My mom just had a Cataracts sugery on one of her eyes yesterday. We were told that it is just a simple procedure and shall not take more than 10 or 20 minutes and recover will be quick. Yet, she was in surgery room for more than an hour yesterday, later I was called in and the surgery doctor told me that the tissue to hold the "len" was broken during the surgery and the doctor could not put a new "len " in or she tried and had to stop as the surgery took too long or somthing like that. My mom had to wait 6 or 8 weeks for her eye to recover and do another surgery to stitch a len on her eye by another more specialist doctor. My mom went through a lot of pains, she lost her vision for now, what we can do now to make sure that her eye will not get infection and hope the best that she can regain her vision.
Personally, I do not know the surgery doctor and not sure how good or bad she is. It is her assistant that see my mom first, the surgery doctor never see my mom before the surgery.
Right now, I do not know what to do, what I worried the most is that if my mom can get her vision back. Shall I consult a lawyer in case the worst thing happened?
If the vision loss is permanent, then seek out local malpractice counsel. Damages otherwise would likely preclude the feasibility of an expensive and timely malpractice suit. If you believe otherwise contact local malpractice counsel who can arrange for an expert review of the records to determine if there were departures from accepted practice and if those departures caused injuries sufficient to warrant legal action.
Malpractice is care and treatment that falls below the standard of care and causes injury. The standard of care is basically the level at which the average, prudent provider in a given community would practice. It is how similarly qualified practitioners would have managed the patient's care under the same or similar circumstances. Injury typically must be severe or permanent in order for the claim to be economically feasible to pursue even if there is malpractice. These cases are very expensive and risky to pursue. Unless it appears there would be a meaningful economic recovery to the patient the cases are cost prohibitive to pursue. In order to find out if your mother was the victim of negligence, you need to retain a lawyer willing to investigate the claim. The lawyer will gather your mother's medical records and have them reviewed by a medical expert who will be asked to offer an opinion as to whether 1. the care and treatment your mother received fell below the applicable standard of care and 2. caused an injury. There is no claim to pursue unless and until such an opinion is secured. You unfortunately find yourself in a Republican state that has decimated laws to protect patients. This will make securing justice much more difficult. You get what you vote for!
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