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Laser eye surgery claims

Has laser eye surgery left you with irreversible damage? If you have suffered damage to your eyesight as a result of negligent laser eye surgery, you could well have grounds for a medical negligence claim.

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What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a procedure that allows people with eyesight problems to have all or part of their vision problems fixed.

We understand that going through a process to make your eyesight perfect, and coming out of it with damage to your eyesight can be very distressing and we're here to help with any complication you may have suffered.

There can be many complications though, which include:

  • Cosmetic surgery negligence
    A lack of care and attention could cause a patient lasting cosmetic damage.
  • Use of outdated equipment
    The latest technology is needed to make sure all laser eye surgery goes without a hitch. Use of old equipment risks causing injuries to the patient.
  • NHS negligence
    When performing laser eye surgery, NHS hospitals and clinics are required to perform safely. Failure to do so could increase the risks of accidents happening.
  • Incomplete safety checks
    Before each operation, doctors/surgeons must ensure that everything in the operating theatre is safe to use.

Who could be at fault?

You could make your compensation claim against one of two parties – the surgeon performing the operation, or the hospital or surgery in which it took place. The surgeon could be at fault because they weren’t doing their job properly, while the hospital / surgery could be culpable because they provided substandard equipment for your laser eye surgery.

How much can I claim?

Due to the distressing nature of damage to, or even loss of eyesight, we're here to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve.

Minor eye injuries caused by defective laser eye surgery could mean at least £3,460 is awarded. However, the unfortunate event of total loss of eyesight as a result of botched surgery would see the amount potentially reach £235,630, depending on individual situations. More about making a claim

How the claim process works

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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How long do I have to claim?

It can depend. Ideally, once you have made sure that you recover as well as you can you should consider contacting First4Lawyers to start your claim. If you're not sure exactly when the incident occurred, you can call us to discuss the incident with one of our specialist solicitors, who will handle your case with the level of sensitivity that is required.

I’ve suffered personal injury due to laser eye corrective surgery. What should I do?

Making a claim for compensation with First4Lawyers is the best course of action. You can begin by filling out our online form, or alternatively you can simply contact us to discuss anything you would like, in relation to your injury. Whatever you decide to do, our team of expert solicitors is on hand to help you through this difficult time.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care, then you could make a claim for medical negligence and be compensated for the poor level of care you have received.

What’s more, by making a claim, you’re bringing those responsible to justice, and could prevent someone else from receiving similarly poor care in the future.

Medical negligence can be defined as:

  • Poor care received in a hospital
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
  • Substandard operations
  • Being given the wrong prescription medicine

However it happens, medical negligence can be serious and in some cases, even traumatic.

If you’ve received substandard medical care and are unsure if you have a case to make a claim, you can speak to one of our legal experts, who will advise you on whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Can I claim against my GP?

Yes, you can.

Claiming against your General Practitioner (GP) is classed as medical negligence.

In medical negligence cases, then claim is made against the GP, who will be insured for these situations.

Common causes for claims made against GPs include misdiagnosis, poor care and errors with prescription medicine.

Additionally, you can make a claim against GPs who work in either NHS or private practices.

If you feel that you have received substandard care from your GP, if you’ve been misdiagnosed or you’ve received incorrect prescription medicine, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Need more answers? Find more information on our GP or NHS negligence page.

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

All you need to do is contact us.  We will take it from there.

At First4Lawyers, we will always refer your case to solicitors who are experts in dealing with medical negligence claims.

It's then their job to prove you have received sub-standard care, deserving of compensation.  They will work with you throughout the process, keeping you updated as the case progresses to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Need more answers? Our guide on how to file a medical negligence case explains more about what you need to know.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

Each of the hospitals or providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Can I claim against a dentist?

Yes, whether you were treated privately or by the NHS you can make a claim against your dentist if you have sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care.

This can include anything from misdiagnosis, wrong tooth removal, nerve injuries, infection and problems that could eventually lead to oral cancer.

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee arrangements can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee agreements in medical negligence cases. 

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