
- LASIK error
If you believe that your eyesight worsened or failed because of a medical professional’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation. Immediately after your injury, your first call should be to an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer.
However, you must act quickly. In the state of New Jersey, injured patients only have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim. The clock runs from the moment you’re injured or from the moment it becomes clear to you that a medical error caused your injury. If you miss this critical deadline, you will be barred from being able to file a claim in the future.
Have You Suffered Vision Loss Due to a Medical Error in New Jersey?
If you or someone you love has suffered vision loss and you believe a negligent medical error was to blame, we can help. Vision loss can affect nearly every aspect of your life and may even prevent you from working in your chosen profession and providing for your family. When this occurs, you need an experienced lawyer on your side from the start.
To learn more about your legal rights, call the Vineland, New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. today for a free initial consultation and review of your potential case. Contact us at (856)692-6500 or fill out our confidential contact form. Our office is conveniently located in Vineland, New Jersey, and we have the experience and resources needed to tackle these complex cases. Call today!