If you’ve suffered an eye injury from an accident you weren’t liable for, causing symptoms such as blurred vision or visual deterioration, you may be able to claim compensation. Eye pain can greatly impact the quality of your life, which is why you may want to see if you can make a personal injury claim. This guide will show you how using the services of a No Win No Fee eye injury lawyer could result in you receiving compensation.
We will answer important questions like:
- How can I claim eye injury compensation?
- How can a personal injury lawyer help me with my claim?
- In what instances could I claim for an eye injury from an accident at work?
- What is the personal injury claims time limit?
- What are the potential symptoms of an eye injury?
- How much compensation for an eye injury could I receive?
- What is the claims process?
Claiming Compensation For An Eye Injury
Our advisors offer free legal advice, so please contact us if you have queries, such as wanting to know how much you could receive for an injury caused by clinical negligence. We are available 24/7, so you can do this at a time that suits you using the details below.
- Call us on 0800 073 8801
- Email us the details of your injury to email@example.com
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- Contact us on our website
Read on to learn more about how an eye injury lawyer could help you make a personal injury claim.
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- A Guide To How An Eye Injury Lawyer Could Help You
- What Is An Eye Injury?
- Symptoms Of An Eye Injury
- Causes of Eye Injuries
- Eye Injuries In The Workplace
- Statistics On Eye Injuries In The Workplace
- Medical Negligence Causing Eye Injuries
- Head And Facial Trauma Injuries
- Common Eye Injuries
- Eye Injury Lawyer: Estimating Your Payout
- How Solicitors Calculate Your Compensation
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You could be looking into personal injury claims due to suffering an eye injury that permanently affects your vision. Whether you’re suffering from light sensitivity, corneal abrasions, or deteriorating vision, you may be able to claim if the accident that caused them wasn’t your fault. Making a successful claim revolves around showing that third party negligence caused your injury.
This guide will illustrate different types of negligence to give you a better understanding of your situation and describe how you can make a claim. For free legal advice, please call our advisors using the phone number above. They’re available 24/7, so you can call them at a time that works for you.
An eye injury can range from mild inconvenience to permanently altering aspects of your eyesight, such as your central vision. It can be a singular injury or, in some cases, one of the complications to a more serious one, such as a head injury.
If you suffer from a complete loss of vision caused by damage to your optic nerve, for instance, it completely changes your quality of life. Even less serious injuries, such as a traumatic retinal detachment, can take months to heal.
Symptoms of an eye injury include:
- Initial pain and swelling
- An inability to move the eye correctly
- Redness and bruising
- Bleeding, potentially causing your eye to turn red
- Changes to your vision, such as seeing flashes of light or floating black spots
If you have an object stuck in your eye, it can become inflamed and irritated, causing common symptoms, such as eye-watering. The complexity of your injury and the length of time you’ve suffered with it are two of the deciding factors in calculating how much compensation you could receive.
You could be looking for an eye injury lawyer for many reasons. Just as there are many potential symptoms, there are also many common causes. Causes of eye injuries include:
- Participating in sports. For instance, injuries like this could be caused by colliding with other players or being struck by a basketball.
- Blunt force trauma to the head and/or eye.
- Damage caused by chemicals.
- Straining your eye from coughing, vomiting or lifting a heavy object.
Regarding making a successful personal injury claim, you would need to prove that third party negligence led to the injury. For you to be able to receive compensation, these three criteria need to be met:
- Firstly, the third party must have a duty of care towards you.
- Secondly, the third party must have done something that has breached this duty of care causing an accident or incident.
- The accident or incident must have led to your injury.
It’s only when all three of these have been met that you could be able to successfully hire an eye injury lawyer to make a claim.
If you’re unsure if your injury meets all of the above criteria, don’t worry. You can call our advisors for free legal advice, and they can inform you in just a few minutes if you’re able to claim.
This section will highlight the kind of injuries you could suffer at a workplace due to employer negligence. Employers have a duty of care to all of their employees to make sure, within reason, that the facilities provided are safe and secure enough to be used.
Risks can come from many different areas: any faulty or insufficient mechanism or material could potentially cause an injury. The employer’s duty of care is illustrated in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
If you’ve been injured due to an accident caused by faulty work equipment that your employer was aware of, you may be able to claim compensation due to employer negligence.
You may be wanting to use an eye injury lawyer due to an accident at work caused by:
- Falling from a faulty ladder. This could cause a head injury, leading to you suffering from visual impairment and a sensitivity to bright light. If your employer was aware it was faulty or didn’t ensure it was safe to use, you could claim.
- Using unsafe work equipment, such as defective eye googles your employer has provided you. A serious chemical burn could cause blindness, or prolonged exposure to toxic fumes could result in you needing medical attention.
- Being asked to carry an object that is too heavy. This could lead to you slipping and injuring yourself.
Regarding what the employer could do to prevent potential injuries, they would need to adhere to their duty of care by taking all reasonable measures to review the worksite for potential hazards.
If you injure yourself despite the employer doing everything reasonably practicable, you wouldn’t be able to claim compensation. To know more about the types of reportable incidents in a workplace, visit the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
The HSE analyses workplaces across Great Britain, providing guidelines and statistics highlighting potential areas of improvement for employee safety. As you can see above, the latest figures available show that, from 2014/15 to 2019/20, there have been at least 794 reported non-fatal eye injuries per year. Across the five years, this equates to over 4,800 eye injuries.
These types of injuries at the workplace may happen more often than you think. Therefore, if you’ve suffered an accident at work that has caused symptoms such as visual deterioration or complete loss of vision, you have every right to see if you could receive eye injury compensation.
Contacting our advisors could lead to you getting in touch with a specialised personal injury solicitor or an eye injury lawyer that could help you get compensation. You can call us at any time by using the phone number at the top of this page.
You could be looking to claim compensation due to medical negligence. When we’re in the care of doctors or medical professionals, if their actions go below the expected standard of their profession, it can cause us serious health issues.
The duty of care of a medical professional revolves around them performing tasks to the expected standard required. Importantly, it doesn’t mean that they can’t make mistakes — mistakes can skills happen and not be a consequence or cause of medical negligence.
However, you may be able to claim if you suffer unnecessary harm caused by medical negligence instead of an expected potential medical complication.
Incidents that could lead to you contacting an eye injury lawyer due to medical negligence include:
- Being misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis is not always medical negligence. However, if a medical professional misdiagnoses you despite clear symptoms indicating the true problem, this could be medical negligence. This could lead to you suffering eye pain and corneal abrasions due to the length of time taken to find the correct diagnosis.
- A surgical error. For example, you could receive substandard laser eye surgery that could cause permanent symptoms, such as visual acuity.
- An unnecessarily prolonged procedure due to a foreign body being stuck in your eye. This could put further strain on your body, resulting in you potentially losing sight in one eye.
You could also suffer from clinical negligence due to a negligent prescription error or a GP giving you negligent medical advice. It isn’t just these types of injuries you can claim for, however. If you’ve experienced a cancer misdiagnosis due to negligence, or you want to claim for general hospital negligence, you can contact us now for free legal advice.
Injuries caused by head and facial trauma can cause complications to your eye. Many of the bones in your face are structured around your eyes. Therefore, if you suffer an injury to parts of your face, such as the zygomatic bone or temporal bone, it can lead to an eye injury.
These facial injuries could be caused by a road traffic accident. Every road user in England, Scotland and Wales has a duty of care to one another under The Highway Code. The Code illustrates safe and secure conduct while using the roads and, due to doing this, also clarifies that any action that goes against these rules could be deemed reckless driving. If you’ve been a victim of someone else’s reckless driving, it could be argued that they’ve breached their duty of care.
Examples of facial injuries that could lead to contacting an eye injury lawyer include:
- Suffering damage to your nasal and maxilla bones due to another car swerving out in front of you at high speed without indicating.
- Needing medical attention due to being knocked off your bike by a careless driver who drove into the roundabout at the incorrect moment. As a result, you fall on the floor and suffer a skull fracture.
- A lorry driver not checking their mirrors, meaning their vehicle slams into yours. This could cause you to suffer visual impairment leading to light sensitivity and, in extreme cases, blindness.
Common eye injuries that another third party’s negligence could cause include:
- A scratched cornea: This could be caused by a poke in the eye or using dangerous equipment. While this can heal within a few weeks, it can cause further complications such as infection if it’s not treated.
- Your eye being penetrated by a foreign body: For example, a piece of shrapnel could enter your eye, causing you to suffer from visual acuity. If you were wearing protective equipment at the time, you could claim if the work equipment was not sufficient.
- Swelling around the eye: This could be caused by a violent criminal attack, such as a mugging. To claim for violent acts of this nature, you need to do so through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). A personal injury lawyer will still be able to help you through the claims process.
To know more about making an eye injury claim, please contact our advisors for free legal advice using the details above. They can provide you with a quick, reliable compensation estimate.
There are two potential heads of claim in any personal injury claim.
- General damages relate to the psychological and physical pain caused, as well as the general decline in your quality of life.
- Special damages relate to the financial losses caused by the injury.
The amount of compensation you could receive depends on the nature of your injury and how negatively it’s affected your life.
You may be wondering, “How much general damages compensation could I receive after I’ve suffered an eye injury?” The Judicial College has analysed many general damages payouts, comparing them to the nature and extremity of the injury. As such, they’ve been able to create compensation brackets that can indicate the compensation you could receive. Our advisors use this information to provide you with as reliable a compensation estimate as possible.
Below is a list of injuries and their respective compensation bracket. The Judicial College provided these figures.
|Type of Injury||Amount of Compensation||Description|
|Loss||In the region of £252,180||(b) Total blindness in both eyes.|
|Loss||£51,460 to £61,690||(d) The complete loss of one eye.|
|Eye||£90,100 to £168,730||(c) (i) This injury has resulted in loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the eye remaining. This bracket is for if there is a significant chance of further deterioration in the remaining eye.|
|Eye||£46,240 to £51,460||(e) This bracket is for people who have suffered sight loss in one eye only. This award takes into account the potential risks of sympathetic ophthalmia.|
|Eye||£8,550 to £19,690||(g) Minor vision impairment in one or both eyes on a permanent basis. This includes cases where there is double vision.|
|Eye||£22,230 to £36,960||(f) This injury would lead to serious but partial loss of vision in one eye without a serious risk of the same or similar happening to the other.|
|Eye||£60,010 to £99,440||(c) (ii) Injuries in this bracket revolve around only one eye being fully functional. However, the issues with the remaining eye are less severe, such as double vision, etc.|
|Eye||£3,710 to £8,200||(h) This bracket includes minor injuries caused by incidents like being struck in the eye or exposure to fumes, such as smoke.|
|Brain||£140,870 to £205,580||(c) (i) This bracket includes brain damage that causes a moderate to severe intellectual deficit and an effect on sight.|
You may also like to know about the personal injury claims time limit. To make a successful claim, you need to contact us within three years of the accident or three years from the date you were made aware of the injury being caused by negligence. The latter is more for incidents that may have caused you illness that you were initially unaware of. This is highlighted in greater detail in the Limitation Act 1980.
If you’d like a reliable compensation estimate or have more questions about the time limit, please call us to speak to one of our advisors. We also have specialised advisors and legal representatives who can help you if you’ve injured yourself abroad, in countries like Spain or Italy. Please call us for free legal advice using the phone number at the top of this page.
Your eye injury lawyer will also check if you’re able to claim for special damages. They relate to any financial losses you’ve suffered due to the injury. Therefore, you could claim for things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- Prescription/medicine expenses
- Care costs, such as if you needed professional care while you recovered or even gracious care from your family or friends
- Recreational activities that you’re now unable to attend
You will need evidence, such as receipts, invoices and bank statements, to prove the value of the losses you’re looking to claim. Without this, you may only receive a partial amount or none of the compensation you’re looking to recover due to financial loss.
Working with legal representation on a No Win No Fee basis means that you agree on a Conditional Fee Agreement with them. Therefore, you would only pay the legal fees under certain circumstances. This means that:
- Your personal injury lawyer will not request payment of their legal fees, either during the claims process or beforehand.
- Instead, they will only take legal fees from you once your claim has been successful. This will be a small, legally capped percentage taken from your compensation.
- They will also not request any legal fees from you if your claim is unsuccessful.
What’s more, you don’t need to worry about them wasting your time as they will only take your case if there’s a reasonably good chance your claim will be successful.
Our advisors offer free legal advice 24/7, so they can be contacted at any time that works for you. They can help you with any queries you have about the claims process, inform you if you’re eligible to claim, and even give you a reliable compensation estimate in minutes.
Our experienced, knowledgeable No Win No Fee lawyers and solicitors could result in you receiving thousands of pounds in compensation.
Want to see if you can use an eye injury lawyer to receive compensation? If so, contact us using the details below.
- Call us on 0800 073 8801
- Email us the details of your injury using firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to us using the Live Chat service on the right-hand side of your screen
- Contact us on our website for a callback
For more useful information about personal injury claims, please see below.
To know more about eye injuries and infections, read this NHS guidance.
Want more information about corneal abrasions? If so, read our guide.
If you’d like to know more about how to treat a chemical injury to the eye, read our guide.
Had an allergic reaction to an eyelash extension? If so, and you want to see if you can claim, visit our website.
To see if you can claim for a scarring injury, view our guide.
To discover more about claiming for serious eye injuries at work, take a look at our guide.
For answers to frequently asked questions about eye injuries, see below.
What indicates an eye injury is serious?
Experiencing such symptoms as eye pain, prolonged irritation, and changes to your vision could indicate that the eye injury is serious. However, you should discuss this with a medical professional.
What is considered a traumatic eye injury?
Eye trauma relates to a direct blow to the eye. Any eye injury such as this can cause trauma, ranging from minor injuries to major ones.
How long does an eye injury take to heal?
It depends on the severity of the injury. Always refer to a medical professional for an assessment of your injury. Contact us directly to learn more about the benefits of using an eye injury lawyer.
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Edited by RV