It is devastating to lose your vision, especially due to preventable medical mistakes. Unfortunately, it happens.
Medical negligence can result in a condition or injury that causes blindness. The patient could be a newborn that has never seen the world, or it could be a child or adult whose world suddenly goes dark.
Our West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyers at the Hollander Law Firm, P.A. are here for you and your family. We can help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover compensation for you or your loved one’s loss of vision. We’ve recovered millions for malpractice victims to date.
Contact our West Palm Beach law firm to discuss your case with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice attorney. We offer free consultations and case reviews.
How Our West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You with Your Medical Malpractice Case
We understand that money will not restore you or your loved one’s vision. However, it can help you get the treatment you need, and it can hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. Our West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyers can be your advocate.
When you hire the legal team at the Hollander Law Firm, you can expect us to:
- Begin a comprehensive investigation into what lead to your blindness or vision loss
- Identify the parties who are responsible for your injury
- Gather evidence and documentation to support an allegation of medical malpractice
- Work with your physicians and medical experts to determine the extent of your visual impairment
- Calculate the maximum value for your injury claim and aggressively fight to recover that amount
- File claims and lawsuits seeking compensation for damages
Our legal team includes a Top 25 Medical Malpractice Attorney. We know how to represent your best interests in a medical malpractice case.
We encourage you to reach out to our office to schedule a time to meet with our West Palm Beachmedical malpractice attorney. Your first appointment is free of charge.
Medical Malpractice That Can Result in Blindness
There are numerous mistakes and errors that can lead to blindness for a patient. Examples of situations that could lead to blindness include, but are not limited to:
A common cause of blindness in premature babies is a condition called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). It occurs when a child is born before the blood vessels in the retina have developed fully.
This birth injury is caused when a doctor fails to diagnose the condition so that the infant can receive treatment. For example, the smaller the infant is at birth, the more likely the infant is to develop ROP. ROP can quickly worsen and cause blindness if not treated.
Diagnostic errors are one of the most common reasons for medical malpractice claims. Doctors fail to diagnose a variety of conditions. Some conditions could result in vision loss or blindness if left untreated.
For example, failing to diagnose high blood pressure or diabetes could lead to vision loss. In addition, ophthalmologists and optometrists may fail to diagnose glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. All of these conditions could lead to vision loss or blindness if they are not treated.
A head injury could result in a direct injury to the optic nerve or another part of the eye resulting in blindness. However, a brain injury could also impact vision. Common vision problems after a brain injury include blurred vision, decreased peripheral vision, and double vision.
Medical malpractice occurs when a physician fails to refer the patient to an ophthalmologist or other vision expert for analysis and treatment. The doctor may also fail to refer the patient to a brain surgeon or an expert who could diagnose and treat the cause of vision loss after a brain injury.
Surgical and Medication Errors
Loss of sight might occur during prolonged surgeries. There may not be sufficient oxygen flow to the optic nerve, causing loss of vision. Administering incorrect anesthesia medications, failing to monitor oxygen levels, and unnecessarily prolonging surgery could be factored in a patient’s loss of sight.
Filing a Claim for Medical Malpractice in Florida
The above examples are just a few ways that a patient could sustain vision loss because of medical malpractice. If you believe your visual impairment or blindness was caused by medical errors or negligence, you need to seek legal advice immediately.
A medical malpractice lawyer will help you gather evidence proving that the medical provided failed to provide an acceptable standard of care. Medical experts can testify how your medical provider failed to provide the proper standard of care.
Putting a price tag on your vision is impossible. However, the courts cannot give you your vision back. Instead, they can force the doctor to compensate you financially for the pain and suffering, financial losses, and other damages caused by the malpractice.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suffered blindness caused by medical malpractice, contact us to discuss your legal rights. Don’t wait too long. Florida’s statute of limitations only gives you two years to file a malpractice lawsuit from the date you discover your injuries. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida.