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Ophthalmology Compensation Claims
If you have received substandard treatment for a health issue involving your eyes and vision, you may be entitled to make an ophthalmology compensation claim. JMW is here to provide expert legal support and advice through every stage of this process.
Making an ophthalmology claim can help you to secure the compensation to which you are entitled following medical malpractice, helping you move on with your life. At JMW, our solicitors have many years of experience in winning compensation for victims of clinical negligence by suing the NHS and will assist you in putting together a strong case.
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How JMW Can Help
At JMW, we have supported clients on a wide variety of ophthalmology claims, including those whose vision has been reduced or lost due to a delay in diagnosis or referral to a specialist.
Some of the areas we specialise in include:
- Cataract treatment claims
- Glaucoma treatment claims
- Retinal detachment claims
- Temporal arteritis claims
- Wet AMD claims
Our clinical negligence solicitors are highly experienced in helping people who have suffered due to malpractice on the part of a medical professional who should have provided a reasonable standard of care.
We understand how distressing these experiences can be and how complex the process of making a legal claim by suing the NHS might seem. This is why we will always take a professional and proactive approach and support you throughout your case from beginning to end.
Our clinical negligence team is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones and is highly regarded throughout the UK. It includes members of both the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.
Malcolm Spencer's Story
JMW provided legal representation for wet AMD sufferer Malcolm Spencer after his condition was mishandled by medical professionals, resulting in the deterioration of his vision.
Watch our video case study to see how we have helped Mr Spencer.
Jason was a professional artist and owned his own gallery. When he was 50 years old he began to lose some vision in his left eye and a hole in the retina (back of the eye) was diagnosed.
Bryony Doyle, an associate in JMW's specialist clinical negligence team, secured £80,000 for a father who lost central vision in an eye due to the failure of a hospital to arrange treatment.
How to Make a Claim for Ophthalmology Negligence
If anything goes wrong during your eye treatment, you could end up seriously injured or even suffering from vision loss. This is why access to expert legal advice is essential in order to lessen the impact that such a mistake can have on your everyday life.
If you think you may have fallen victim to clinical negligence and may be eligible for compensation, our specialist solicitors are on hand to discuss your options with you. We will investigate the circumstances of your claim, consulting the relevant medical reports and speaking to independent medical experts to build a strong case in your favour.
We will always aim to settle the claim at the earliest opportunity to help you move on with your life, and will work to obtain interim payments wherever possible to help pay for any immediate care you may require.
What is ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that concerns the medical and surgical management of the health of the eyes. Those who specialise in medical and surgical eye problems are called ophthalmologists, and it is their job to diagnose, treat and prevent eye disorders, as well as looking after the patient’s vision in general.
An ophthalmologist will typically treat conditions such as:
- Cataracts - a condition that sees the lens of the eye lose transparency
- Glaucoma - occurs when there is an increase in fluid pressure inside the eyes
- Corneal pathology - a category of diseases affecting the front of the eyeball (the cornea)
- Inflammation within the eye
- Problems of the retina, including detachment, tears and bleeding
- Temporal arteritis - a condition in which the arteries in the temples become inflamed, resulting in vision problems
- Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - a condition affecting the central part of a person’s vision
What are the different types of ophthalmology surgery?
Ophthalmology can involve many different types of surgery, including:
- Glaucoma surgery
- Cataract surgery
- Corneal transplants
- Surgery to fix retinal disorders
- Surgery relating to the eye socket
- Cosmetic surgery around the eye
These surgical methods generally deliver positive outcomes for patients, but unfortunately in a small minority of cases errors can occur during treatment, resulting in injury or vision loss. When this happens as a result of clinical negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.