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Helling v. Carey
Citation:519 P.2d 981 (Wash. 1974)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Barbara Helling (Plaintiff) first visited Dr. Thomas Carey and Dr. Robert Laughlin (Defendants) in 1959 concerning her eyesight. She was fitted with contact lenses but returned numerous times over the next nine years complaining about irritation in her eyes. In 1968, the Defendants conducted an eye pressure test for the first time, and discovered Plaintiff suffered from glaucoma. Plaintiff was thirty-two at this time. Plaintiff sued Defendants, alleging that their failure to conduct a pressure test was negligence resulting in her near total loss of vision. The Defendants argue that in their profession, routine eye pressure tests are not standard care for people under the age of forty.
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