Eye Injury Claims

We have supported clients bringing claims involving blindness and visual impairment, whether due to sub-standard medical treatment or following an accident, for many decades.

Examples of the sort of cases we have experience investigating include:

  • Avoidable loss of vision caused by delays in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma
  • Failure to diagnose and treat retinopathy of prematurity, immediately following birth
  • Total blindness resulting from severe brain damage caused at birth due to oxygen deprivation (asphyxia)
  • Sub-standard cataract surgery
  • Sub-standard laser eye procedures

In addition, we have vast knowledge and experience of handling claims involving blindness and visual impairment, whether due to sub-standard medical treatment or following an accident including:

  • Failure to refer to rheumatology for diagnosis and treatment of giant cell arteritis
  • Delayed diagnosis of corneal ulcer
  • Personal injury claims involving eye trauma

We have established links with the very best medico-legal experts in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry. We have also developed a close relationship with the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) for whom members of our team have campaigned to improve ophthalmic healthcare standards and regularly volunteer for.

How we work with you

Loss of vision is a terrifying experience. Our clients and their families need our help and support in holding others to account and obtaining compensation where there has been a negligent cause. We are there to guide our clients through the process.  If successful, we aim to secure the best possible future financial support to make provision for items such as an enabling care package, the most advanced technological aids and appliances, and a home that has been adapted to maximise available light and/or space (where appropriate).

Claims involving ophthalmic injury can often depend on a single piece of evidence that is not always collectable from the most obvious source. In cases involving glaucoma, it is sometimes not readily apparent when preventable but irreversible optic nerve damage first started occurring. Obtaining and preserving earlier medical records (including colour photographs and eye imaging) from all relevant sources can be absolutely crucial. Failure to identify and include this evidence can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful claim. Our past skill, experience, and collaboration with renowned experts in this field has sometimes proved to be that difference.

We advise and support our clients (and their families) through the litigation process every step of the way.

 

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