How To Claim Compensation For An Eye Injury

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 11th October 2023. If you’ve suffered an eye injury through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. In this guide, we explain how we can help you claim eye injury compensation.

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What Are The Criteria For Eye Injury Compensation Claims

If you want to make an eye injury claim, you have to be able to prove that you were injured because a third party breached their duty of care. This is a legal responsibility for your health and safety, which can vary depending on the situation. For example:

  • Road users: All road users have a responsibility to avoid causing harm to themselves and others. To fulfil this duty, they must comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the mandatory rules and guidance  set out in the Highway Code.
  • Employers: Employers have a duty of care towards their employees to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep them safe while working. This is outlined under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
  • Occupiers: Those in control of public premises must ensure they are safe for members of the public to use for their intended purpose. The relevant legislation provides for this is the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

If a relevant third party breaches a duty of care they have towards you, it could cause an eye injury. If this has happened to you, you might be able to claim compensation.

Eye injury compensation claims must also be made within the time limit. Under the Limitation Act 1980, you typically have three years from the date of your injuries to claim. However, there are some exceptions to this.

Please call an advisor to learn more about these exceptions or to find out how long you would have to claim compensation for an eye injury.

What To Do If You Suffer An Eye Injury

If you’re seeking an eye injury settlement for an eye injury caused by someone’s negligence, taking the following steps might be useful.

  1. Report the accident. If the eye injury you sustained was due to an accident at work, your employer should record it in the accident book. Should you suffer an eye injury in a public place, you could report the incident to the occupier of the place you were in. In some cases, this might be the local authority; in others, it might be a private business. If you’ve sustained an eye injury in a road traffic accident, you should report it to the police.
  2. Gather evidence from the scene if possible. Check whether there is CCTV footage that might have captured the incident, and take photographs of the scene if possible. Should anyone have witnessed the accident, you could ask for their contact information. 
  3. Get medical attention. It could be wise to seek professional medical advice about your eye injury. This could also provide a record of you having been injured. 
  4. Know your rights. The process of a personal injury claim and the eligibility criteria for claiming might be new to you. Therefore, getting legal advice and finding out your rights could be useful. 

If you want to learn more about how the personal injury claim process works, why not get in touch? Our advisors can offer free advice regarding the eye injury compensation claims process.

Claiming Compensation For A Workplace Eye Injury

Our personal injury claims calculator provides an idea of the level of compensation for an eye injury at work you may receive in a successful personal injury claim. The amounts indicated cover examples of shares awarded to people in the past whether they were involved in an accident at work or elsewhere. However, should an employer be guilty of “gross negligence” and it can be proved they breached Health and Safety Executive regulations, the amount you may be awarded could be significantly more?

If you have suffered an eye injury through no fault of your own whilst at work, and Accident Claims personal injury lawyer would assess your case before offering valuable legal advice on how to proceed with a personal injury claim against a negligent employer.

Can I Claim Eye Injury Compensation For An Accident In A Public Place?

Should you have been involved in an accident in a public place that left you with an eye injury, you may be entitled to file a claim for eye injury compensation, but the liability would depend on where and how the incident occurred.

  • Should the accident have happened in an area that is open to the privately-owned public, the responsibility would fall to the owners whether the incident took place in a supermarket, private car park, gym, restaurant, swimming pools or restaurant.
  • If the accident occurred in a public area that is owned by a local authority, the responsibility and liability would fall to a local council whether the incident happened on a public footpath, park, library, play area or other areas that are operated and owned by a local authority.

Eye Injury Compensation Payouts

You may like to know your potential eye injury compensation value. As you can see from the special damages section above, every eye injury claim is different. This means that the figures in our table below will not tell you exactly how much compensation for an eye injury you will receive. Instead, we’ve provided it to help illustrate how you are compensated for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by your injuries.

To help arrive at a value for the pain and suffering caused by an injury to your eye, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that provides a list of injuries with related compensation brackets. The figures depend on the severity of your injury and what impact it is expected to have on your life.

We’ve provided the table below with figures from the JCG as guidance.

Injury Severity Amount
Eye Injury Total Blindness and Deafness In the region of £403,990
Eye Injury Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye £95,990 to £179,770
Eye Injury Total Loss of One Eye £54,830 to £65,710
Eye Injury Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye £49,270 to £54,830
Eye Injury Minor Eye Injuries £3,950 to £8,730
Eye Injury Transient Eye Injuries £2,200 to £3,950
Facial Disfigurement (a) Very severe scarring, where the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring and the psychological reaction is severe. £29,780 to £97,330
Facial Disfigurement (b) Thought the scarring is less severe, the psychological reaction is still substantial. £17,960 to £48,420
Facial Disfigurement (c) Significant scarring, where the worst effects can be mitigated by cosmetic surgery. £9,110 to £30,090
Facial Disfigurement (d)  Trivial Scarring, with minor effects only. £1,710 to £3,530

If you would like a more accurate valuation of your potential eye injury compensation, call our advisors.

Special Damages In Eye Injury Compensation Claims

Have you been looking for an eye injury claim calculator? Perhaps you would like to get an idea of the eye injury compensation value you could achieve before you decide whether to make a claim. Unfortunately, even if you use an eye injury claim calculator, it would not give you an accurate idea of how much your claim is worth.

When calculating compensation, lawyers must assess all of the specifics of the case. This includes the severity of the injury, the impact on the claimant’s life, work and finances. All of these things have an impact on the eye injury compensation value of any specific claim.

As well as general damages, for the pain and suffering a claimant endures, they could receive special damages in successful claims.

These include financial expenses or losses such as medical expenses, care costs, travel expenses and even loss of income. It could be that you need time off work to recover from your eye injury. If so, you could miss out on some of your income as a result. If this happens to you, these could be recoverable as special damages.

Make Your Eye Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Working with a personal injury lawyer on a No Win No Fee basis allows you to seek legal representation when claiming eye injury compensation. That way, you receive the level of compensation you deserve following an accident that left you injured through no fault of your own. If you suffered the eye injury in the last 3 years, signing a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) means a firm of personal injury solicitors can work on your case without requesting an upfront fee or retainer.

A CFA agreement sets out an agreed fee that would only need to be paid following a successful claim. The fee is deducted from the amount you are awarded by a Judge or by the defendant should they choose to settle your compensation for an eye injury out of court. There would be nothing to pay for your legal representation if your claim is unsuccessful.

At Accident Claims, a team of personal injury solicitors has years of experience in representing clients. They do so on a vast range of personal injury claims. Our services include include getting the level of compensation for an eye injury you deserve. We work with you on a No Win No Fee basis. This allows a personal injury lawyer to start working on your case providing essential legal representation. They do so without having to request a retainer or upfront fee.

Speak To Accident Claims UK Today About Eye Injury Compensation Claims

To talk directly to an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer about claiming eye injury compensation, please call us on 0800 073 8801.

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Helpful Resources Relating To Eye Injury Compensation Claims

Below, you can find more information on eye injury compensation claims:

Thank you for reading our guide on claiming eye injury compensation following an injury caused by negligence. Contact our team for more information.