Optician Negligence Claim *
Optician negligence * is the term used to describe situations where a patient suffers a personal injury * as a result of an error made by an optician. In most cases, opticians are dedicated, diligent and ensure that the treatment that you are receiving is to the highest standard. However, accidents can occur and injuries can happen as a result of medical malpractice and a breach in duty of care. Examples of negligence include; failing to correctly diagnose an injury and failing to rectify an issue or injury. In some cases, optician negligence can cause the original injury or issue to become more serious.
Types of negligence
Mistakes made by an optician can cause both physical and psychological injuries. Those you have been mistreated in the form of negligence and have incurred an injury or their pre-existing condition progressed to a more serious stage which could have been avoided had the correct level of care been administered, may be entitled to pursue a medical negligence claim *. There are a number of different types of negligence for which a claim can be made.
Failure to diagnose an injury or eye condition
There is a universal expectation that when you visit the opticians you will receive a high standard of care but in some cases, your optician may fail to notice an eye condition or injury which has developed. If a condition has gone unnoticed for some time it can often lead to other conditions developing over time or it may become more serious and cause further problems. Failing to treat an eye condition can have many effects and in some more severe cases, it can lead to blindness in the eye.
Misdiagnosis of an injury or condition
Misdiagnosing an illness or condition can lead to greater problems in the future. Misdiagnosis may result in the incorrect treatment being given, such as prescribing the wrong medication or glasses. This can cause the original problem to become more serious and severe as it will have been left untreated.
Laser eye surgery is a very common procedure that is used to correct eye disorders and vision problems. People generally undertake this procedure top eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses. There are a number of risks associated with this surgery which includes; double vision, sensitivity to glare and corneal scarring. If there has been an error made during your surgery you may be entitled to pursue a claim.
Failing to communicate risks
It is important that with any treatment you receive that you are made aware of the potential risks associated with this. You will then be able to make your own decision on whether you wish to proceed with the treatment or note. Failing to communicate these risks can be seen as a form of negligence.
Common Symptoms of Optician Negligence
- Blurred Vision
- Anxiety and depression
- Double vision
- Dry eyes
- Loss of eyesight
- Eye strains
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