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Yes, ophthalmologists can be held liable if they cause harm to patients through negligence.
Ophthalmologists are eye doctors who play a crucial role in safeguarding our vision and eye health. Because they deal only with the eyes, some people assume their negligence can’t cause as much harm as medical doctors—or that they can even be held liable for it if it does.
Yet, like any licensed medical professional, ophthalmologists can be subject to allegations of medical malpractice, especially when their actions or inactions harm patients. If you or someone you love was harmed by an ophthalmologist, here’s what you need to know about seeking compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
Medical malpractice refers to a situation where a healthcare professional deviates from the accepted standard of care, resulting in harm to the patient. In the case of ophthalmologists, this could involve misdiagnosis, surgical errors, improper treatment, or failure to warn about potential risks associated with a procedure.
Establishing medical malpractice in the field of ophthalmology involves several key elements:
Cases of ophthalmologist malpractice can vary widely, but some common scenarios include:
Human eyes are extremely important—and extremely delicate and vulnerable—organs. When they’re damaged to the point of visual impairment, chronic pain, or even total loss of vision, the consequences can be severe for victims, both in their daily lives and in their ability to work. In addition, negligent treatment of the eyes can sometimes result in health problems that affect the rest of the body and even the brain.
People whose eyes or overall health are harmed by ophthalmologists can seek compensation for many different damages, including:
Being injured at the eye doctor, or by an eye doctor’s negligence when treating an eye-related problem, isn’t something many people worry about. Unfortunately, it’s more common than you think. And oftentimes, negligence by ophthalmologists can result in serious complications.
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, our Cleveland medical malpractice attorneys work hard to help people harmed by ophthalmologists get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to get a free consultation and to learn how we can help.
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