Delayed Treatment of Ophthalmic Injury – Mr G
Category: Delayed Treatment Claims
Last Updated: 31st Oct 2023
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Mr G saw his optician complaining of flashing lights and floaters in his left eye following a minor bump to his head the previous day. The visual field test carried out by the optician showed a defect in the peripheral vision in Mr G’s left eye, and so the optician referred him to the local A&E.
At A&E a CT scan was arranged and advice was also sought from the on-call ophthalmologist, who refused to attend and advised that Mr G be given an appointment at the eye clinic. Coincidentally, the CT scan revealed a pituitary lesion which was found to be a pituitary adenoma. Mr G was referred to a neurological centre for treatment. The tumour was subsequently removed.
Mr G’s sight did not improve following the delayed surgery treatment to remove the tumour and he became increasingly concerned. Almost a year later, a possible retinal detachment was found, for which he underwent surgery. Although the retina has been successfully reattached, the vision in Mr G’s left eye will now always be limited.
A medical negligence claim was pursued on the basis that there was a failure by the hospital to carry out a visual field test prior to the surgery despite the history and symptoms. Had such a test been carried out, it would have revealed the retinal detachment, which could then have been treated earlier with a better outcome for Mr G.
Liability was admitted in the Letter of Response and the claim settled prior to the issue of proceedings for £40,200.
This case was led by Amanda Smith.
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