Make an Ophthalmic Claim

Although there is not a huge proportion of eye negligence claims, ophthalmic negligence can be devastating to the patient.

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. 

Interestingly, one-third of ophthalmic claims are related to cataracts.

We are experienced in dealing with all types of ophthalmic injury claims as a result of surgical errors and negligence.

Common types of ophthalmic claims

In particular, ophthalmic claims tend to arise from:

  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, surgical errors in cataract surgery
  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration
  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, various conditions such as a retinal tear or retinal detachment
  • Children’s ophthalmology claims
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Oculoplastics (lacrimal and orbital)
  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, cancer
  • Delay in or inappropriate ophthalmic treatment
  • Radial keratotomy
  • Other surgical errors, including problems with laser eye surgery

If you believe you have experienced any one of the above forms of ophthalmic negligence, we encourage you to speak to an expert member of the Medical Negligence Solutions team.

Do you have an ophthalmic claim?

When confirming whether you have a medical negligence claim, two key questions are asked:

  • Was there a breach of duty?
  • Was the breach of duty the cause of your pain or loss?

A breach of duty occurs when the patient received below the expected standard of care for a medical professional, while causation requires the pain/loss to be caused as a result of the negligence (rather than the underlying condition).

Speak to a Medical Negligence expert

If you suspect negligence has been at play during your ophthalmic care, we urge you to get in touch.

Remember, if you think something has gone wrong during your care, you lose nothing by speaking to a professional. 

Our initial consultations are free and carry no obligation and the majority of our compensation cases are offered on a no win no fee basis.

We will guide you through the complex legal process with ease and confidence. Simply phone to book your free initial consultation today: 0300 303 3634.

Frequently asked questions

How much time will I need to dedicate to my claim?

It is really up to you. You can choose to be very involved or leave the daily running of the claim entirely to us. At all stages, we will keep you fully informed on the progress of your case. In most cases, you will likely need to attend an appointment with a medical expert. You will also need to answer any questions we may have on your treatment and sign relevant paperwork. Otherwise you can leave the time consuming process of settling your case to us.

One of our key priorities when starting a medical negligence claim is to seek an expert medical opinion and get a medical report. This report will include any recommendations for treatment and care. We will assist you in getting the care you need and seek to recover the costs from the defendant, either at the end of the claim or by way of an interim payment.