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Compensation for Cataract Surgery Error

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When our client had cataract surgery errors were made and his follow-up treatment was also negligent, he was left with extensively impaired vision, the effects of which have been significantly life-changing.

Following an initial eye examination at Boots Opticians, it was revealed that our client, who is in his 50s, had bilateral cataracts. Follow-up treatment was commenced at the Bishops Wood Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, run by the Circle Health Group, who were Defendants in this matter.

Cataract Eye Surgery Claim

His left eye was treated and the operation went well, just three months later his right eye was operated upon, although a non-negligent tear of the posterior lens was noted.

Following this second operation our client began to experience pain in his right eye and his ocular pressure was significantly raised, it was also found that fragments of the cataract were floating in the eye area.

In this case, we reached a £60,000 out-of-court settlement for our client.

Expert evidence obtained from a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon showed that the defendant breached their duty of care as our client should have had earlier B-scan ultrasound examinations.  In addition, it was stated that the treating doctors should not have relied upon visual inspections in follow-up treatments, had they not been negligent the lens fragments could have been found and dealt with.

On more than one occasion our client had to visit accident and emergency departments because of severe pain and blurred vision.

Reduced vision after Cataract Surgery

Our client has ultimately been left with reduced vision, is no longer able to confidently drive at night, is unable to use a monitor for more than 15 minutes and there is no possibility of a recovery from this state.

“Our client had cataract removal surgery which was complicated by a non-negligent tear, as a result of this the intended replacement lens would not fit,” said Medical Negligence Solicitor, Daniel Phelps.

“He was not adequately monitored post-operatively and as a result, his intraocular pressure was allowed to rise to dangerous levels. The elevated pressure was noted, but the cause was not investigated. A repeat surgery was undertaken 4 weeks later, following which he lost significant visual field in the affected eye.”

“It became apparent later that fragments of the removed cataract had migrated unbeknownst to the treating surgeon and this caused the increased pressure.”

Client Feedback

Speaking after the case our client said:

“From the very start to it’s conclusion Daniel Phelps was outstanding, informative, knowledgeable, engaging and very generous with his time and patience.”

How can we help

For expert legal advice and compensation for negligence for preventable sight loss contact our medical negligence solicitors at 0161 785 3500 or email

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

Written by Daniel Phelps


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