As medical professionals, optometrists are bound by codes of conduct that dictate acceptable standards of care and competence. As such, any failure to meet these standards that results in injury or harm to a patient may lead to a compensation claim for medical negligence against the optometrist.
Care that falls below the standards that can be reasonably expected of any medical professional may become the subject of legal proceedings. Such cases need to establish that a competent professional could reasonably be expected to have performed the procedure in question without the negative outcome.
Medical Negligence: If Your Optometrist Is At Fault
An optometrist is a highly qualified medical professional, who is expected to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all the potential dangers to the eye that are reasonably capable of being diagnosed.
Optometrists carry out regular eye examinations for their patients, assessing the health of the eyes, providing clinical advice, and checking for any problems with vision, disease, injury or abnormality. This includes recognising the symptoms of serious conditions and making appropriate diagnoses so that the patient can be treated as soon as possible.
How Can I Make A Compensation Claim?
In order to make a compensation claim* against your optometrist, or any other medical professional, you will need to ensure that you have all the relevant documentation to prove your case. At S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors in Ennis, we can help you assemble this documentation and have it professionally evaluated in order to establish whether negligence has occurred. You will need:
• All relevant medical notes and records from your optometrist
• Records of all appointments and meetings with the professional in question, including times and details of what took place
• Identification documents.
Find Medical Negligence Solicitors in Ennis, County Clare
If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence of any kind, talk to us at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors. We specialise in these type of claims, and will be happy to talk through your case and advise you on whether you may be entitled to compensation.
Simply call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.