Greetings all! Thanks for taking the time to read my question.
My girlfriend, who is 24 and a type 1 diabetic, went on Depo-Provera in July of 2009. In August 2009, she went to her Ophthalmologist when she had almost complete lack of vision. The Ophthalmologist indicated that her Diabetic Retinopothy had advanced, detaching both retinas and she needed to have them reattached. Her previous exam, in May of 2009 indicated that her eyes were not nearly as advanced as they were at the time of the surgeries in August. In fact, at that time, her follow-up exam wasn't scheduled for another 6 months.
Upon doing some research online, I found out that Depo-Provera shouldn't be prescribed to people with severe diabetes, which with her having type 1 since age 3 and having advancing retinopothy, indicated she was a severe diabetic (and was listed when she started with this doctor).
So the timeline falls like such:
The question I have is in simple form (I understand there is not nearly enough information at this stage) does this appear to be something we should pursue in regards to medical malpractice on the part of her Gynachologist? Her diabetes have caused the issues with the retinopothy in regards to the fact she woudn't have the condition at all if she wasn't diabetic, but my simple Google search indicates that this should NOT have been prescribed to her because of her diabetes, and the timing of it all feels fishy. In addition, it also mentions straight off Pfizer's website that if you have vision issues to stop taking the drug, and she had her last appointment for the Depo Provera in February and even after telling the doctor she had 2 eye surgeries he continued her on this drug. I am just trying to gauge if this doctor could be found negligent. We are in the state of Illinois.
Thanks for you time!