Blindness After Surgery – What are My Legal Options
Blindness after surgery seems like something strange that only happens in the movies. However, there’s a term for it, and it happens more times than people are aware. Post-operative vision loss typically occurs when an operation is performed in another part of the body but due to the lack of proper blood supply or blood pressure, the retina and other ocular structures don’t get the necessary blood or nutrients to be at a certain state of homeostasis, leading to the death of cells as well as nerve damage, resulting in partial or complete blindness. Post-operative vision loss isn’t an accident or a fluke of nature: it can be attributed to the negligent acts of a physician who did not follow a certain standard of care during the operation, leading to complications.
Did you develop post-operative vision loss after surgery? If you believe that your physician’s negligent actions caused your blindness after surgery, we’d love to help. McCready Law has been helping the victims of medical malpractice and other facets of personal injury law for over 90 YEARS, and we’d be honored to put all this experience to work for you. Please contact us NOW at (773) 823-0298 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. The call is ABSOLUTELY FREE, and we take on cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay anything for the duration of your case until we recover compensation on your behalf.
Low Blood Pressure During Surgery May Lead to Vision Loss
It is important that an anesthesiologist maintain the body’s blood pressure at a certain normal range during spine surgery that lasts over 6 hours. In addition, the loss of massive amounts of blood such as in the case of an accident victim or during delivery can make it difficult for your body to deliver sufficient amounts of oxygen to your optic nerve. You’ll typically notice blindness a few days after the surgery, and in cases where there’s nerve damage, permanent vision loss to one or both eyes could be a frightening reality.
Spine Surgery-Related Vision Loss
Spine surgery, like most surgeries, require you to lie in the prone position which places a large amount of pressure on key arteries in the abdominal areas that are responsible in the transfer of oxygenated blood to the head and the eyes. In addition, this position is an awkward one, and makes it difficult for the anesthesiologist to monitor the patient’s eyes, making sure that everything is OK.
Vision loss after surgery can also happen due to prolonged pressure around the head and eyes that is typically seen due to the use of certain headrests during surgery. This happens because blood will pool around the ears and not get into the eyes to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the eyes to keep them working as normal.
Post-Surgery Vision Loss Attorneys – Call Us Today!
Vision loss after eye surgery can only be termed as medical malpractice if a few legal tenets or standards are established. To begin with, we, your vision loss attorneys will determine whether a doctor-patient relationship existed. This will inform something called duty of care which you are entitled to as a patient, meant to keep you safe at all times. We will also show that were it not for the physician’s negligence (egg failing to keep blood pressure at a certain normal range, or failure to monitor your heart rate) you wouldn’t have developed post-operative vision loss. We must also prove that your injuries are compensable by way of damages, which can include things like loss of income earning capacity, lost wages, pain and suffering, cost of past and future medical care, and so much more. Ready to get started? Please contact our vision loss medical malpractice attorneys NOW at (773) 823-0298 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.