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Blindness, visual impairment or partial sight-loss can be devastating. Loss of eyesight affects every aspect of the person’s life, limiting their independence and self-confidence, mobility, communication, ability to work, socialise and enjoy leisure pursuits. 

Where someone has lost their sight as a result of medical negligence, such as an avoidable mistake by an ophthalmologist or optician, a surgeon, a doctor or a series of errors by a medical team, they may be entitled to claim compensation.

What is ophthalmology?

Ophthalmology is the area of medicine relating to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of eye disease so that the patient stays healthy and is able to see. Ophthalmologists are medically trained doctors and surgeons who care for patients with eye conditions.

Compensation claims for blindness can arise from mistakes by other types of doctor or healthcare team if their negligence resulted in the patient’s blindness or visual impairment.

Blindness may be caused by delayed or incorrect treatment of a patient’s eye condition, such as glaucoma or retinal detachment. It can also be the result of medical negligence resulting in brain injury, such as from oxygen deprivation during surgery or childbirth, kernicterus, neonatal hypoglycaemia, undiagnosed brain tumour, or other types of neurological injury, such as stroke.

Whatever the negligent cause, Boyes Turner’s compassionate and highly skilled solicitors can help people who have been visually impaired by medical negligence rebuild their lives with the help of substantial, individually tailored compensation.

Boyes Turner’s experienced medical negligence team can help with your claim

Boyes Turner’s top-ranked medical negligence lawyers have helped injured clients recover maximum compensation for over 40 years.

Our compassionate, highly experienced solicitors are experts at identifying negligent medical treatment, securing admissions of liability and substantial interim payments. 

This early financial help gives our clients access to rehabilitation, specialist help and equipment and essential home adaptations so that they can begin rebuilding their lives long before the claim is concluded. Each client’s compensation is carefully calculated and their settlement is tailor-made to meet their own current and future needs arising out of the negligent injury.

Recent Blindness and Ophthalmology Negligence cases include:

What types of ophthalmology, optician or eye care negligence lead to medical negligence claims?

Ophthalmology errors or medical negligence which can cause blindness or damaged eyesight and lead to compensation claims include:

  • cortical blindness or visual impairment from hypoxic birth injury;
  • delayed diagnosis and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in premature babies;
  • blindness or visual impairment from brain injury caused by medical or surgical negligence;
  • blindness or visual impairment from delayed diagnosis or treatment of stroke or other neurological conditions;
  • delay in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma;
  • delay in diagnosis and treatment of brain tumour causing optic nerve damage;
  • delay in diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment;
  • eye surgery negligence;
  • delayed treatment of infection.

What compensation can I claim for blindness and loss of vision?

The amount of compensation that can be claimed for blindness or visual impairment caused by negligent treatment depends on the individual client’s injury, needs and circumstances.

Where the injury limits their ability to live independently, care for themselves, get around or work, their compensation claim may be substantial. Depending on the client’s own circumstances, they may be able to claim compensation for:

  • pain, suffering and disability arising from the injury;
  • care;
  • case management;
  • adapted accommodation;
  • rehabilitation and therapies;
  • specialist equipment;
  • special educational needs;
  • vocational retraining and support;
  • transport;
  • loss of earnings;
  • domestic assistance;
  • medical costs.

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Words cannot express how grateful we are to Susan and her team for the level of commitment and dedication shown to our family during a time which would be difficult for anyone. Susan demonstrates a calm professional manner which helped us to feel at ease. Her level of knowledge has proven to be the best in the field and we fully recommend her to anyone seeking to investigate birth injury claims. You can be confident that Susan and her team will scrutinise the medical notes thoroughly and will keep you well informed throughout the process. We are very pleased with the outcome of our child’s case and know that her work has resulted in justice being achieved. Our family will now be able to move forward in the knowledge that the finances are securely in place for our child to receive a suitable care package, purchase equipment and receive necessary lifelong therapy. We cannot thank Susan and her team at Boyes Turner enough.

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From a speculative inquiry to a life changing award, the journey with Julie Marsh was interesting. Julie kept me informed along the way explaining exactly what was going on and more importantly why. The team that was assembled certainly knew their stuff which meant I got all the necessary support to keep going. Thank you all. 

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"Successfully negotiated a full and fair compensation"

Boyes Turner staff were always helpful and quick to respond. Communicating from the other side of the world presented no problems. Boyes Turner secured generous early interim payments that allowed me to continue my (non-funded) medical treatment that otherwise I could never have afforded. My Boyes Turner solicitor successfully negotiated a full and fair compensation and continuation of funding for future medical treatment and associated costs giving me great peace of mind. Thank you so much Annabelle! I would recommend Boyes Turner solicitors. They are professional, courteous and helpful.