Mr R, aged 44, suffered from high pressure (glaucoma) in both of his eyes. He was told he would have surgery to reduce the pressure, and was consented to the same. The hospital failed to list him for surgery, and, during the extended delay, Mr R became totally blind in one eye.
His claim settled in the sum of £45,000. The value of the claim reflected the fact that the eye which went blind was “lazy” and had only 50% vision prior to the negligence.