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Eye Injury Compensation Claims
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. In these circumstances, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the suffering that you have faced due to medical negligence.
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WHAT IS AN EYE INJURY CLAIM?
An eye injury includes any injury that has directly affected your eyes, including the eye socket, as well as muscles and ligaments connected to the eye. Eye injuries can range in severity, from total blindness to a less severe injury that should heal within a given time frame.
Eye injury claims arise when an injury occurs due to medical negligence such as inadequate medical care or even negligent surgery that led to the unexpected worsening of the condition or caused the injury itself. 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.
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.
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.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
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 eye injury 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?
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.
However, every medical negligence case is different, and it’s not easy to specify the amount of compensation you might receive. 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.
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 with a medical negligence expert 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 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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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.
Frequently asked questions about Eye injury compensation
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Eye injury compensation
Meet our medical negligence team
Director of Medical Negligence
Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.
Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations
Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.
Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.
Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.
Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department. She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.
Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work. She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people. Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.
One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area. Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.
Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council.
Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.
Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.
He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.
Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.
JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.
RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.
JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.
CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.
WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.
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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.