Suing an Optometrist for Eye Injuries

Suing an Optometrist for Eye Injuries

As human beings, we rely on all five of our senses to navigate the world. While you may not want to go without any of your five senses, some might argue that going without your sight would be the most difficult. Our vision is one of our most valued assets, as it allows us to, well, function. Thanks to our vision, we can read, write, watch movies, perform daily tasks without a problem, walk without bumping into objects, drive, differentiate between colors, and so much more. For all these reasons and hundreds more, most of us take our eyesight seriously. For those with enough money to do so, “seriously” means visiting the optometrist on an annual basis.

Optometrists are held to a high standard of care, just as any other healthcare provider. That said, optometrists are only human, and they too are prone to error. Unfortunately for them, when they do make an error, they can be sued for medical malpractice.

Medical Malpractice by Optometrist

An optometrist can be held liable for any injuries he or she causes during treatment. Just like a standard practitioner, an optometrist can be liable for failing to diagnose an eye condition, misdiagnosing a vision condition, prescribing the wrong treatment, or causing injury during treatment. An optometrist can even be sued for prescribing incorrect glasses or contact lenses and damaging otherwise perfect vision.

Suing for Damages

If your optometrist damages your vision, you have just as much right to sue him or her as you have to sue a medical practitioner for malpractice. In fact, if you do want to bring a claim against your eye doctor, you would do so based on the same malpractice theory, which means your case must meet the same standards of a medical malpractice case. In order to have your case heard, you must prove four elements to be true:

  • Duty: Optometrists, like doctors, owe their patients a duty of care to treat and diagnose vision ailments and eye conditions to the best of their abilities.
  • Breach of Duty: A breach occurs when the specialist fails to meet his or her duty via misdiagnosis, mistreatment, or lack of treatment.
  • Causation: If you can prove duty and a breach of duty, you must be able to prove causation, or that you were injured as a result of the optometrist’s actions or inactions.
  • Damages: Finally, you must prove damages, which you can do through medical statements, medical records, bank statements, employment records personal statements, and accounts from friends and family members.

If you can prove each of these elements to be true, you may have a successful medical malpractice claim on your hands.

A Skilled Chicago Eye Injury Attorney can Help

If you or a loved one suffered vision loss at the hands or your optometrist, you may be feeling angry, frustrated, and out of control of the situation. You can take control by calling the eye injury attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates in Chicago. Our attorneys are prepared to help you prove the four elements of a medical malpractice claim to be true and fight for a fair amount of compensation. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation.



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