Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent clients who have suffered injuries, such as blindness, due to a doctor’s carelessness when controlling and maintaining a patient’s diabetes. Not properly controlling a patient’s diabetes is very serious, often requiring extensive medical treatment. When a medical error causes a death, it can give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
Poorly controlled or uncontrolled diabetes often results in blindness of the patient. Blindness resulting from poorly controlled diabetes is referred to as diabetic retinopathy. According to the CDC, diabetes is the number one cause of adult blindness in the U.S. resulting in 24,000 new cases each year.
What are the causes of Diabetic Retinopathy?
People with all types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational) are at risk for diabetic retinopathy. The risk of the condition increases the longer a person has diabetes. Studies estimate that up to 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. Many people are unaware they even have the condition.
The high levels of blood sugar weaken tiny blood vessels in the eye, eventually causing them to bleed. This process leads to diabetic retinopathy. Women who develop or have diabetes during pregnancy may have rapid onset or worsening of diabetic retinopathy.
This bleeding damages the retina, the part of the eye that receives light and sends images to the brain, and can distort vision. In severe cases, it can lead to permanent blindness and loss of vision. Many times, the condition is permanent.
What are the Types of Diabetic Retinopathy Lawsuits?
A person with diabetic retinopathy can file a lawsuit against a physician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist for failing to properly diagnose and treat the condition at an early stage in the disease process. The condition can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. A trained doctor should be able to diagnose the condition and initiate early treatment to prevent permanent harm to the eyes. The failure to do this may constitute medical negligence and give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
To win this type of lawsuit, it must be proven that the medical provider was negligent in failing to diagnose diabetic retinopathy or in failing to refer the patient to a specialist with the expertise to make an accurate diagnosis. It must also be proven that an earlier diagnose would have led to treatment that would have minimized the severity of the harm to the eyes and vision. We find the top medical specialists in the United States to review the medical records and give expert opinions on these issues.
How much are Diabetic Retinopathy Lawsuit Settlements?
There is no formula or settlement calculator to determine the proper compensation in your case. Many factors are used to determine the amount of an eye injury settlement, including:
- The type of negligence that caused the condition
- The permanency of the condition
- The severity of the harm (complete vs. partial blindness)
- How the condition has affected the victim's life (inability drive, work, read, etc.)
- The age and occupation of the patient
- Whether the person has suffered a loss of income or earnings, and if so, how much money?
- The amount of medical expenses (past, present, and future)
- The type and amount of insurance coverage available to pay your settlement.
Eye injury cases often result in substantial settlements due to the severe impact on a person's life. Our attorneys will discuss your case with you, evaluate the factors of your case, and give your our thoughts and opinions about the settlement value of your case.
Best Michigan Diabetic Retinopathy Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful medical malpractice attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
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Contact Your Michigan Diabetic Retinopathy Lawyers
Our Michigan lawyers are experienced trial attorneys who know what it takes to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your case. If you or a loved one has suffered blindness or loss of vision due to undiagnosed or untreated diabetic retinopathy, call us at to learn about your legal right to a settlement.