Eye Injury Claims

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

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Eye injury compensation

Sight is one of the most important senses and functions of the human body. It plays a vital role in everyday life, and without sight, even the most basic of tasks can become a real struggle. Often we elect to undergo procedures to improve our eyesight such as laser eye surgery, while other times surgery might be necessary to correct or cure an underlying eye condition. Procedures involving the eye can be particularly complex and need to be dealt with by specialist and well trained surgeons. They should be able to perform your procedure properly and with confidence. Any mistakes or errors may result in loss of vision, which can be totally devastating for the individual.

Whilst the majority of eye treatments are completed by the NHS successfully, unfortunately sometimes mistakes can occur, from delayed diagnosis to misdiagnosis and errors during treatment. These mistakes can be devastating.

An independent Watchdog report found that 22 patients per month go blind due to delayed Glaucoma diagnosis as a result of treatment delays caused by the pandemic. The average waiting time for patients who are seeking ophthalmology treatment on the NHS has also nearly doubled since the pandemic, rising from an average wait time of 9.5 weeks to 17.9 weeks. Appointment delays and difficulty accessing appointments can mean that patients could face avoidable eye complications and suffering.

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How can we help?

If an error has been made during eye surgery or any procedure involving the eyes, you could be entitled to compensation. Even if the error was minor and left you with unnecessary pain, you may be eligible to make a claim.

Sometimes mistakes in eye surgery can lead to partial loss of sight or even blindness. This can be temporary and leave you unable to work for a period of time, or permanent in which case you may not be able to return to work at all. You may also need assistance from friends and family or professional care. These are all things that the legal team at Patient Claim Line would look to include in your compensation claim.

Our medical negligence team at Patient Claim Line are leading experts when it comes to ensuring that you receive not only the compensation due for the pain and suffering you have experienced, but also any cost of future care you need or lost earnings, so that you can go on to rebuild your life with the financial security that a claim provides you with.

What are some examples of common eye injury compensation claims?

When it comes to making a claim for Ophthalmology there are a whole range of injuries that we deal with. Some of our most common claims include:

  • Delayed treatment or surgery
  • Misdiagnosis of eye conditions
  • Failed surgical procedures
  • Failure to diagnose conditions and diseases

What kind of complications can occur from eye injuries?

If you’ve suffered an eye injury due to medical negligence, or if you’ve received a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, it can have a devastating impact on your day-to-day life. Below are some of the complications that might occur from an eye injury or delayed treatment of an eye injury:

  • Scratched/infected/defected cornea – accidental scratching of the transparent cornea at the front of your eye can occur during checkups and routine procedures and can have a major impact upon your sight if not treated as soon as possible. It can also make your eye more prone to infection if left for some time, and be prone to ulceration.
  • Cataracts – if you suffer medical negligence during surgery for cataracts, this could have a lasting impact on your vision and cause significant distress.
  • Detached retina – a delay in the diagnosis of a detached or torn retina could lead to a deterioration of your vision, or a complete loss of vision.
  • Rubeotic glaucoma – a delay in the treatment of conditions such as rubeotic or neovascular glaucoma and can lead to a devastating loss in vision.
  • Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) – if left untreated, CRVO can lead to a total loss of vision.
  • Endogenous endophthalmitis – early diagnosis is key to this rare condition, which is sight-threatening and can be life-threatening in some cases.
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) – a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants. Clinical negligence cases often relate to inadequate screening, substandard reporting, or delayed treatment.

Am I eligible to make a claim?

Any suspected negligent error involving a procedure to your eyes may mean you are entitled to compensation, whether it has left you with temporary pain or with more permanent symptoms.

Patient Claim Line is here to advise you on this.

The best thing to do is get in touch with us and we will be able to advise you very quickly whether or not there is a claim. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a case, and all our claims are dealt with by specialist Medical Lawyers, on a strictly no win no fee basis.

How much compensation could I be entitled to for an eye injury claim?

Every medical negligence case is different, and it’s not easy to specify the amount of compensation you might receive. However, in general, the amount of compensation depends on the length of time you have suffered for, and of course the impact that the error has had on your daily life.

If you were unable to work, we will recover any lost earnings for any period you were absent as a result of what happened. You may have needed family and friends to help out, or even professional care, and our team will make sure their time is compensated for as well.

We achieved a settlement of £60,000 for 74-year old, Mary, who suffered a loss of vision when medical professionals failed to deal with her GP’s urgent referral. We also represented Mr Craig Rosendale, after the NHS failed to promptly arrange treatment for a central retinal vein occlusion. We helped him claim £50,000 in compensation.

Our specialist medical lawyers will use their experience to make sure that you receive every penny you are entitled to, including any losses you have suffered as a result of the negligence, to secure the amount of compensation you deserve.

How to make an eye injury claim

If you think you might have a claim for compensation, it’s important that you get in touch as soon as possible. In most cases, you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” to bring your claim for medical negligence. The “date of knowledge” is the date when you first became aware that a mistake had been made.

Submitting your claim for compensation is easy. You can contact our team of medical negligence experts either by phone or you can complete our online form.

‘No win no fee’ eye injury claims

At Patient Claim Line, we don’t want you to be put off by legal fees. We always work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, which means that if your claim isn’t successful, you won’t pay a penny.

As well as our fees (which are covered under our no win, no fee agreement), there are other costs that need to be covered. For example, we will need to pay for your medical records, and may need to get a specialist doctor to draft a report to show what went wrong, and what can be done to put things right.

We offer all our customers insurance which covers all these costs if the claim does not succeed. Most companies charge up to £900 for this insurance, but we, we offer this insurance at no cost to you. We also pay all these fees for you during the case. We will never ask for anything upfront and there are no hidden costs or surprises.

By choosing Patient Claim Line, you are guaranteed peace of mind at all times. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a claim and even if you don’t have a case, at least you will have asked the question and found out, and it will not have cost you anything. That’s a promise.

Speak to us today to start your ‘no win no fee’ eye injury claim.

Why choose Patient Claim Line for your eye injury claim?

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence – you need someone who knows this area through and through. We have a legal team of over 100 medical negligence experts, with a combined experience of over 400 years, working specifically in medical negligence law.

We understand the devastating effect that an eye injury can have on your life, and understand the impact it can have on your independence, relationships, work and your day-to-day life. Our support doesn’t end with the legal advice we provide; we’re here to listen to your experience and support you through the entire process.

Our experts have extensive experience in eye injury claims, as well as cases where a delay in treatment/referral has led to an avoidable loss of vision. If you think you’ve suffered due to failures in your care, speak to us today and with our help you can get the resolution you deserve.

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Meet the team

Georgia Briscoe

Georgia Briscoe
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation

Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.

Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.

Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.

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Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It's not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.


Meet the team

Georgia Briscoe

Georgia Briscoe
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation

Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.

Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.

Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.

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Bilal Qasim

Bilal Qasim
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Having joined Patient Claim Line in 2017, Bilal is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor with extensive experience in the medical negligence field. He has recently qualified as an internationally and nationally accredited mediator, recognised by the Civil Mediation Council, International Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bilal has been recognised for his excellent client work, having received the ‘Customer Award’ at our annual awards evening.

Having had continuous exposure to medical negligence claims throughout his career, Bilal has developed a large skillset, enabling him to bring matters to time-efficient, amicable solutions. Bilal completes a formal assessment of each case and strategically plans the progression of the case, ensuring all cases within his team run smoothly and that our customers receive the justice they deserve.

Bilal was also the recipient of the Customer Feedback Champion award in 2019.

 

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Jennifer Argent

Jennifer Argent
Medical Negligence Solicitor

Jennifer joined the team in 2018 with a wealth of experience of working in Medical Negligence in several firms across the North of England. As a Solicitor, Jennifer has an in-depth knowledge of the law and a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim. She works efficiently to achieve the best outcome for her customers. She has a wide range of experience within Medical Negligence and has particular expertise in delayed diagnoses of cancer, shoulder and eye injuries.

 

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Kate Goodman

Kate Goodman
Senior Litigation Executive

Admitted to the roll of Solicitors in 2016, Kate is a Senior Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. She handles cases through to settlement or issuing. Within the team she is responsible for corresponding with customers and experts to ensure cases are conducted in a proactive and effective manner. Kate provides support and guidance to the team to deliver an outstanding service to our customers.

 

 

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Sarah's Story

"Now we have peace of mind"

My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.

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