Other triggers for a malpractice lawsuit that we’ve come across in our practice include the following.

  • Misdiagnosis of intraocular disease
  • Corneal disease
  • Not obtaining informed consent
  • Complications in contact lens wearers leading to diagnostic errors
  • Failing to use diagnostic drugs for dilation of the pupil
  •  Adverse responses to ophthalmic drug
  • Not receiving proper notification about the risks of procedures or of other treatment options
  • Failure to offer binocular vision therapy to amblyopic children

Do you have a valid medical malpractice case?

Proving medical malpractice takes three elements.

  • Unacceptable care: Did the optometrist act in a way that most other optometrists in similar situations would have acted? Did he or she follow normal protocols and guidelines provided by the American Optometric Association? If your doctor fell short of the industry standard of care, it might be considered malpractice.
  • Causation: The optometrist’s behavior must be directly linked to your harm. In other words, if not for the doctor’s negligence, you would not have been harmed. If you were injured or sustained injuries but it was a natural symptom of your disease not necessarily the doctor’s actions, then you can’t hold the doctor accountable.
  • Damages: You have to have sustained actual damages as a result of the optometrist’s mistake. If s/he made an error, but no harm came of it, you have no cause to file a suit.

Speaking to a Medical Malpractice Attorney about Your Case

Optometrists have a high standard of care for patients. If they breach this standard and are careless or negligent with their patients, it can have serious, long-term ramifications.

  • Blindness
  • Debilitating headaches
  • Fatality

If you reside in Georgia and think you may have a medical malpractice case on your hands, malpractice attorney Jason R. Schultz can help. Call the office at 404-474-0804 and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.