BL Claims helps patient suffering from loss of vision after cataract surgery

Posted by Patricia Wakeford on

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Mrs C underwent cataract surgery in 2013 on her left eye. Following the surgery she was concerned about blurred vision and watery eyes. She attended her follow up appointments, but was advised her symptoms were normal post operative symptoms. However her instinct was that something wasn't quite right and she felt that her sight was actually worse then pre-op.

She was sent an internal trust investigation over two years later. She then appreciated that it was likely that her eye had been injected with an appropriate antibiotic but into the wrong part of the eye and at too high a concentration. This caused 90% loss of vision in her left eye. Mrs C was even more distressed when she found out that this had happened to others at around the same time. She was very disappointed that despite her concerns neither trust had advised her about the other similar cases.

Mrs C instructed BL Claims solicitor Patricia Wakeford to investigate a clinical negligence claim. It was hoped that the two trusts involved would admit liability on the basis of the internal investigation. However, Patricia was told that the trust insurers would carry out another investigation which meant that she had to incur costs to obtain an expert report to support Mrs C's claim.

Her loss of sight has had a huge impact on the quality of life of Mrs C, who now relies on family and friends to assist her on a daily basis as she is unable to drive as she did before. 

A supportive expert report was received and a letter sent to the trust detailing allegations relating to the cataract surgery.

Negotiations began following admissions that the incorrect placement and dosage of the antibiotic had caused Mrs C's visual impairment. Settlement was agreed for a 5 figure sum which has helped her make readjustments and get the support she needs with day to day activities.

Unfortunately this was not an isolated case, if you have experienced any form of injury or loss as a result of clinical negligence find out if our specialist team can help you claim compensation for the support you need.

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About the Author

Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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