Whatt o do about malpractice regarding my upper eyelid sugery?

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Whatt o do about malpractice regarding my upper eyelid sugery?

I had the surgery prefomed a little over 1 1/2 years ago due to loose skin hindering my vision. You can see that the surgeon did the incission in the wrong area of the eyelid which left me with more loose skin; even worse, I have loose tear glands that are so visible that you can move them around from just touching them with your finger. I can’t see anything to the right due to the bulge in my right eye; it’s so bad that I can’t find a surgeon in my city willing to try to correct the problem (although they do recognize that I have one). They just keep referring me to surgeons other than themselves.

Asked on April 9, 2012 under Malpractice Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you describe, you likely suffered malpractice--malpractice is  providing medical care that does not meet accepted standards, and performing surgery or making an incision in the wrong place is almost by definition malpractice. If you did suffer malpractice, you can potentially recover the medical costs to correct  it, as well as pain and suffering for disability or disfigurement (like visible tear glands or not beinig able to see out of part of your visual field). From what  you write, it would be well worth it for you to consult with a medical malpractice attorney--you may well have a viable legal claim. If you wish to  explore this, do not hesitate; the statute of limitations, or time to bring a lawsuit, in Pennsylvania for malpractice  is only two years. If you let too much time go by, you will be precluded from suing.


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