Delay in Diagnosis of Glaucoma

Insights / / Bristol

Glaucoma is an eye condition that is caused when the optic nerve that connects your eye to your brain becomes damaged. The damage is caused when the fluid in the eye does not drain properly which results in increased pressure inside the eye, and on the optic nerve.

This condition can become very serious, and can result in a complete loss of vision if not diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

Whilst it is a common condition, it is often difficult to diagnose as symptoms may not appear in the early stages of this condition, although this is not always the case.

Glaucoma can usually be diagnosed from a routine eye test but unfortunately it is sometimes the case that there is a delay in diagnosing this condition, often as a result of incorrect interpretation of the test results or perhaps a failure to consider important factors in addition to the test, including family history.

A delay in diagnosing this condition can lead to a much worse outcome than may otherwise have been expected, had a diagnosis been made at the earliest opportunity and in such situations, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation.

Many successful claims have been brought in instances where there was a failure to diagnose glaucoma at the earliest possible opportunity or for a failure to refer a patient to an ophthalmologist for further review. In one such case a 30 year old man received £20,000.00 for the increased damage caused to his eye as a result of such a delay.

In another case a woman received £13,000.00 for the one year delay in diagnosing glaucoma that resulted in a higher chance of her losing her sight in the future.

In a particularly disturbing case, a 56 year old man received £650,000.00 when he suffered with glaucoma that went undiagnosed for a period of 7 years, which led to such a deterioration of his vision that he could no longer work.

A delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis can occur with many eye conditions and can lead to devastating injuries that, with appropriate care, could have been avoided. Claims such as these can all lead to financial compensation for the victims of medical negligence due to a delay in diagnosis.

If you have experienced such negligence, it may be possible to make a claim.  Here at Metcalfes we have an experienced team who specialise in cases involving a delay in diagnosis of an eye condition, and we can help guide you through the claims process in a sympathetic and understanding manner. 

Website content note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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