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  • Overview

    When can you make a compensation claim for negligent eye surgery or ophthalmic treatment?

    The risks of eye surgery are usually low but when complications occur it can lead to devastating long term problems. Delay in diagnosis and misdiagnosis during ophthalmic treatment can also be grounds for a compensation claim.

    Many different eye related compensation claims can arise including:

    • Total blindness
    • Complete loss of an eye
    • Loss of sight in one eye
    • Retinal detachment
    • Posterior vitreous detachment
    • Double vision
    • 4th nerve (trochlear nerve) injuries
    • Discharging patients without a diagnosis
    • Delay in diagnosis of retinal tears
    • Misdiagnosis of retinal tears and detachment
    • Negligent laser (lasik) surgery
    • Delay in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

    You can also bring an eye related claim on behalf of a child.

    How we can help you with your negligent eye surgery or eye treatment compensation claim

    • The size of our clinical negligence team and the breadth of our knowledge in eye related compensation claims means it is likely that we have already succeeded in recovering compensation in similar circumstances to yours. We have dealt with a huge number and variety of eye surgery and negligent ophthalmic treatment claims
    • Our overriding aim is to protect your interests and achieve the most advantageous outcome for the long term. We make sure your case is fully investigated and guide you carefully through each step of the claim process
    • Giving personal service and acting with sensitivity are important to us
    • We can help you find out why the system has failed you and what went wrong. Or prevent the same thing happening to somebody else
    • Eye related compensation claims require high levels of expertise. We create a team of specialists including:
      • the best independent ophthalmic consultants in the country
      • barristers known for their expertise in eye related clinical negligence work
      • clinical negligence lawyers with experience in eye related claims.
    • We are high ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession 'Chambers and Partners' and 'The Legal 500'.

    Free initial consultation

    Contact one of our team of specialist lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your medical treatment, and give you clear advice on the chances of your receiving compensation in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee arrangement.

    Call us ON 01892 510000 or fill in our short enquiry form and we will assess your eye related compensation claim.



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Any time I needed to ask a question or needed any explanation about the case, James Cahan was there at the end of the phone. He answers his own phone so I felt as though I was getting a very personal service. I was never made to feel uncomfortable or a nuisance as I had felt with an earlier solicitor. Communication was excellent throughout, using emails, telephone and letters.  


My case was earlier rejected by another firm of solicitors yet Mr Cahan could see that there was a case to answer. With the expert medical witnesses which he sourced, good communication and sound advice, I felt very confident in his hands that we would get a successful outcome.


Very nice people. Really made the case a lot easier to understand; they were always there to help.


James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  


As mentioned, I was very impressed at the start! As the case grew and went on, I felt completely safe, and trusted Jonathan to act in my best interests, though everything was always run by me before going ahead with anything, without the experience and knowledge.


They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.


My lawyer was very friendly and easy to talk to, and I always felt he was working his hardest on my case.


Oliver was very helpful and friendly, and settled the case within a short space of time.


Kept me up to date with all stages of the claim. Fees were good, and Oliver was a very helpful and friendly.


I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.


I cannot thank Jenny and her team enough and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend TS&P, Debbie, Jenny and Patricia highly enough. Many thanks again for your professional conduct throughout.


I am so grateful to TS&P for all their work and help with my mother's case; it was a very complicated and time-consuming case.


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