If you have sustained an eye injury through the negligence of your GP, surgeon, consultant, nurse or pharmacist you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence solicitors to begin your eye injury compensation claim. To start your free case evaluation contact us on 0333 577 9444, email [email protected] or complete our online form.
An eye injury could occur when the eye or the surrounding nerves or blood vessels are damaged through misdiagnosis or delay in treatment, mistakes or negligence during surgery or post-care and through prescription or medication errors.
The common symptoms of an eye injury could include:
- Acute or chronic pain
- Discomfort such as swelling and dry eyes
- Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, halos, light sensitivity, poor night vision
- Partial or complete loss of eye-sight
When making an eye injury compensation claim it is important to prove a direct link between the negligent medical care and the eye injury. The eye specialist involved in the surgery or procedure could have:
- Failed to explain the risks associated with a treatment or surgery e.g. LASEK, LASIK
- Failed to obtain adequate consent from the patient
- Failed to remedy the original eye condition or conducted the treatment to a poor standard, therefore causing a more serious complication, including loss of vision or vision problems
- Inserted a faulty eye lens
- Failed to diagnose, or diagnosed a serious eye condition late leading to loss of vision and possible blindness eg the late diagnosis of glaucoma or a detached retina.
Or there were serious delays in diagnosing and treating an eye condition and these delays have led to a significant loss of vision and even blindness eg. delays in diagnosing and treating glaucoma.
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An eye injury can occur when the eye or the surrounding nerves or blood vessels are damaged through misdiagnosis or delay in treatment, mistakes or negligence during surgery or post care and through prescription or medication errors.
Although thousands of successful operations and procedures are carried out throughout the NHS and private practices every year, mistakes can happen.
Richard Whittington, Chief Operating Officer with the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) explained some of the pressures facing the NHS eye services:
“With new treatments and technologies preventing and even reversing sight loss, eye health should be a strong story of success for the NHS. Yet while spending on eye health has almost doubled in the last 10 years, from £1.2 billion to £2.3 billion, hospital eye clinics are bursting at the seams.
Ophthalmology is now the largest speciality when looking at outpatient appointments. Attendance at eye clinics has rocketed and, with an ageing population and rising levels of obesity and diabetes, the demand on services and the levels of sight loss show no signs of relenting”.
The common medical errors or negligence associated with an eye injury include:
Opthalmic (eye) surgery is required to treat a number of conditions or to improve eye-sight. Surgery can be performed to:
- Improve eye-sight – Lasers are used by eye specialists to make adjustments to the internal structure of the eye. Various lasers are used such as LASIK, LASEK, PRK or Wavefront-guided LASIK surgery.
- Improve eye-sight by replacing the lens with an artificial one. Devonshires’ Claims is currently representing a number of clients who received lenses manufactured by Oculentis which are now said to be faulty.
- Cataract surgery – to remove a cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one.
- Diabetes complications – to repair damage to the blood vessels caused by diabetes, injections into the eye to treat diabetic retinopathy.
- Glaucoma treatment- Excess fluid in the eye leads to an increase in pressure which can damage the optic nerve and vision
- Surgery for retinal disorders including a detached retina
- Strabismus surgery (for squints)
- Eye disease in children and sight development impairments
Negligent eye surgery, treatment, lens replacement or other procedures could leave you with pain and lifelong visual impairment.
The compensation potentially available to eye injury victims could help you obtain:
- Corrective surgery or treatment
- Rehabilitation to improve the eye condition or your eye sight
- Help with medical expenses
- Help with travel expenses
- Support with your loss of earnings if your eye sight has been considerably damaged
To begin your eye or ophthalmic injury compensation claim it is advisable to contact a legal firm who specialises in eye injury claims and has successfully obtained compensation for its clients.
The following details should be prepared in support of your claims enquiry:
- The nature of your medical condition or eye treatment required
- The date of the surgery and the facility
- How the procedure / treatment was explained to you
- Details of the pain, discomfort or sight disorder
In Refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery, the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens.
If the procedure was carried our negligently by your surgeon and / or you received a defective or faulty eye lens, compensation could be available.
In order to claim compensation for negligent refractive lens exchange surgery, contact Devonshires Claims medical negligence experts today.
In 2014 and 2017, multinational pharmaceutical company, Oculentis issued field safety notices and recalled its intraocular lens product known as the LENTIS HydroSmart intraocular lens. Devonshires Claims is working with an increasing number of patients who were fitted with these faulty Oculentis lenses and as a consequence are now suffering problems with their vision.
If you had lens replacement surgery and received a faulty or defective Oculentis lens, you could be entitled to claim compensation. For further information on making an Ocutlentis compensation claim please click here.
Devonshires Claims medical negligence solicitors offer you:
- A free case evaluation
- Friendly, compassionate and experienced claims experts
- A No Win No Fee agreement i.e. you will not incur any costs if your claim is not successful*.
- Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers
- The expertise of an established firm who has successfully obtained thousands of pounds in compensation for victims of ophthalmic negligence.
For more information on our ‘No Win-No Fee’ agreement please click here.
Why choose Devonshires Claims Eye Injury Experts
Devonshires’ eye claims experts have successfully helped clients throughout the UK and Ireland obtain compensation for their eye injury. Whilst we work on all medical negligence cases, we also specialise in claims in the ophthalmic industry; we consider ourselves to be market leaders in dealing with eye injury compensation claims.
We have previously represented clients who have:
- Been fitted with faulty intraocular lenses
- Been misinformed as to the true risks of lens replacement/laser eye surgery
- Experienced complications following cataract surgery
- Had an eye infection, experienced blurry vision or loss of sight following a medical procedure
- Suffered eyesight problems following a delay in being referred for medical assessment
Our trusted legal advisers have successfully pursued compensation for individuals across the UK, including winning a landmark case against Optical Express where damages recovered were over £550,000.
Devonshires’ compensation experts have helped (or are helping) over 100 clients throughout the UK and Ireland obtain compensation for their eye injury on a No Win – No Fee basis. Our Medical Negligence Department is a leading team in the United Kingdom for claims relating to the eye and the Ophthalmic Industry and our successes have been featured in the national press. Call us today on 0333 577 9444, email [email protected] or complete our online form.