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Ophthalmic Claims

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Although it does not give rise to large numbers of clinical negligence claims, the consequences of errors in the management and treatment of eye conditions can be devastating to the patient, leading to a significant deterioration in quality of life and impacting school, work, and retirement.

Of the 1,254 ophthalmology claims reported between April 2013 and April 2018, a quarter of these involved cataract surgery but vitreoretinal surgery also led to about 10% of claims and the most frequent failures were delays in diagnosis and treatment.

We are experienced in dealing with all types of ophthalmic injury claims, whether as a result of surgical errors, delays, or misdiagnosis and we understand how serious damage to eyesight can be.

Examples of ophthalmic claims

Claims for ophthalmological negligence, whether involving adults or children, tend to arise from:

  • Failure to carry out eye surgery competently
  • Failure to monitor an eye condition adequately
  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, surgical errors in cataract surgery
  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, diseases such as glaucoma, endophthalmitis, or macular degeneration
  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, various conditions such as a retinal tear or retinal detachment
  • Delay in providing, or inappropriate, ophthalmic treatment
  • Other errors, including problems with laser eye surgery

Speak to a Medical Negligence expert

If you believe you have experienced any of the above forms of ophthalmic negligence and have required additional treatment or suffered permanent damage as a result, we encourage you to speak to an expert member of the Medical Negligence Solutions team.

Remember, if you think something has gone wrong during your care, you lose nothing by speaking to a professional.

Our initial consultations are free and carry no obligation and the majority of our compensation cases are offered on a no-win no-fee basis.

We will guide you through the complex legal process with compassion and confidence.

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