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Guide Dogs: independence for those who have suffered blindness due to medical negligence

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    The Clinical Negligence Team are proud to support Guide Dogs Week 2013 (5 – 13 October), which promotes independence following blindness.

    By Lucy Crawford

The Clinical Negligence Team handle a variety of claims.  Loss of sight through clinical negligence – whether as a result of eye surgery, an undiagnosed eye infection or completely unrelated medical treatment – is often sudden and unexpected resulting in a complete change of lifestyle.  Our job as lawyers in the Clinical Negligence Team is to ensure that our clients receive maximum damages for their injury and financial losses to secure their future independence.

HOW CAN GUIDE DOGS HELP?

From our experience, clients can particularly struggle with coming to terms with the effects of losing their sight through clinical negligence.  Understandably they are often initially reluctant to outwardly signal their vision impairment, such as by having a guide dog, for fear that they will be treated less favourably by their wider community.

For those who have suffered blindness due to medical negligence the cost of a guide dog can be fully recoverable as part of their legal claim.

Guide Dogs is a charity which expertly breed and train thousands of guide dogs to provide independence and freedom to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life. The charity also campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about eye care and funds eye disease research.

Guide Dogs Week promotes the work that the charity does and seeks charitable support through donations and sponsorship to help fund more puppies through training school.

SPONSORING THROUGH GUIDE DOGS

Sponsoring a guide dog is a great way for both children and adults alike to learn about the skills needed to support those with sight impairment and make people aware of the difficulties encountered in day to day life.

We at Withy King recognise the hard work of guide dogs and the Clinical Negligence Team are delighted to sponsor a guide dog puppy, Tilly, who is the charity’s 100th Guide Dog through the Sponsor a Puppy Scheme.  Tilly has recently been successful in securing a place at puppy training school and is learning new skills all the time!

If you have suffered a visual impairment as a result of a negligent doctor then contact the Clinical Negligence Team who can advise you on any potential claim and aids available to you, such as owning a guide dog, to ensure your continued quality of life and independence.

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