The eye is such a delicate part of the body that any medical issues related to it must be handled with the utmost care. Any damage to the eye may lead to long-term and serious consequences for a patient. If you or someone close to you has suffered an eye injury following medical care of any kind, you should reach out to a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. At the Arfaa Law Group, we can evaluate the facts of your potential ophthalmology negligence case and carefully explore your options.Holding a Doctor Accountable for Eye Injuries Caused by Ophthalmology Negligence
Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, functions, pathology, and treatment of the eye. Mistakes in ophthalmology may have serious consequences and may lead to permanent vision loss. These types of mistakes often require patients to go through additional treatment. Some common examples of ophthalmology negligence that may give rise to a medical malpractice case include surgical errors (such as tears or dislocation of the eye, corneal abrasions, or botched cataract surgeries), a failure to monitor a patient after surgery, a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis, medication errors, and errors leading to infections.
If an ophthalmologist’s carelessness or error in judgment was the reason for your eye injury, you may be able to recover damages through a medical malpractice claim. This may be appropriate when a patient’s injury is directly caused by an ophthalmologist’s failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonably prudent ophthalmologist would have exercised in the same or similar circumstances. Medical malpractice may also occur when an ophthalmologist fails to act when there was a duty to do so.
It is important to note that, in some cases, a medical malpractice claim may be appropriate against a primary care physician who should have referred a patient to an ophthalmologist but failed to do so. In cases in which there is a serious delay in diagnosis, the patient’s eye condition often gets worse, sometimes resulting in blindness.
The treatment of a patient’s eye injury will depend on the severity of the condition. Typically, the more serious the injury, the more expensive that it is to treat. If your injuries resulted from malpractice, you should not need to bear the financial burden of dealing with those injuries alone. Maryland law allows plaintiffs to recover both economic and non-economic damages from defendants, such as medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs.Contact a Knowledgeable Baltimore Attorney for a Health Care Negligence Claim
If you have suffered an eye injury due to ophthalmology negligence, we can help. At the Arfaa Law Group, Baltimore lawyer Julia Arfaa understands the nuances of medical malpractice claims and can put her knowledge to use in your case. Our firm represents injured patients throughout the state of Maryland. Call us at 410-889-1850 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with an injury attorney.