By Norman Younker on June 21, 2013
Medical malpractice can take many forms and produce any number of unfortunate results. One of the most debilitating possible results of medical malpractice is blindness. Blindness, whether partial or full, can have devastating consequences on a person’s ability to perform everyday functions, ability to earn a living, and overall quality of life.
If you or a member of your family has suffered full or partial blindness, whether temporary or permanent, as a result of medical malpractice, it is important that you know your legal rights and options. The medical malpractice attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, have extensive experience in handling the full range of cases stemming from the negligent or deliberately wrongful actions of healthcare professionals. We can evaluate your potential blindness claim and help you obtain the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled.
At our law firm in Salt Lake City, blindness lawsuits are among the many types of medical malpractice claims we handle. If you secure the services of our attorneys, you can rest assured that you are entrusting your claim to legal professionals with the resources, skills, knowledge, and passion to present the strongest case possible on your behalf. For further information about blindness lawsuits or to arrange for an evaluation of your case, please contact our medical malpractice lawyers today.
How Medical Professionals Can Be Responsible for the Blindness of a Patient
Physicians, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professional are expected to provide care of a reasonable standard; when they fall below that standard, and a patient is injured or killed as a result, medical malpractice can be said to have occurred. This reasonable standard is defined by how a competent peer would be expected to act under the same circumstances.
For example, if a competent physician would be expected to diagnose a certain condition, given the stage of the condition and the symptoms exhibited by the patient, then a failure to diagnose that condition could be defined as medical malpractice, as could a misdiagnosis of the condition. Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are two of the most common forms of medical malpractice that can result in blindness. In particular, blindness commonly results from the failure of medical professionals to diagnose properly or in a timely fashion eye conditions such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Our brain injury attorneys have also handled blindness cases resulting from surgical errors that result in injuries to the brain, as well as misdiagnosis of and failure to diagnose brain injuries. Brain injuries can result in permanent blindness.
We also handle lawsuits resulting from the improper treatment of eye injuries, retinal conditions, and errors that occur during LASIK and other forms of refractive surgery.
Learn More about Blindness Litigation
It’s bad enough that you or your loved one have to live with the impaired vision or blindness caused by medical malpractice; you should not have to shoulder the financial burdens you now have to face. Call or email our law firm today to arrange for an evaluation of your blindness claim and find out how we can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
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