We were instructed to investigate the delayed diagnosis and treatment of wet macular degeneration in an extremely sprightly 81 year old lady who was very active in the community and was still working part time. Due to an administrative error, her referral for investigations for suspected wet macular degeneration was delayed and she was not seen within the mandatory two week period.
By the time she had an appointment, approximately two months later, her condition had deteriorated to the point that treatment by Lucentis injections would no longer be fruitful. Had she been seen on time, she would have been a good candidate for Lucentis therapy and was likely, on balance, to have retained her eyesight. Instead, she lost almost all the useful vision in one eye and suffered a reduction in mobility and confidence as a result. It had a huge impact on her lifestyle.
The claim settled pre action for £120,000 plus costs.