Laser eye surgery, also known as ‘refractive surgery’ or ‘vision correction’, is one of the most common surgical procedures to take place in the UK today, and advances in technology make it a standard choice for those with poor eyesight, alongside the traditional glasses or contact lenses.

Like any surgery, things can go wrong and rather than coming out of the procedure with 20-20 vision, there’s a chance that medical negligence on the part of your surgeon or the hospital means you’re left with no change or poorer sight.

If that happens, it is your right to claim for compensation.

Skip to a section below:

What is laser eye surgery Negligence?

Is laser eye surgery safe?

How much compensation can I get?

Do I need to go to court for laser eye surgery compensation?

How can Cute Injury help?

What is No Win No Fee?

How do I start my claim?

How can laser eye surgery go wrong? What is laser eye surgery negligence?

The refractive surgery procedure requires a steady hand and practiced skill. Using the advanced technology, surgeons slice a small flap in the outer layer of the cornea and reshape the inner part of the cornea with the aim of improving the patient’s vision.

Procedures this delicate involve a great level of concentration and care on the part of the surgeon, as well as ensuring the equipment is well-maintained and up-to-date, with advances in the field making safer and more accurate technology available each year.

If the surgeon performs the operation badly, or if the laser equipment is not properly serviced and maintained, then it is possible to suffer laser eye damage and you may find yourself wanting to make a claim for eye injury compensation due to cosmetic surgery negligence.

If you have been a victim of laser eye surgery gone wrong, then Cute Injury are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

The law in the UK states that if you are made to suffer due to the negligence or lack of care of another, that you should be properly and reasonably compensated.

Where possible, the aim is to return you to the state you were in prior to the incident (for example, providing the treatment required to return your sight) but when that is not possible, a financial award is given to somewhat mitigate the level of suffering.

Is laser eye surgery safe?

At Cute Injury we spend our time dealing with the situations that went wrong – helping the victims of medical negligence receive the compensation that is their right.

However, that does not mean that the vast majority of laser eye surgery procedures are not completely successful – they are!

According to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, more than 95% of people who've had refractive surgery are happy with the results.

How much compensation can I claim as a laser eye surgery victim? 

Suffering from medical negligence that leads to a loss of eyesight, whether partial or complete, entitles you to a financial award. The amount of that award will be calculated based on a number of factors that include:

  • The level of pain and suffering you have endured
  • The future impact that the loss of sight will have
  • Any loss of earnings caused due to the negligence
  • Costs of any required equipment, home changes or other factors needed to maintain a quality of life
  • Expenses incurred for medical treatment to put the damage right

The courts use a set of national guidelines when determining the value of compensation that can be awarded in order to maintain a national standard and prevent unfairness.

Those guidelines are also used by any personal injury lawyers and defendant solicitors in forming any out-of-court settlement.

For laser eye surgery compensation awards, they state:

  • Complete blindness: up to £214,210 
  • Sight loss in only one eye, plus reduced vision in the other: between £50,970 and £143,270
  • Total loss of sight in one eye: from £7,270 up to £43,710
  • Minor eye injuries: from £3,150 to £6,960
  • Transient eye injuries (at this level, the injured person usually recovers in a few weeks): from £1,760 to £3,150

The above compensation brackets have been provided by the Judicial College’s Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases (2017).

It is important to know that each case is assessed separately, and the compensation payout will depend on the exact circumstances of that particular case – so the payout could actually fall below or above the brackets above. They are just rough guidelines – you may receive more or less for your personal injury case.

Will I need to go to court to personally claim for laser eye surgery compensation?

Most laser eye surgery negligence claims in the UK are settled out of court by the legal representation of the parties involved.

If an agreement can be reached without requiring the final adjudication of a court, then it is preferable in almost all cases – and in this case, you will not be required to personally appear in court.

However, if an agreement cannot be reached, then it will be necessary to schedule a court appearance and you will usually be required to attend.

How can Cute Injury help me?

At Cute Injury, we specialise in personal injury claims that have a medical component. This means we have a team of medical negligence experts with decades of combined experience in the field, able to successfully win complex negligence cases against established medical professionals and their legal teams.

Making a claim for medical negligence can be complicated. The defending party is likely to want to mitigate their fault in the claim for many reasons, not least that it impacts their reputation. Consequently, the level of legal scrutiny that is undertaken by both parties is significantly higher than a simpler personal injury claim where the situation is more clean-cut.

Cute Injury have a dedicated team of medical specialists who will work with absolute dedication to bring the case to a satisfactory close.

What is No Win No Fee?

We believe that everyone has the right to experienced and professional legal counsel. Due to the high cost of lawyers and the considerable number of hours that must be put into a successful compensation case, the resulting costs for specialised time can be considerable.

In the past, this has meant that legitimate cases for financial compensation have gone unawarded, as the victims have been unable to muster the required capital in order to begin a legal process.

With our No Win No Fee compensation lawyers, people from all walks of life are given the same legal strength as those with deeper resources.

We take no payment from you throughout the process and tie our success in with your own. If we win the case (and a huge amount of the time, we do), then we take our fee as a modest percentage from the final compensation award.

By working together for a common desired outcome, it ensures that we dedicate our time and resources to your case without reservation.

In the unlikely situation that we don’t win the case, then you pay nothing. There are no hidden charges and there’s no small print. No Win No Fee means exactly that – if you don’t win, there’s no fee.

How do I start my compensation claim?

Give Cute Injury a call now or fill in our contact form to have one of our specialised and compassionate advisors call you at a time that’s more convenient for you.

It is important to not let too much time develop between the time of the surgery and the initiation of the compensation claim, so don’t delay – call today!

CALL US FREE ON 08000 10 60 66 or use our CLAIM CALCULATOR

Cute Injury can help you begin your potential claim, get in touch with us today

Copyright © 2019 Cute Injury, All rights reserved. This site uses cookies to improve your browsing experience. By using this site you consent to our use of cookies.