How the Negligence of an Ophthalmologist Can Lead to Medical Malpractice

Ophthalmologists are medical professionals that specialize in eye and vision care, and patients should be able to count on them to provide a high level of care. However, if an ophthalmologist makes a mistake, there could be disastrous effects. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an ophthalmologist’s mistake, seek legal assistance from The Weitz Firm, LLC today. Our ophthalmology malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia are ready to get to work securing the compensation you deserve.

Types of ophthalmology malpractice

The eye is an incredibly complex organ, and those who focus on the health and treatment of our eyes go through an incredible amount of training. The field of ophthalmology includes many different specialties, ranging from professionals who treat pediatric genetic conditions to those who handle plastic surgery around our eyes (and every other eye issue in between).

Ophthalmology malpractice occurs when an eye doctor’s conduct causes an injury to a patient’s eye or harms their vision. Some of the types of ophthalmology malpractice we list here are similar to traditional medical malpractice claims, while others are fairly exclusive to ophthalmologists.

  • Failure to obtain informed consent before a surgical procedure.
  • Delaying a necessary treatment or failing to treat an issue that results in vision loss or impairment.
  • Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a condition that results in vision loss or impairment.
  • Neglecting to refer a patient to a qualified expert if the condition is outside of the ophthalmologist’s training and experience.
  • Giving a patient the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a medication for their condition.
  • Reusing a single-use instrument to cut costs, which increases the risk of infection.
  • Making a surgical mistake that leads to vision loss or impairment.

This is only a partial list of the mistakes that could be made by an ophthalmologist. You should speak to a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer about the specifics of your particular case to determine the best path moving forward.

Your ophthalmologist malpractice attorney will work to establish the four key elements of a successful claim:

  • Duty: The plaintiff was under the care of the ophthalmologist.
  • Breach: The ophthalmologist failed to provide medically appropriate care according to accepted ophthalmology standards.
  • Damages: The plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of the ophthalmologist’s conduct.
  • Causation: Proof that the ophthalmologist’s conduct directly caused the plaintiff’s damages.

Let we can help you through this

If you or somebody you love has been harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of an ophthalmologist, seek legal assistance today. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work investigating every aspect of your case. We will work to determine whether you are entitled to any of the following:

  • Compensation for all medical expenses related to the mistake
  • Lost wages or loss of future earnings
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the ophthalmologist

When you need a Philadelphia ophthalmologist malpractice attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.



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