Most trips to a Pennsylvania eye doctor are relatively non-invasive, and suffering some sort of injury is furthest from a patient’s mind. But even eye doctors make errors that lead to malpractice claims. Among the most serious potential injuries would be a detached retina, which can lead to permanent blindness in one or both eyes. In such cases, a medical malpractice claim is in order.
Diagnostic errors and causes of retinal detachment
The Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. (OIMC) recent studied seven years of malpractice claims. Among some 1,613 claims, OIMC found 223 arose from diagnostic errors. That is a significant amount of claims, 14%, arising from human error. Of those claims, 84 involved the retina and 65 were specific to retinal detachment. The insurer concluded retinal claims far exceeded all other types of medical malpractice claims arising from diagnostic errors.
The study found retinal detachment was the most commonly occurring misdiagnosis. Many eye doctors might confuse the condition with a retinal tear when a detachment has occurred and make other diagnostic errors that lead to ongoing problems for patients. Those problems can include permanent blindness. The sooner a retinal detachment is diagnosed, the more likely it can be treated.
Many contributing factors for retinal detachment
A variety of factors can cause a misdiagnosis and trigger medical malpractice claims against eye doctors. When one or more add up to malpractice and ongoing eyesight and other problems for the patients of eye doctors, malpractice laws can hold them accountable.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney can be an outstanding asset to ensure a solid case is built. That will help victims of malpractice to obtain the best possible settlement to offset the significant losses incurred from a detached retina or other medical condition.