Compensation settlement for sight lost in one eye
In May 2012 Mrs S went to see her GP with a letter written by her optician who recommended onward referral to an ophthalmological specialist.
Instead of referring her Mrs S’ GPs prescribed eye drops following various appointments over several months. Mrs S was a patient of a group practice and so was seen by a number of different doctors.
After about five months one of Mrs S’ GPs finally referred her (urgently) to a local hospital. The specialist there was so concerned by his own findings that he made an urgent onward referral to a specialist eye hospital and they saw Mrs S promptly.
Thorough assessment and further investigations revealed that Mrs S had a tumour behind her eye and she was listed for surgery to remove it.
The tumour was removed but sadly Mrs S lost the sight in her eye.
Breach of duty was admitted by the first GP Mrs S had seen: on the basis that she should have been referred to a specialist but was not.
The first GP did not however accept that there was a causative link between the delay in referring Mrs S to a specialist and the eventual loss of sight in the affected eye.
Expert evidence was obtained from a GP and a Consultant Ophthalmologist with a special interest in orbital surgery. Counsel (a barrister) was instructed and Mrs S’s claim was valued.
The GP’s solicitors advanced what appeared to be a nuisance offer, which was quite upsetting for Mrs S. Court proceedings were issued and defended. Offers and counter-offers were exchanged and eventually, Mrs S elected to settle her claim without proceeding to trial.
At the conclusion of her claim Mrs S wrote to our Mark Tawn:
“Thanks for all your help and support and to the team at Davey Law as well throughout. Truly grateful.”
We were delighted to work for and with Mrs S and to achieve an outcome with which she was happy.
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