Diabetic Retinopathy Claims
Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related complication that can lead to progressive damage to the retina of the eye. If you have suffered as a result of this and believe it to be the fault of a medical professional, or you believe diagnosis of this condition or diabetes was missed or misdiagnosed, you could make a diabetes negligence claim with Hospital Negligence to help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled. We can provide the expert guidance you need to ensure the process is as stress-free as possible and gives you the best chance of success.
If you believe that you developed diabetic retinopathy because of negligent medical care, speak to one of the specialist solicitors at Hospital Negligence Call us today on 0800 014 7481 or fill in our online contact form and we will call you at a convenient time to discuss your claim in more detail.
Diabetic Retinopathy Definition
Diabetic retinopathy is a form of eye disease that can affect all diabetics, although it usually only impacts those who have had diabetes for a number of years. If left untreated, it can lead to very serious consequences, including blindness.
The condition is caused when small retinal blood vessels swell or become congested, or when the retina is impaired by the growth of new blood vessels. The condition is more common among older people, and you could also be at greater risk if your blood sugar and blood pressure levels are not as well controlled as they could be.
Making a Claim
If treated promptly, the prognosis for recovery is good, but partial and even full loss of vision can result if the condition is left untreated. You can make a claim for compensation if you feel that healthcare professionals - be they doctors, physicians, opticians or technical staff - have failed through their negligence to diagnose the illness in a timely manner.
Causes of Delayed Diagnosis
Medical errors that can result in a delayed diagnosis include:
- The importance of your complaints not being recognised
- Inaccurate test results
- Inappropriate patient treatment
- Failure to refer you the appropriate specialist
- Misinterpretation of test results
Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy often only become noticeable in advanced stages of the disease, with pain often not associated with earlier stages. The condition can lead to leaking fluid causing the macular (an area near the centre of the retina) to swell, or bleeding caused by new blood vessels on the retina.
Typical symptoms can include:
- Double vision
- Pain in the eye
- Blurred vision
- Eye spots
- Changes in vision
Compensation can therefore be claimed for:
- Loss of income (both past and future)
- The cost of care (both past and future)
- Specialist aids and equipment to help you adapt to life with vision loss
- Pain, suffering and psychological damage
- Medical expenses
- Reduced prospects of employment
Talk to Us
If you would like to know whether you, a family member, or a friend are entitled to make a claim related to diabetic retinopathy, then speak to one of our specialist solicitors today. Either call us free on 0800 014 7481 or complete our contact form, which will enable us to give you a ring back at a time more convenient for you.