Eye Surgery Claims | Eye Surgery Medical Negligence | Compensation

Eye Surgery Claims

Your eyesight is one of your most important senses. When faced with eye surgery, such as cataract surgery, any complication could lead to impaired eyesight or even blindness. If you have suffered loss of sight at the hands of a medical practitioner during an ophthalmic treatment on the NHS or from a private clinic, contact Thompson & Co today. We are here to help guide you with your eye surgery negligence claim.

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What Are Medical Eye Surgery Claims?

Many different types of eye surgeries are carried out frequently by ophthalmic surgeons and success rates are extremely high, however, with any type of surgery there is always a potential risk that a patient may face a complication at the hands of the surgeon or medical team. 

If a mistake is made during the eye surgery due to medical negligence, then it can have serious consequences by making an existing condition worse or in the worst case scenario, complete loss of vision. If you have suffered a life-changing eye condition due to medical negligence or any sort of medical malpractice during eye surgery, you may be eligible to make an eye surgery negligence claim for compensation.

Types Of Eye Surgeries That Can Lead To An Eye Surgery Negligence Claim

Some of the most common eye surgeries that are carried out on the NHS and in private healthcare include:

  • Cataract surgery – A cataract is where a cloudy area in the lens of someone’s eye forms that makes vision impaired. The surgery involves a surgeon removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial one.
  • Corneal transplant – This surgery is for patients with a damaged cornea and involves removing the damaged part of the cornea and replacing it with healthy donor tissue.
  • Blepharoplasty – This type of eye surgery to repair droopy eyelids and is more for cosmetic purposes. The surgeon will make a small incision to remove skin and muscle to remove or reposition the fat.
  • Lasik (laser in-situ keratomileusis) – This is a form of laser eye surgery which changes the shape of the cornea to help improve vision for patients who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
  • Retina surgeries – Multiple kinds of retina surgeries are all used to repair damaged or detached retina where some surgeries could be combined together.

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Time Limits

 You normally only have 3 years to start Court Proceedings from the date that you knew or could reasonably have been expected to have known that you had suffered injury due to something a doctor or nurse had done or had failed to do. There may be some circumstances in which a court may allow a claim to proceed after the 3 year time limit has expired however we highly recommend that you pursue making a claim as soon as possible should you feel that negligence has occurred.

Medical Expert Evidence

During your claim, it will be necessary for us to obtain evidence from a medical practitioner to confirm that amputation would not have occurred or been required without negligent treatment occurring.

Making a Compensation Claim With Thompson & Co

We will usually deal with your claim on a No-Win-No-Fee basis unless we identify a more suitable method of funding your claim that you wish to use. You will not have to enter into any credit agreements.

If your Claim is Unsuccessful

  •     you will not have to pay our costs
  •     We will usually arrange an insurance policy so that you do not have to pay any disbursements (medical report fees, court fees etc) incurred on your behalf. You will not have to pay for the insurance policy if you are unsuccessful.

You will therefore not have to pay anything if you lose your claim.

If your claim is successful you will usually be able to recover part or all of our costs and disbursements from your opponent.

You will pay out of your compensation

  •     any shortfall in costs that we are unable to recover from your opponent
  •     and disbursements that we are unable to recover from your opponent
  •     Our success fee
  •     The premium for the insurance

we will however cap the amount you have to pay out of your compensation at a maximum of 25% of the compensation recovered. You will therefore receive a minimum of 75% of any compensation recovered in your claim.

We charge a success fee to reflect the risk we take when we make our fees conditional upon the success of your claim. The success fee we charge allows us to indicate to clients that we will not charge them for our work if they are unsuccessful with their claim

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Losses

Keep a record of any financial losses you have suffered as a result of medical negligence. This will include for example any wage slips or P60s. You should also keep any receipts for other losses which may include

  •     The cost of medical treatment or medication
  •     Damage to clothing
  •     Loss of earnings
  •     Travel expenses to and from your GP or Hospital for treatment
  •     Care and assistance someone has had to give you because of your injuries

 We can discuss this with you in person or by phone, email or by video call online such as Zoom, Facetime or Teams. Get in touch today

One of our Senior Solicitors will be responsible for your case allowing you to ask questions and ensure you are fully at ease with the options and progress of your claim. You remain in control of your claim.

If you or a family member has suffered injury due to medical negligence then speak to a member of our team today. Seek expert advice from our solicitors who are highly experienced in eye injury medical negligence claims.

We are able to help with your claim on a no-win-no-fee basis. We will advise you at each stage of your claim and will support you throughout the claim process.

Enquire today using an online contact form on our website or by calling a member of our team now.

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