When you visit the eye doctor you should be able to rest assured that you will receive the best diagnosis and treatment possible. This was not the case for one woman. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging medical malpractice led to a permanent eye injury. The woman visited the Panton Eye Clinic because of pain and swelling of her left eye. According to the lawsuit, the doctors failed to properly diagnose the condition and did not perform the proper tests or prescribe the appropriate medication. As a result, the woman suffered serious and permanent injury to her eye. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Malpractice by Eye Doctors
Eye problems can become serious if they are not properly treated. In this case, the woman reported that she had corneal ulcers which were not diagnosed. Initial treatment utilizes medicated eye drops to reduce swelling and pain. If the problem does not quickly improve, surgery may be required. When eye injuries or illnesses occur, fast diagnosis and treatment are needed to prevent eyesight loss. Permanent injuries can happen if the eye doctor misdiagnosis the problem. Medical malpractice may apply to any situation where a doctor or medical professional provided negligent care.
Many different eye problems and injuries can lead to blindness. Some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, slowly degrade eyesight until eventually blindness may occur. Other problems may cause degraded eyesight more quickly, especially when they are not treated. Eye infections often respond favorably to medications including antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. The sooner eye problems are treated the better, because many times eyesight cannot be restored once it is lost. In this situation, the woman suffered permanent injuries that require ongoing medical treatment.
Medical Malpractice is Common
When we visit an eye doctor, or any medical professional, we expect them to do the proper testing and diagnosis methods necessary to obtain a correct diagnosis. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is all too common of an occurrence. When it happens, most people do not know their rights. In many cases, if negligence caused a serious injury, you may be able to recover all the associated damages. This could include such things as medical costs, rehab expenses, lost wages, future medical costs, money for pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. The damages may also include legal expenses incurred as a result of filing a lawsuit.
Medical Malpractice Cases
The law limits the time that you have to file a lawsuit. Therefore it is best to speak with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will answer your questions and review your situation to determine the best way to proceed. Many lawsuits are settled through negotiations prior to going to court. If the case does need to go to trial your attorney will prepare and present your case in court. You can get the money you deserve for an injury caused by a doctor’s negligence. Contact the legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.