Sustaining an injury to the eye, or eyes, can be devastating and dramatically affect the quality of life of the victim. If you have suffered an injury to the eye through an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, you may be interested to find out more about eye injury claims as you may be eligible to make an eye injury compensation claim yourself.
Sustaining an eye injury, cannot only be really painful, but can also have dire consequences for the sufferer. Even a slight scratch on the eye can leave the sufferer in a great deal of discomfort and leave them with reduced vision until healed. More severe injuries to the eye or even the loss of an eye however, can have life changing repercussions for the victim of the injury. Permanent reduced vision or total blindness in one or both eyes can dramatically affect the everyday life of the victim, from participating in their usual recreational hobbies, to their ability to do their job, completely changing how they go about their normal routine. They may lose their independence and their quality of life will be hugely affected.
If you have sustained an injury to one or both of your eyes through no fault of your own, perhaps maybe due to a work accident, a sporting accident, or due to medical negligence of some kind, however the accident occurred, if it was not your fault, you may be entitled to eye injury negligence compensation. Legal Helpline is a claims management company that has a panel of solicitors with years of experience in eye injury claims and can help you to start your claim, just call them on 0161 696 9685.
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- Eye Injury Claims Guide
- Common types of eye injuries
- I’ve suffered an eye injury, what should I do?
- Claiming compensation for an eye injury at work
- Claiming compensation for an eye injury in a public place
- Claiming compensation for loss of sight
- Starting an eye injury claim
- Determining how severe an eye injury is
- What compensation can I claim for my eye injury?
- How much compensation for an eye injury?
- Eye injury no win no fee claims
- Can Legal Helpline get me compensation?
- Contacting Legal Helpline to start an eye injury claim
- Useful links and resources
Legal Helpline have put together this eye injury compensation guide in order to give an informed overview of the processes involved in eye injury claims.
Within this guide, you will find the answers to questions such as ‘How much can I get for an eye injury?’ or ‘How much is an eye injury worth?’. Also the guide will explain what to do if you sustain an eye injury, how to start an eye injury claim, what can be included in your claim, and lots more.
We explain how the eye injury is assessed to determine its severity and the effect this result can have on the amount of compensation you could be awarded. Proving liability is key to winning your case and we cover how liability may be established in different cases, all possibly affecting the way the case is conducted and its outcome.
Lastly, we also cover the benefits of using a personal injury claims firm and how our no win no fee policy can allow you to have legal help and guidance without risking your finances.
There are a number of different types of eye injury that can occur, with some injuries being more common than others. The most common eye injuries include:
- Fractures or Breaks – If the eye is hit with a blunt force, the eye socket can suffer a fracture or break.
- Blunt Force Trauma – This is when the eye is injured after being hit with a blunt force. A ‘black eye’ is a typical minor injury of a blunt force trauma. A more severe injury will be a fracture or break as mentioned above.
- Scratches or abrasions – These may occur to the actual eyeball, or to the eye lids resulting in pain and discomfort and often reduced vision until healed.
- Foreign Bodies – Objects entering the eye which cause damage to the eyeball such as grit, sand, dust, wood or metal shavings.
- Needlestick Injuries and Cuts – Where something has pierced into the eyeball or soft tissue around the eye.
- Chemical Burns and Abrasions – Where a chemical has come into contact with the eye. A minor injury may cause irritation and redness, but a more severe injury will involve severe burn to the eyeball and permanent damage.
- Negligence during Laser Surgery – The eyeball may become damaged during laser eye surgery due to the procedure not being carried out properly.
- Ultra Violet Light damage – Exposing the eyeball to too much UV rays, often caused by not protecting the eyes sufficiently whilst using a sun bed.
- Medical Negligence – Being misdiagnosed or mistreated by a medical professional can result in damage occurring to the eye.
If you have suffered a common eye injury like those listed above, or any other eye injury, through no fault of your own, we can help you to make a personal injury claim for eye injury compensation.
If you have been involved in an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault and sustained an eye injury, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
As with all personal injury claims, proving liability is vital and providing evidence in support of your claim can really help to strengthen your case in readiness for court proceedings. In order to provide evidence, there are a number of things you can do, such as:
- Accident at work – If your injury occurred whilst you were at work, make sure that the accident and your injury is recorded in the work’s accident record book and ask for a copy. All employers, by law, must keep an accident record book and ensure entries are made when necessary.
- Accident in a public place .1. – If your eye injury was a result of an accident in a public place such as a shop or shopping centre for example, make sure the accident and injury are recorded in the accident record book. All companies that are open to the general public are legally required to hold an accident record book to record any accidents involving a member of the public. Ask for a copy of the report made in the record book.
- Accident in a public place .2. – If your injury was the result of an accident in a public place such as in a park, along a pathway or road for example, through no fault of your own, the Local Authority or Council will, in most cases, be responsible. It is imperative that the accident is reported and documented. Also, taking photos of where the accident happened and the reason for the accident if possible can really help to back up your turnoff events. If the emergency services were called, ask for the incident report number.
- Make sure you keep the receipts of any expenses you have incurred, such as travel or medical expenses, directly as a result of your injury. These will form part of the special damages section in your claim.
By doing as many of the above as you can will help to strengthen your case and ensure that those liable for your accident are held responsible, and giving your claim a better chance of being successful.
All employers are required by law to provide a safe working environment for their employees in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. If they fail to do so, and you sustain an eye injury as a result, they will be found to be in breach of their duty of care to their employees.
How much compensation for an eye injury at work? Further on in the guide, we have put together a table of average compensation amounts awarded for a number of different eye injuries. The amount you are paid for your injury will reflect those in the table regardless of where the injury actually took place. What will make the overall amount different however, is whether the company you work for were in breach of the Health and Safety rules and regulations and guilty of gross negligence.
If you have sustained an eye injury in an accident at work, no matter to how minor or severe, due to no fault of your own whilst at work, contact us at Legal Helpline to find out more about accident at work claims.
Claiming compensation for an accident that occurred in a public place resulting in an eye injury will differ in the way it is processed depending on where or what type of public place the accident occurred in.
For those accidents that happen in public places where the local authority or council have the responsibility to maintain them, such as public parks, footpaths, public children’s play areas etc. and public accessible institutions and buildings such as libraries or public toilets, the compensation claim will be made against the local authority or council.
For accidents that occur in places that are made accessible to the public by private companies such as shops and shopping centres for example, then the compensation claim would be filed against the company. Other examples of company owned areas accessible to the public include car parks, gyms, swimming pools, supermarkets and restaurants.
It is important to point out that the compensation paid out for an eye injury will not be the same as compensation paid out for the loss of an eye. If someone was to lose sight in on eye, without including other damages, the average compensation paid out would be:
- For the complete loss of one eye – The amount will range between £41,675 – £50,000. The amount awarded will depend on the claimant’s age and whether there was also any significant scarring or other cosmetic injuries.
- Complete loss of sight in one eye – The award will range between £37,450 – £41,675 and will take into account the severity. The higher payment amount would represent the loss of sight plus the compensation for any scarring that has occurred, rather than there being a separate amount for the scarring.
If you have been in an accident that wasn’t your fault and ended up with an eye injury, you may be interested in making an eye injury compensation claim but don’t know where to start. At Legal Helpline, we make it simple, all you need to do is give us a call and we can take it from there.
When you call us, you will be offered a free consultancy session where you can freely ask as many questions as you need to in regards to making a claim, and we can use the time to gather the information from you surrounding your case. At this stage, we will give our expert and honest opinion on whether you have a valid claim or not.
If we are satisfied you have a valid case, we will in most circumstances, offer to take on your case for you under a no win no fee agreement. We can then set to work on working hard behind the scenes and gathering more evidence in order to build you a strong case. We may also offer you a free local medical if we feel this could be beneficial for your case.
As far as eye injury claims are concerned, there is no way of deciding on an average payout amount that could be awarded for an eye injury as a general straight forward injury. All eye injuries are different and can affect people differently. The severity of an eye injury can vary and its effect on one person’s life may be a little, or a lot worse, than its effect on another.
One of the most important and deciding factors of how much compensation someone may be paid, is how severe the injury is. The more severe the injury, the higher the payout amount will be. When the severity of an eye injury is assessed, the pain and suffering the claimant has experienced will be taken into account, plus the impact it has had on the life and well-being, and their future prognosis.
So as you can see, in order to be awarded the correct compensation in relation to the suffering you have endured, it is really important to have a thorough medical assessment.
A personal injury claim does not just include compensation for the injury itself, but also includes a number of other things that will have been affected or a result of the injury occurring. There are two main categories that theses damages fall into, general damages and special damages:
- General Damages – These cover the severity of the injury itself, the pain and suffering the claimant experienced at the time of the accident and has experienced since the accident. Any psychological effects or mental anguish resulting from the accident and injury will also be taken into account, as will the long term effects to the claimant and their future prognosis.
- Special Damages – These cover the financial losses that have resulted from the accident and injury, such as
– Medical Expenses – Any medical costs that you have incurred such as costs for prescriptions, treatments, counselling etc. because of the accident will be accounted for within the claim amount.
– Travel Expenses – If you have had to pay travel costs or had to make vehicle adaptions solely as a result of your injury, these can be included in the claim.
– Loss of Income – Any loss of wages due to having to take time off of work whilst recovering, or because you are unable to do your job anymore because of your eye injury, can be included in the claim. Any potential future losses may also be taken into consideration.
– Care Claim – If you have required the services of a carer then this should be included in the claim also.
Using an eye injury compensation calculator can only give an estimation of what amount you might receive as your settlement award. It would be impossible to correctly give an exact figure as there are so many variables to take into considering. However, just as a guide, we have included in the table a list of eye injuries and the amount that may be awarded in accordance with the latest judicial guidelines.
|Reason for Compensation||Average Amount Awarded||Comments|
|Total Blindness and Deafness||Up to £354,260||The high compensation amount reflects the absolute devastation of such injuries.|
|Total Blindness||Up to £235,630|
|Loss of sight in one eye, also reduced vision in other eye||£56,070 -£157,600||The higher amount will be for those where the prognosis suggests further deterioration of the eye with reduced vision. Problems with double vision may also be present.|
|Total loss of one eye||£48,080 - £57,590||The award amount will depend on factors such as the claimants age, the psychological impact and the cosmetic effect.|
|Total loss of sight in one eye||£43,200 - £48,080||The higher amount takes into consideration any scarring around the eye which may have happened due to the injury.|
|Total loss of sight in one eye less severe||£7,990 - £34,460||The higher amount would be awarded to those with constant double or blurred vision, whereas the lower amounts awarded to those with either intermittent double and blurred vision, or no double or blurred visions at all.|
|Minor Eye Injuries||£1,930 - £7,650||Minor eye injuries such as scratches, foreign bodies and black eye that recover fully over time.|
These amounts are based on the general damages part of the compensation claim. The items in the special damages section of the claim will be added to make the final settlement amount.
Legal Helpline in most circumstances will offer to manage your case for you under a no win no fee agreement. This allows people to claim for the compensation they deserve with legal assistance no matter what their financial situation as with no win no fee there are no upfront costs or payments to be made throughout the whole claiming process. Our fees are only subject to payment if we are successful in winning your case for you and the payment for these will be a small percentage of the final eye injury settlement amount when it is paid. If we were unsuccessful and lost the case, we do not charge our clients a penny, hence the no win no fee name of agreement.
With this type of policy there are no financial risks at all, and therefore no gamble of your current finances, whilst still benefitting from legal representation increasing your chances of making a successful claim and being awarded the maximum amount possible.
If you have Legal Helpline to conduct your eye injury compensation claim on your behalf, you can rest assure that your case will be in the best hands. Legal Helpline have been specialising in the personal injury claims industry for years and have gained a fantastic reputation. Eye injury claims have been a regular occurrence over the years and so Legal Helpline have built up lots of experience in successfully handling these types of cases.
We are a reliable, friendly, hard-working team who are dedicated to getting our client’s the compensation they deserve. We always treat each individual case with the attention it needs to ensure that we claim for the maximum amount possible, although we work quickly and efficiently, we never rush through a claims process as we want to make sure that we get the very best result for our clients and so leave no stone unturned.
We offer great customer service with the added benefits of offering a no win no fee agreement, a free local medical if required and a free consultation session. Entrusting Legal Helpline to conduct your eye injury claims for you will allow you to fully concentrate on your recovery with the knowledge that a highly professional and experienced personal injury solicitor is working hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you would like to discuss eye injury claims in more detail, or would like us to manage your eye injury compensation claim on your behalf, just call us on 0161 696 9685 and we will do our best to assist you.
If your child has suffered an eye injury this page explains the process of making a compensation claim on behalf of a child.
This is the NHS guide to eye injuries and gives lots of helpful information on what to do if you have suffered an eye injury of some kind.
This link leads to the St John Ambulance sight which gives first aid advice on how to deal with certain eye injuries and what you can and should do if you or someone you know sustains an injury to the eye.