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New Jersey Glaucoma Misdiagnosis Lawyers

Experienced New Jersey Delayed Diagnosis of Glaucoma Lawyers Advocate on Behalf of Victims

Glaucoma is one of several eye conditions that can cause permanent damage to the eye and loss of vision or even blindness. However, glaucoma often may not cause very noticeable symptoms until after permanent damage has occurred. This makes it important for healthcare providers to exercise a great deal of care and skill when treating patients who may be at risk for developing glaucoma or who may exhibit symptoms that might be consistent with the condition. When a provider’s negligence results in glaucoma not being timely diagnosed, they might be held responsible for the harm suffered by a patient. For more than 60 years, the New Jersey glaucoma misdiagnosis lawyers at Team Law have worked tirelessly to help clients who have suffered harm and loss due to medical negligence that leads to misdiagnosis of potentially life-altering conditions. Our attorneys are focused on people who have been injured through no fault of their own obtain financial compensation to help with their recovery and obtain some measure of justice for what they’ve had to endure.

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About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve. This damage is often caused by abnormally high pressure in your eye.  Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of severe loss of vision and blindness. Because the loss of vision is gradual and typically occurs over a long period of time, patients may not notice the change until the condition is in an advanced stage.  Because vision loss due to glaucoma is irreversible, it’s important to have regular eye exams that include measurements of your eye pressure and other tests so a diagnosis can be made in its early stages. If glaucoma is recognized early, vision loss can be slowed or arrested. 

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How Glaucoma is Diagnosed

If your doctor ever had you put your head in front of what looked like a white egg and pushed a button every time a tiny light blinked on, you have had a visual field test.  If your doctor ever had you sit in front of a machine that blew a puff of air into your eye, you have had a rough check of your intraocular pressure.  If your doctor ever put numbing drops into your eyes, placed your chin in a holder, and asked you to stare at his or her ear as a blue light came closer to your eye, you have had Goldmann tonometry, the most accurate way to measure intraocular pressure.   

There is also a test known as a dilated fundus exam.  Drops are used to dilate the pupil so the doctor can examine the head of the optic nerve.  Normally, there is a small crater-like depression seen at the head of the optic nerve head. This depression is known as the cup. Its diameter is smaller than the diameter of the optic nerve (the disc).  The normal ratio between the cup and the disc is 0.3.  In glaucoma, the ratio starts to increase as the depression in the optic nerve grows larger. 

With all these ways to detect glaucoma, one would think a patient who gets regular eye examinations would always have glaucoma detected at an early stage before too much irreversible damage has occurred.  Sadly, that is not always the case.  The New Jersey glaucoma misdiagnosis lawyers at Team Law have handled optometry malpractice cases and ophthalmology malpractice cases in which patients never received any of those tests, or worse, the testing was performed but abnormal results were ignored.   

Not every patient who sees an eye doctor regularly, but does not get diagnosed with glaucoma until it is in an advanced stage, has a malpractice case.  There are, for example, rare types of glaucoma that come on quickly and cause intermittent high pressure, and there are patients who refuse dilation or testing of intraocular pressure. However, if you were not diagnosed with glaucoma until it was in an advanced stage, you should contact us so we can review your medical records and determine if appropriate testing was done, and if the testing was done, we will check to make sure abnormal test results were not ignored.

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The New Jersey Glaucoma misdiagnosis lawyers of Team Law stand ready to fight to help you recover compensation if you’ve been the victim of a misdiagnosis of your glaucoma, including for expenses and losses such as:

Our experienced legal team can review the facts and evidence in your case and, in conjunction with our medical experts, build a persuasive case to show that your glaucoma went undiagnosed due to the errors and negligence of your medical providers. 

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If your glaucoma was misdiagnosed, you may have legal rights and options to seek accountability and justice for the harm you’ve suffered as a result. Call or contact Team Law today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation with our New Jersey glaucoma misdiagnosis lawyers to learn more about how our firm can help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

Frequently Asked Questions about Glaucoma Misdiagnosis in New Jersey

FAQ: If my glaucoma was not promptly diagnosed, have I been the victim of malpractice?

Not always. The law recognizes that medicine is an ever-evolving science and that sometimes adverse outcomes occur despite the best, most competent efforts of healthcare providers. Instead, a glaucoma misdiagnosis may be the result of malpractice if your healthcare provider failed to render treatment to you in accordance with the accepted standard of care. The standard of care is usually defined as actions or decisions that another healthcare provider of similar training and experience would undertake in circumstances identical to your case. Therefore, if other healthcare providers would have acted in the same way as your provider, a misdiagnosis may not constitute malpractice.

FAQ: Do I need New Jersey glaucoma misdiagnosis lawyers to pursue a legal claim?

Pursuing a misdiagnosis medical malpractice claim can be a factually and legally complex endeavor, often requiring sifting through medical records and relying on experts to opine on the standard of care. Having experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey glaucoma misdiagnosis lawyers to handle the hard work in your case may mean the difference in securing fair and full compensation and justice for the harm you have suffered. Your attorneys can not only investigate and prepare a persuasive case on your behalf but can also aggressively pursue settlement or advocate for you in court and at trial.

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