Sonia, aged 35, from Winchester, pursued a Clinical Negligence claim regarding the performance of her Lasik eye surgery at a local Ophthalmologist clinic in 2009.
Sonia suffered from pre-existing Dry-Eye Syndrome and alleged that the risks associated with having that condition were not explained to her pre-surgery. Sonia maintained that she would not have gone ahead with the surgery if she had understood the risks. Furthermore, it was alleged that the infection control procedures were substandard, resulting in the claimant suffering from acute bilateral bacterial keratitis. Sonia was also not examined by her Consultant after the surgery, but seen by a nurse who spoke with the Consultant over the phone. The Consultant then advised that Sonia should continue with an inappropriate antibiotic, and receive increased doses of a steroid that led to worsening of the infection. Sonia’s prescription was eventually modified, but her Consultant failed to refer her to a specialist eye hospital until three days later, where she had a bilateral flap lift. Subsequently, the condition in her right eye did not improve, and she had to have a further flap lift two months later.
The infection was cured a year later, but Sonia was left with corneal scarring and aggravation of her dry-eye condition. As a result, Sonia was unable to return to her pre-operative employment role.
Neil Fearn was instructed by the client in 2016 and obtained expert evidence from a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Psychiatrist that supported Sonia’s claims. The Defendant initially offered to settle for £80k in 2013, but the claim was ultimately settled in 2017 for a lump sum of £500k.