Legal claim for blindness set to bring about real change in NHS service delivery
Moore Blatch has successfully represented a mother of three who was left almost completely blind after University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust delayed her appointments.
Despite her deteriorating sight, the Trust failed to initiate a programme of follow-up and treatment and it was not until 18 months later that she was told her sight loss was irreversible. The woman gave birth to her third child after she became blind.
Medical negligence specialist Vicky Hydon, a Partner, at Moore Blatch acted on the woman’s behalf and won £3.2 million compensation for her.
The woman pursued a claim for damages against the Trust for their failure to treat primary open-angle glaucoma. With Moore Blatch’s support, the claimant secured an admission by the Trust that if she had received surgery before the end of 2016, complete sight loss would have been prevented.
Vicky Hydon, Partner at Moore Blatch said:
“The impact on our client has been devastating. It's a complete tragedy and there is no reason why this should have happened.
We are pleased to have secured our client with the compensation she deserves. The sizable compensation reflects the harm that has been done and the support and care she will need for the rest of her life.
This is a national problem across eye units in the UK and Moore Blatch is keen to put a spotlight on the issue and support people affected, to settle their claims swiftly.”
The case has attracted interest from across the UK and has been featured in a number of national publications. For further information on the case please click below: