These days, cataract surgery is fairly routine and in most cases, not something to worry about. Cataracts are clouding over the lens of the eye that makes it difficult to see. Cataracts could limit your vision so severely that you are considered legally blind. And while cataracts are more common in older people, young people can suffer from them as well. Cataracts can be removed through a simple outpatient procedure, but just because it is usually simple and safe does not mean that there can’t be complications. On this page, you can learn more about what might go wrong during a cataract removal procedure, and how to get help if your vision has been negatively impacted by Connecticut cataract surgery malpractice.
Common Complications with Cataract Surgery
The most common complications in cataract surgery are:
- A tear of the posterior capsule.
- Replacing an improper lens.
- A dropped nucleus.
- Retinal detachment.
- Corneal edema.
- Inadequate anesthesia or the improper placement of the anesthesia.
- Post operative issues such as infection or swelling.
If you have experienced one of these issues or another problem related to your cataract procedure, keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean it was the doctor’s fault or that you have a medical malpractice case. Surgery and other treatment options come with risk, and when you agree to have the surgery, you agree to a certain amount of risk. However, there are some situations in which the ophthalmologist could be held responsible for an adverse impact of the surgery.
Cataract Medical Malpractice Situations
This is the case if the doctor did not follow an appropriate medical standard of care. For example, if the doctor strays from the widely accepted procedure and in essence does not act as the average ophthalmologist would in removing the cataract. If the surgeon made a mistake during the procedure, this might also constitute an issue with standard of care.
Another situation in which the doctor may be liable is if they did not provide proper informed consent. You should be informed of your condition, treatment options, and the pros and cons of those options before deciding on a treatment plan. If the doctor withholds information or provides false information, it impacts your ability to make an informed decision and you could have a lack of informed consent malpractice case on your hands.
Call a Connecticut Attorney for Cataract Surgery Malpractice Claims
No one expects to get hurt during a routine procedure such as a cataract removal. However, in some unfortunate cases, this could happen. Keep in mind that an issue with the surgery or after surgery is not always the fault of the doctor who performed the procedure. As I have mentioned, there is a normal amount of risk associated with cataract surgery that you need to take on if you are going to have the surgery. However, there are situations in which a doctor could be held liable for subsequent injuries or complications. Our lawyers are happy to review your situation with you to determine if you have a case and how to proceed. Contact us today for more resources and information about Connecticut cataract surgery malpractice.