Retinal Detachment Negligence Claims

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Retinal Detachment Negligence Claims

If you have experienced pain and suffering due to a delayed diagnosis or negligent treatment of retinal detachment, you may be entitled to compensation. At JMW, our team of expert solicitors are highly experienced in bringing successful negligence claims and can help you to secure the compensation to which you are entitled. 

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will help you every step of the way throughout the claims process offering support and lending our considerable expertise to help you to secure the outcome you deserve. 

Contact us for a free, no-obligation chat by calling 0345 872 6666 or allow us to call you back at a time that is suitable for you by completing our online enquiry form. We offer no win, no fee legal services.

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If your GP, optician or other medical professional spots the early signs of retinal detachment you should quickly be referred to a specialist ophthalmologist for treatment. An early diagnosis can play an important role in preserving or restoring eyesight. However, if medical negligence or malpractice 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 we can help by suing the NHS or a private practitioner on your behalf. Our clinical negligence team is recognised as one of the best in the UK. We are renowned for our professionalism and experience, having helped many people to successfully secure the compensation to which they are entitled. 

Our team, which is headed by leading medical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones, includes members of the Law Society’s specialist panel of clinical negligence solicitors and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors’ panel. 


What is retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment is a medical condition that, if not treated quickly and effectively, can have very serious consequences, including vision loss or 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 certain signs and symptoms that can warn patients that they may be at risk of a detached retina. 

What are the causes of a detached retina?

Retinal detachment is caused when the retina is pulled away from the blood vessels as a result of ageing. Another cause, although much less common, is a direct injury to the eye area. 

What are the symptoms of a detached retina?

Warning signs of a detached retina include: 

  • Black dots or specks (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.  

How is a detached retina treated?

Retinal detachment should be treated as quickly as possible in order to give the patient the best chance of keeping some or all 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. 

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Find out more about how our retinal detachment solicitors can help you make a successful no win, no fee claim by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call.

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