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Retinal Detachment Negligence Claims
If you have suffered due to delayed diagnosis or negligent treatment of retinal detachment, you may be in a position to make a claim with JMW. Our team of expert solicitors is highly experienced in bringing successful negligence claims and can help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled, helping to make a positive difference to your life following what could have been an avoidable injury.
Our retinal detachment solicitors will provide all of the support and guidance you need. We will support you throughout your case, lending our considerable expertise to help you get the outcome you deserve. Simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or allow us to call you back by completing our online enquiry form.
Retinal detachment is a medical condition that, if not treated correctly and promptly, can have very serious consequences, such as vision loss and even blindness. It occurs when the retina (the thin lining at the back of the eye) starts to come away from the blood vessels supplying it with oxygen and nutrients.
It typically only occurs in one eye and if left untreated, will lead to the deterioration of sight in the eye. However, there are often certain signs and symptoms to warn patients that they may be at risk of a detached retina. These include:
- Black dots or specks (also known as floaters) appearing across the field of vision of the affected eye
- One large 'floater' or a 'cobweb' effect of little ones across the eye
- Blurred vision
- Short, sudden flashes of light in the affected eye
If you experience any of these warning signs, it is important to seek medical attention straight away; failure to do so can lead to the worsening of vision and what many patients describe as a 'black curtain' spreading across their eye. In some instances, retinal detachment may be missed or misdiagnosed by a medical professional, leading to the worsening of your condition. In such instances, compensation may be sought for the preventable damage done.
If your GP, optician or other medical professional spots early signs of retinal detachment, you should be quickly referred to a specialist ophthalmologist for treatment. An early diagnosis can play an important role in preserving or restoring eyesight; however, if medical negligence occurs and this does not happen, the consequences can be severe.
Examples of such negligence can include:
- Failure to diagnose retinal detachment
- Failure to treat retinal detachment
- Failure to refer to the appropriate specialist
- Failure to identify retinal breaks
If you have suffered due to any such negligence on the part of a medical professional, contact the solicitors at JMW to find out more about claiming retinal detachment compensation.
The most common cause of retinal detachment is the retina pulling away from the blood vessels simply as a result of ageing, with the retina becoming thinner as time passes. Another cause, although much less common, is a direct injury to the eye area.
Retinal detachment should be treated as quickly as possible in order to give the patient the best chance of keeping all or some of their eyesight. The problem can usually be rectified by the patient undergoing surgery, although full recovery from such an operation can take a number of months. Given the intricacy of the surgery required, it is imperative that this is performed correctly; if you have suffered due to poor surgical technique, you may be in a position to make a claim.
JMW's clinical negligence team is regarded as one of the very best in the UK. We are known for our professionalism and experience, having helped many people successfully secure the compensation to which they are entitled.
Our team - headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones - includes both members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel.