Failure to Diagnose or Treat Retinal Detachment
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on May 15, 2013
Doctors are expected to provide a certain standard of care. That means to act with diligence and accuracy so that conditions can be identified, diagnosed, and treated before they become more severe. By catching and treating health issues early, doctors and other medical professionals help their patients maintain a solid quality of life.
Yet sometimes medical professionals can make mistakes, and in those instances our medical malpractice attorneys in Utah will be on your side to ensure that you receive compensation for incompetent or negligent care. One kind of medical mistake that can have lasting negative impact on your life is the failure to diagnose a detached retina.
About Retinal Detachment
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is necessary for proper vision. The retina can become detached as a result of advanced age, injury to the eye, diabetes, or changes in the vitreous humor. In terms of age-related retinal detachment or retinal damage, there are a number of conditions that may develop, such as macular degeneration, and early care is essential for stopping vision loss from further progress.
Our Utah medical negligence lawyers take these cases of misdiagnosis especially seriously since there are many causes of retinal detachment and it should be relatively easy to catch in a regular eye exam.
Symptoms of Retinal Detachment
The most common symptoms of retinal detachment include:
- Seeing flashes of light
- Floaters in regular field of vision
- Dimness of peripheral vision
Treatments for Retinal Detachment
The ideal treatment for retinal detachment will depend on the cause of the condition. Many times eye surgery is required, though sometimes a procedure known as a vitrectomy is helpful, in which the vitreous humor is removed and replaced with a saline solution.
Why Proper Diagnosis of Retinal Detachment Is Important
Like many different medical mistakes and doctor errors, catching retinal detachment early is the best bet for a patient's overall treatment and health. If a detached retina is not diagnosed as soon as possible, it can result in severe vision impairment or even total vision loss.
What Our Medical Negligence Attorneys Will Do for Clients
If you have suffered vision impairment or even blindness because of a delayed diagnosis of a detached retina, we will fight to ensure that the medical professional responsible for the missed diagnosis is held accountable. We will seek damages for the effects such vision loss have had on your life, because such changes will make a drastic difference to the way you experience the world.
Similarly, eye doctors have been known to improperly treat retinal detachments, which is also a serious problem. In those matters, the poor treatment can similarly result in severe or total vision impairment. Our medical malpractice lawyers will be sure to hold these medical professionals responsible as well.
Other Matters With Which Our Legal Experts Can Assist You
In addition to matters related to retinal detachment and overall eye health, our legal team will also be able to assist clients with other medical care needs, including birth injuries, surgical errors, and the prescription of dangerous medications. A medical negligence and cerebral palsy lawyer in Utah will be here for you and your loved ones in such times of need.
Learn More About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
For more information about your legal rights in cases of doctor negligence and other mistakes, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City medical malpractice lawyers today. We will help you and your loved ones by providing strong legal counsel and tenacious representation.
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