Eye Injuries Reported at Woodthorpe Hospital, Nottingham

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Kate McCue

Medical Negligence Associate Solicitor

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Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are offering a free claims assessment to cataract patients who believe they received negligent care from Woodthorpe Hospital in Nottingham.

We’ve been asked to help one client who has had cataract surgery at Woodthorpe Hospital. Sadly, they’ve now been told they’ll never regain full vision in their eye and will need help with everyday tasks.

If you’ve been similarly affected by care that you think may have been negligent at Woodthorpe Hospital, please call us and we’ll be happy to speak with you.

We have a strong track record of helping people make eye injury claims after suffering medical negligence, and helping them get the specialist care, support and rehabilitation they need to live as independently as they can. We may be able to deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.

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If you have suffered an eye injury through medical negligence, get in touch with our expert solicitors on 0808 239 6043 or

How Simpson Millar Can Help You

If we take on your claim, one of our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors will be assigned to you and be your main point of contact.

We’ll work with you and your family to get the best possible outcome and consider your specific needs and wishes every step of the way.

Claiming compensation for an eye injury isn’t just about money, as an error during a cataract operation or any other eye procedure can be life-changing, and may mean you need specialist care, aids, appliances, and adaptations being made to your home.

We’ll work out how much compensation you need with this in mind, so you’re in the best possible position to rebuild your life and live as independently as possible.

Taking legal action can be daunting, and we understand that. So, we’ll do everything we can to make the claims process as stress-free as possible for you, and keep you regularly updated so you always know what’s happening with your claim.

People We Have Helped

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors have helped many people recover compensation and access the support they need after mistakes were made with their eye treatment.

For example, we helped a woman who lost the sight in her left eye get compensation to cover the cost of the extra care she needs. She had gone to hospital to get a problem with her right eye checked out, but clinicians didn’t consider the possibility that the same issue might be affecting her other eye as well.

After negotiations with the hospital trust, she was awarded £100,000 in compensation.

In another case, we helped an elderly client whose condition wasn’t monitored after going for an eye consultation in hospital. He later developed a degenerative eye condition that caused partial blindness, but with our help, he was awarded £180,000 in compensation.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

Eye injury compensation varies depending on the severity of the injury and the prognosis for the future improvement, if any. There are many other factors that will be included that can have an impact on how much compensation you could get.

Typically, these types of claims are divided into special damages and general damages. Special damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Medical expenses
  • PTSD compensation
  • Specialist medical equipment
  • Full-time care
  • Home adaptations

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What Help is Available After an Eye Injury?

If you’ve sustained an eye injury due to medical negligence, there is a lot of support available for you.

While financial compensation won’t put it right, it will help you to pay for any medical expenses, aids, or adaptations that you may need. It will also help reimburse you for any losses such as earnings. Securing compensation can also give you some satisfaction that your case has been brought to justice.

If you will need any specialist medical care, assistance dogs, or even laser eye surgery, let us know during your assessment, as this will help your case.

Finding Out Who is at Fault

While an eye injury can happen with no one at fault, there are many occasions where it’s as a result of medical negligence or even an accident at work. Here are some reasons why eye injuries can occur, and who may be at fault:

  • Lack of training in the workplace
  • Medical negligence
  • Inadequate safety glasses
  • Military accident
  • Improper handling of chemicals

If you have suffered an eye injury that where someone else is at fault, speak with one of our specialist solicitors. We will discuss your case in detail and decide whether or not it will be possible to claim compensation.

Eye Injuries You Can Claim For

Any damage to your eyes is serious and it has the potential to affect your life significantly. Here are some of the most common eye injuries that people seek compensation for:

  • Blindness, either full or partial
  • Cornea damage
  • Detached retina
  • Loss of an eye
  • Deterioration of eyesight

Time Limit for Eye Injury Compensation Claims

In most cases, you will have 3 years to start your claim, from the date of the accident or negligence occurred. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

If you were unaware that you were a victim of medical negligence that led to your eye injury, you will have 3 years from the ‘date of knowledge’ which is when you first realised the full extent of the situation.

The 3-year time period also doesn’t apply if the injured person is a child. You can open a claim on behalf of your child, or you can allow them to start a claim when they turn 18 years old. Once they turn 18 years old, the young person will then have 3 years to bring forward a claim.

If the patient is deemed to not have mental capacity, the 3-year time limit also doesn’t apply. The patient can start a claim when they regain mental capacity, or if they will never regain capacity, someone else can start a claim on their behalf.

If you are claiming on behalf of someone who has passed away due to the injuries that they suffered, you still have 3-years to start the claim from the date of their death, as long as the deceased would have still been within the 3 year limit from the date of the accident/negligence.

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How Long an Eye Injury Compensation Claim Takes

There is no defined timeframe for how long a compensation claim will take to be processed. There are a number of factors involved that can impact how long your claim will take. For example, if the defendant denies responsibility over your injury, this may cause delays in the process.

If your case goes to Court, you may be asked to provide additional evidence, which will take time to collect. Alternatively, should the defendant admit fault and offer a settlement outside of Court, this would expedite the process completely.

Advanced Payments

Depending on your case, we may be able to secure an interim payment of your compensation. This is particularly helpful if you have immediate costs that you need to settle, such as home adaptations or an assistance dog.

We understand how difficult an eye injury can be, not only for you but also for your family. It can affect your financial situation and your work, so we always look to collect an interim payment where possible.

If you have any upfront costs that you need to pay, make sure you discuss this during your free claims assessment. We’ll then work towards securing you an advanced payment, if possible. We’ll let you know if we think that we can collect a payment for you to help support you throughout the legal process.

Why Choose Simpson Millar?

However your eye injury has occurred, we can review the circumstances to see if we can help you. If someone else’s negligence was involved, you should talk to one of our specialist solicitors as soon as possible.

Our expert team have secured compensation for thousands of clients over the years, so we know how to negotiate on your behalf. We’ll always keep you informed throughout the entire claim process, so you know exactly where you stand at all times.

Don’t worry about legal jargon either, as we’ll always communicate with you in plain English to keep things straightforward.

Contact us today to arrange a free claims assessment.

No Win, No Fee Eye Injury Claim

We may be able to handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details during your initial assessment.

A No Win, No Fee agreement is set-up with your solicitor. This means that you will not have to pay a single penny towards your legal costs, unless your claim is successful.

Should your claim not be successful, you walk away without covering any costs at all.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will discuss the fees upfront, so you know exactly what to expect should your claim win. We are completely transparent with our fees, so there are never any surprises during the process.


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Kate McCue

Medical Negligence Associate Solicitor

Areas of Expertise:
Medical Negligence

Kate joined the Clinical Negligence department at Simpson Millar in January 2023 after previously working at Chris Kallis Solicitors in Plymouth. Kate qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has developed extensive experience in both Personal Injury and Medical Negligence.   

Initially Kate started working as a Defendant Solicitor for firms such as Bond Pearce LLP and DAC Beachcroft Claims Ltd. This has allowed Kate to develop a tactical advantage to her cases, using the experience of how a claim is dealt with from a Defendant’s perspective. 

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