What might be grounds for an eye treatment compensation claim?
Eye treatment compensation claims may be made in cases where negligent treatment or failure to diagnose a pre-existing condition has resulted in damage to the eyes. As a complex and brilliant optical system, two fully functioning eyes can gauge depth of field, view life in brilliant colour, judge distance and speed, and co-ordinate the rest of the body for complex motor tasks like sporting activity. While incredibly complex, the eye is also quite fragile, which makes eye problems serious even in the most seemingly minor of accidents – particularly when damage is caused due to surgical negligence.
While most treatments are conducted to a high standard, unfortunately not all patients receive the service they deserve for their eye conditions. One case involved a 71-year-old diabetic woman who underwent eye surgery to address diabetic retinopathy in her left eye but was left blind in her opposite eye following poor operation aftercare, which did not diagnose a retinal detachment quick enough. By the time it was diagnosed, the condition of her right eye was inoperable, due to negligence on the part of the hospital: their lack of post-operative follow-up meant they failed to spot the symptoms of retinal detachment. This led to a delay in performing the necessary retinal detachment surgery before it was too late, and is an example of medical negligence which may warrant a claim.
What Eye Treatment Injuries May Be Claimed For?
There are over 100,000 laser eye surgery procedures carried out in the UK every year, as well as thousands of other eye operations for everything from cataract removal to injury treatment.
Most commonly, surgical action may be performed on the eye when patients experience eye problems such as:
- Night vision difficulties
- Corneal scarring
- Corneal infection
- Corneal haze (long term mistiness of vision)
- Ptosis (eye lid drooping)
- Over- or under- correction
- Symptoms of retinal detachment/retinal tear (requiring retinal detachment surgery)
- Impairment of vision or even blindness (in very rare cases)
Vision is precious and the optic nerve is sensitive, so should demand the very best care and treatment. Even small issues in the eye can make everyday life more challenging. In extreme cases eye surgery accidents can be devastating and life-altering, for both yourself and your loved ones. Any number of things may go wrong during surgery, from careless treatment damaging the optic nerve to poorly maintained or broken ophthalmic equipment causing an infection or blindness.
Our expert medical negligence team will fight hard to make sure that you receive the right compensation to make certain you get the support you need for the long-term.
Our solicitors can provide expert claim advice in a FREE consultation if you are unsure; simply call 01204 521 133.
How Much Will I Get?
Everyon’e’s claim is entirely different, so it is difficult to advise accurately. However, our Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator may provide a rough estimate of what you may receive. These estimates are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work.
‘No Win No Fee’
At Asons Solicitors, we have taken the risk out of making a claim for all of our clients, which is why over 98% of our claims are No Win No Fee. This way, we can allow everyone access to justice, regardless of their financial position. If you choose to make a claim with us, there are no upfront fees or unexpected costs, as we take on the risk for you.
More on ‘No Win, No Fee’ here.
Our Eye Treatment Compensation Claims Experience
At Asons, we deal with many compensation claims for eye injuries arising from negligent eye surgery and ophthalmic treatment every year. These complex medical negligence claims often occur following a misdiagnosis, or a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a serious eye condition, or negligent treatment during ophthalmic surgery. Where these errors occur, adverse outcomes may develop.
We have dealt with eye treatment compensation claims for cases where complications have arisen including:
- total blindness
- complete loss of an eye
- loss of sight in one eye
- varying levels of near-sightedness
- retinal detachment,
- posterior vitreous detachment
- double vision
- 4th nerve (trochlear nerve) injuries
Other cases of medical negligence relating to eye surgery might include:
- discharging patients without a diagnosis,
- delay in diagnosis of retinal tears
- misdiagnosis of conditions of the retina (such as retinal tears and detachment)
- negligent laser (lasik) surgery
- delay in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
Here at Asons Solicitors, we have seen how complications suffered from negligent eye treatment can enact severe and lasting emotional and physical damage on patients. Our eyesight is one of our most precious faculties, so to lose it or have it severely damaged by negligent medical treatment can be devastating.
For that reason, we assess our victim health and possible future treatment needs from the outset of ophthalmic claims, so that the compensation received is guaranteed to support the patient in the long term. With a wealth of experience gained over years of service, we are able to focus on the most important clinical and evidential matters from the outset. In using the greatest expertise available, we can ensure the greatest possible outcome for your ophthalmic negligence claim.
We know that victims and their families are often hesitant to come forward with their medical claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved to substantiate your claim.