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Ophthalmology is a medical specialty dealing with the treatment of the eyes. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors and must adhere to a high standard of care when rendering treatment to patients. If you see an ophthalmologist for a problem with your eyes, you trust that the treatment you receive will improve your condition. Unfortunately, in rare cases, a patient’s condition will be made worse by substandard treatment. When this occurs, it may be considered ophthalmologist malpractice.
Optometrists are not medical doctors. Optometrists receive a doctor of optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. They are not licensed to perform eye surgery.
Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation with our knowledgeable New Jersey ophthalmologist malpractice and optometry malpractice lawyers to learn more about how having our firm on your side can help you in pursuing fair and full compensation for the harm and losses that you have endured.
An ophthalmologist may commit malpractice when the treatment they render to a patient falls below the applicable standard of care for an average ophthalmologist. Mistakes that may lead to ophthalmologist malpractice can include:
When an ophthalmologist commits an error during care, it can lead to malpractice when the patient suffers some sort of injury due to the error and incurs expenses or losses for which they can be financially compensated.
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Ophthalmologist malpractice can lead to a wide variety of patient injuries, including:
When medical malpractice injures a patient, the patient must usually undergo additional treatment for the harm inflicted, which means more medical bills, lost time from work, and other expenses and losses that the patient otherwise would not have incurred.
An optometrist may commit malpractice when the treatment they render to a patient falls below the applicable standard of care for an average optometrist. Mistakes that may lead to optometry malpractice can include:
When an optometrist commits an error during care, it can lead to malpractice when the patient suffers some sort of injury due to the error and incurs expenses or losses for which they can be financially compensated.
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Optometry malpractice can lead to a wide variety of patient injuries, including:
When malpractice injures a patient, the patient must usually undergo additional treatment for the harm inflicted, which means more medical bills, lost time from work, and other expenses and losses that the patient otherwise would not have incurred.
If you’ve been the victim of negligent care from an ophthalmologist or optometrist, the New Jersey ophthalmologist malpractice and optometry malpractice lawyers at Team Law can help you pursue financial recovery for the losses and expenses that you incur due to the injuries you suffered, including for:
Our firm will thoroughly investigate your case to recover the evidence needed to persuasively show that you received treatment that fell below the accepted standard of care and that your injuries and harm resulted from that substandard care. Let our attorneys handle the work of building your case, aggressively negotiating with insurance companies and defense attorneys to try to reach a fair and full settlement in your case, and advocating on your behalf in court and at trial if necessary.
If you’ve suffered harm and disability due to negligent ophthalmological care or negligent optometry care, contact Team Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with our New Jersey ophthalmologist malpractice and optometry malpractice lawyers about your case and to discuss your legal rights and your options for holding your healthcare providers accountable for rendering negligent care and injuring you.
Under New Jersey’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims, you typically have two years from the date that you received the negligent medical treatment to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation from the at-fault provider. However, if you received the treatment from a doctor employed by an agency of the State of New Jersey such as UMDNJ or Rutgers Medical School, you only have 90 days to file a notice of claim. Sometimes, the two-year limitations period or 90 day period might not begin until you discover that you have been injured (namely, that you have suffered blindness or vision loss) and that your injury was caused by negligent medical treatment. In any case, if you file a lawsuit after the limitations period has expired on your claim or fail to file a notice of claim against a doctor employed by a state agency, the at-fault parties can file a motion to have your case permanently dismissed from court.
Not every bad outcome from medical treatment will give rise to a claim of malpractice. Instead, you may have a claim for ophthalmologist malpractice or optometry malpractice if your doctor’s treatment of you failed to comply with the applicable standard of care. The standard of care is usually defined as the treatment decisions and actions that other reasonable providers of similar training and experience would undertake in identical circumstances. Put another way, if many other ophthalmologists or optometrist would have rendered the same treatment in your case, you might not have a claim for malpractice even if you suffered an adverse outcome to your treatment.
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