At Lime Solicitors we understand the devastating impact damage to your vision can have on your way of life. It can be a huge challenge to adjust and learn to cope without your normal eyesight. Even everyday things you take for granted can be affected or lost forever.
Although nothing can ever truly compensate you for the damage to your sight, we will fight on your behalf to make sure you get the help and resources you’re entitled to.
What is ophthalmic negligence?
Ophthalmic negligence claims relate to an injury to the eye which can cause a prolonged disease or even a permanent disability such as blindness. You may have a claim if an optician, the NHS, a private consultant or your GP has acted against the interests of your health or failed to act at all. Mistakes can arise at different stages including pre/post diagnosis, monitoring or at the surgical stage. If you have received substandard care and have suffered an injury as a result, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Examples of ophthalmic negligence claims:
We are medical negligence and personal injury specialists. That means we can help with any ophthalmic negligence or eye injury claims. Common examples of the types of claim we handle are:
- Cataract surgery including consenting to procedure
- Disease of the cornea
- Failure to diagnose diabetic retinopathy
- Eye related neurological problems
- Mismanagement of an eye infections/ eye injuries
- Failure to diagnose/ treat glaucoma
- Laser eye treatment
- Retinal detachment surgery
- Failure by an optician or GP to refer a patient to hospital
- Failure to diagnose macular degeneration
- Delay in diagnosis of eye cancer
- Damage to optic nerve during surgery
- Failure to appropriately consent a patient for a procedure
- Failure to diagnose children’s eye problem including squints correction of ptosis and minor lacrimal disorders
How much compensation could I claim for my eye injury?
To ensure compensation achieves its goal of returning you, as far as a monetary award can, to the condition you were in before the incident it’s always assessed on a case by case basis.
The compensation award will take many things into account including:
- Pain and suffering – known as “General Damages”
- Out of pocket expenses, including those that will be incurred in the future – known as “Special Damages”.
We will of course advise you at each stage as to the prospects and value of your claim.
General damages for eye injuries and ophthalmic negligence
Compensation awards for pain and suffering are assessed according to the Judicial Court Guidelines. These guidelines take into account the severity of the injury, the time taken to recover from the injury and for loss of amenity. The guideline amounts range from £1,500, for transient injuries with a full recovery within a few weeks, to over £200,000 for complete blindness.
Special damages for eye injuries and ophthalmic negligence
Compensation can also be claimed for expenses incurred as a direct result of your injury. This includes expenses that will be incurred in the future such as ongoing medical care.
Special damages can cover items such as:
- medical expenses
- travel expenses
- loss of income – including for time off work to recover and if you’re no longer able to work
- specialist equipment
- care and rehabilitation
We’ll advise you on what you are to able to claim for to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled
No win, no fee ophthalmic negligence claims
We handle most of our claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs for you and, provided that you have not misled or acted against our advice, there will be no financial risk to you – even if your claim is not successful.
How do I make an ophthalmic negligence claim?
The first step is to speak to us for a free consultation. We’ll listen to your story and give you an honest assessment of the prospects of your cases.
If you decide to go ahead with your claim we’ll talk you through your funding options to find the best one for you. Most of our clients prefer to fund their case on a no win, no fee basis.
Once instructed our team will support and guide you throughout your claim.
Why Choose Lime Solicitors?
We are medical negligence specialists and our team of lawyers are rated as Tier 1 by Chambers 2017. Our Partners are recognised by the Law Society as being specialists in their field, and both are on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.
We are passionate about what we do and are committed to ensuring we help in the maintenance of a safe and caring healthcare system.
Our ophthalmic negligence experts
Maryam pursues claims solely on behalf of Claimants who have suffered as a result of medical negligence by various healthcare providers. She has a particular interest in cases involving ophthalmic issues and has attended a specialist AVMA course to broaden her knowledge within this area.
Maryam has a variety of ophthalmic negligence claims to include delay in diagnosis of glaucoma against an optician and hospital Trust and delay in diagnosis of eye cancer.
A former client comments: ‘Lime, and in particular Maryam, stuck with me on a complex claim which was eventually settled out of court. At each stage of the process they were friendly, polite, showed great discretion and are certainly one of the most professional outfits – legal or otherwise – I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. It’s worth stating that I found Maryam’s resourcefulness reassuring as we navigated delays and what I assume were clever moves on the part of the defence. Notably, they were always able to keep me in the picture and provide a clear summary of what was happening at every stage. This was so useful for someone like me who doesn’t know the ins & outs of the legal process (although I now feel much more versed in its intricacies!) I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lime to anyone and would use their services again in a heartbeat.’
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of negligent eye treatment you may be able to bring and ophthalmic (eye) negligence compensation claim. To discuss the potential of bringing a compensation claim please call our clinical and medical negligence lawyers on freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.