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Ophthalmic Claims

Have you suffered visual impairment or injury due to an eye operation or procedure that went wrong? If your condition worsened, or you Ophthalmic Negligencesuffered some form of injury due to negligence, our expert ophthalmic claims solicitors are in a position to help you recover compensation for your suffering on a no win no fee basis. Finding out whether you qualify couldn’t be easier. Simply complete the 2-minute application form online to arrange a free review of your claim, and we’ll contact you at your convenience to discuss your entitlement.

On the whole, surgery for the treatment of hyperopia, myopia and cataracts is successful, giving patients who have previously suffered severe sight issues a new lease of life. Occasionally, however, the actions or negligence of an ophthalmic specialist cause a patient’s condition to worsen, sometimes leading to sight problems which are, unfortunately, irreversible. In these circumstances, ophthalmic claims may be made against the specialist, or hospital responsible.

Some example of the most common errors that might lead to an ophthalmic negligence claim include:

• Failure to accurately diagnose retinal detachment.
• Misdiagnosis of macular degeneration or glaucoma.
• Errors during laser surgery leading to corneal ectasia/ scarring.
• Failure on the part of an optician to refer a patient.
• Incorrect operation of laser equipment during eye surgery.
• Delays or errors in diagnosing cancer.
• Failure to warn of the possible side effects of laser surgery.
• Errors during surgery causing further retinal/ corneal damage.
• Poor standards of post-operative care and treatment.
• Wrongly prescribed medication or treatment.
• Errors whilst administering anaesthetic.

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of common eye complaints, including long and short sightedness. Some of the most common eye disorders treated by ophthalmologists are age-related, specifically cataracts, astigmatism and glaucoma. We’re fortunate in the UK that ophthalmic medicine as a whole has come a long way during the past three decades, however, even advances in technology cannot always prevent human error.

Have you suffered due to errors made by your clinician or ophthalmic practitioner? If you believe your condition has worsened, or you have suffered injury following a surgical procedure, our medical negligence solicitors can offer the necessary guidance if you’re thinking about filing an injury claim. Please use our secure call-back form on the right to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.

Ophthalmic Negligence

Claims attributed to ophthalmic negligence are rare in the UK, with less than 5% of all patients treated suffering adverse injury or infection following a procedure. Unfortunately, of this percentage, nearly half of those treated suffer to such a degree, their sight is impaired permanently. All surgeries carry some degree of risk to the patient. By law, a patient must be made aware of these risks before informed consent may be sought. Ophthalmologists also have a duty of responsibility to ensure patients are suitable candidates for surgery by analysing medical records, and conducting a full medical assessment prior to treatment. Any failure to satisfy these basic legal obligations, which results in injury to a patient, are suitable grounds upon which ophthalmic claims for compensation can be brought.

Ophthalmic Injury Claims

Ophthalmic medicine is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of eye complaints and degenerative conditions. A large proportion of claims are made for complications following cataract surgery, however, may also be filed for injuries arising from laser surgery procedures. Some of the most common conditions we encounter that are caused by ophthalmic negligence include:

• Macular degeneration
• Detachment of the retina
• Corneal ectasia or scarring
• Blurred vision, commonly associated with astigmatism.
• Full and partial sight loss.
• Blepharitis
• Surgical site infection
• Advanced myopia/ hyperopia
• Premature retinopathy
• Ghost vision and light halos
• Worsening of a condition such as myopia or hyperopia.
• Blindness

No Win No Fee Ophthalmic Injury Claims Solicitors

Any injury that results in your sight being compromised can be challenging, not to mention utterly terrifying if there is no guaranteed prognosis for full recovery. Naturally there will be some important lifestyle changes you’ll have to make, such as giving up work or modifying your home, which can come at considerable cost to you and your family. Our solicitors can sympathise with the anxiety this is bound to cause you and your family, not to mention the inconvenience if you need time off work to recover. We’re committed to helping you at this difficult time, providing necessary support and legal guidance should you decide to proceed with a claim.

Because we work on a no win no fee basis, you can approach us secure in the knowledge there’ll never be any legal fees payable on your part, or any deductions to your compensation. We recover our own costs from the party at fault, meaning you will receive 100% of any compensation we recover.

If you think you may have grounds for an ophthalmic negligence claim, contact our medical negligence solicitors in the first instance for advice based on the merits of your case. You can get in touch with us via free claim helpline number, or by submitting an enquiry online if you’d prefer to arrange a call-back.