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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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Our specialist Blindness and ophthalmology negligence claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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I approached Boyes Turner after my claim was turned down by one of the Medical Negligence Claim company. My wife was a victim of medical negligence.

Boyes Turner have acted so efficiently on our behalf and was able to win our case. Anytime we contact them, their customer service was very good as they kept us fully informed of every level our case has developed. They are very friendly and approachable and great in their professional advise. I would strongly recommend anyone approach them for their legal and medical negligence services.

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I came to Boyes Turner desperate after searching the web for a firm to use for my sons case. He was only a few months so my mind was all over the place, but from the very first point of contact I felt a sense of relieve and belonging. I was welcomed and looked after by amazing staff who always communicated everything so well and went the extra mile to explain things and ensure I understood what was happening every step of the way (THANK YOU SUSAN BROWN). Susan was amazing I felt like I not only had a solicitor but someone who understood my emotions as a mother and always handled me with so much compassion and that was all I needed to keep me going for the 6 years of the case. Years went by in a breeze because of how professional Boyes Turner was. I am so greatful I went through it all with them and mananged to get my son a good compensation. We look forward our new life where my sons needs are priority after struggling for so long. Thank you Boyes Turner and thank you Susan Brown. My family and I are ever indebted.

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From the moment I picked up the phone and spoke to Richard Money-Kyrle I knew I had done the right thing by choosing Boyes Turner to take our claim forward and to represent my son. Both Richard Money-Kyrle and Alpa Rana have worked on our case and they both have been amazing throughout, explaining every step of the way and anything we didn’t understand and keeping me updated constantly. This gave me and my family a lot of reassurance.

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