Delay In The Diagnosis of Detached Retina Leads To Damaged Eye Sight

Delay In The Diagnosis Of Detached Retina Leads To Damaged Eye Sight

Specialist lawyer Zoe Brodrick, from Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, has helped secure £22,000 in compensation for a woman who has damaged eye sight following the delay in the diagnosis of a detached retina.

Our client, Mrs H, attended her opticians on 14 September 2009 for a contact lens check and trial and then again on Friday 9 October 2009, where she returned for a contact lens check up of the new lenses.

She underwent an eye examination and it was noted that “visual acuity seems slightly blurred”. Mrs H was complaining of floaters and funny shadows during this particular appointment.
On Monday 12 October 2009, Mrs H contacted her opticians as her vision had deteriorated. She was advised that she should seek the opinion of her GP, so an appointment was made and she attended her GP the following day on 13 October 2009.

The GP suspected a detached retina and was annoyed Mrs H had been sent to see him rather than sent to the hospital. She was referred to the Birmingham Eye Hospital the same day where a detached retina was diagnosed. An operation was then performed on 14 October 2009 which was successful.
Mrs H is concerned her sight has been affected by the delay. She was told she had lost the central core of her vision and that it will not improve. Also, she has been advised in future years that she will develop cataracts.
Mrs H was represented by Zoe Brodrick who brought a claim on her behalf. Mrs H received £22,000 in a full and final settlement of her claim.

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