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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Eye Injury?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 1st December 2023. Welcome to our guide on eye injury claims. This answers questions such as “how much compensation for an eye injury could I receive?”

Eye injuries are very common, and they can be some of the most serious injuries that a person can sustain. Even slight damage to the eye can significantly reduce vision and thus lower the quality of life for the victim. Our personal injury solicitors can help people to make injury claims for eye damage caused by another party’s negligence. This guide explains how we do this.

Our team of advisors are here to help. They can offer a free evaluation of your claim, and can offer further advice surrounding the claims process. To get started:

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A Comprehensive Guide To Eye Injury Claims

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  1. Compensation Payouts In Eye Injury Claims
  2. Can I Make An Eye Injury Claim?
  3. What Eye Injuries Can You Claim Compensation For?
  4. What Evidence Can Help My Eye Injury Claim?
  5. Claim Eye Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Compensation Payouts In Eye Injury Claims

Eye injury payouts in the UK can vary on a case-by-case basis, as each claim is calculated based on its unique circumstances.

Generally, though, compensation payouts awarded in successful eye injury claims include general damages, which is the head of loss that provides compensation for the pain and suffering the injury has caused. 

The table below contains guideline award brackets taken from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which a legal professional may refer to when valuing your claim. Please note that these amounts are not guaranteed. Also note that the first entry in this table is an estimated figure and not taken from the JCG.

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Injury Notes Amount
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages If you have sustained multiple serious injuries in an accident, then your compensation payout may cover all of these plus special damages, such as the cost of home care. Up to £1,000,000+
Total Blindness The person is completely blind in both eyes. In the region of £268,720
Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye (i) There is a serious risk of the remaining eye’s sight deteriorating further. £95,990 to £179,770
Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye (ii) The remaining eye suffers with reduced vision or additional problems such as double vision. £63,950 to £105,990
Total Loss of One Eye The amount that is paid in compensation will depend upon the age of the person, and the cosmetic effects of the injury. £54,830 to £65,710
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye (e) The upper end of this bracket is applicable to cases where there is also scarring in the eye region. £49,270 to £54,830
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye (f) Incomplete vision loss in one eye that is serious. However, there is no significant risk of the remaining eye suffered a reduction in vision. £23,680 to £39,340

If you’re eligible to receive general damages, then you may also receive special damages. This head of loss covers for financial losses or expenses related to your eye injury, for example:

  • Lost earnings
  • Prescription costs
  • The cost of home adjustments 
  • The cost of mobility aids, such as a cane 

For more advice on eye injury compensation claims and how much your own claim may be worth, contact our team of advisors on the phone or online today.

Can I Make An Eye Injury Claim? 

In order to have valid grounds to make a personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that you suffered your eye injury because you were owed a duty of care, and this duty was breached. When someone owes you a duty of care, this means that they are responsible for your health and safety.

Some examples of when you could be owed a duty of care include:

  • In public: While you are in a public place, such as a park or restaurant, the party in control of that space owes you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This means that they must take steps to ensure your reasonable safety. If they breach this duty and you suffer an injury as a result, you might be able to seek compensation for an eye injury through a public liability claim
  • In the workplace: Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This means that they must take all reasonably practicable steps to keep their employees safe at work. If they fail to do this and you suffered an injury to your eye as a result, you could make an eye injury claim.
  • On the roads: All road users owe each other a duty of care. This means that they need to navigate the roads in a way that prevents injury and damage to themselves and others. To uphold their duty, they must adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the mandatory rules in the Highway Code. If this duty is breached and you suffer an injury as a result, you could potentially make a road traffic accident claim. 

To discuss the eligibility criteria for eye injury claims and to find out if you have a valid case, speak with one of our advisors.

What Eye Injuries Can You Claim Compensation For?

There are various types of accidents that could potentially lead to a claim for eye injury compensation, provided the eligibility criteria are met. Some examples can include:

  • Road traffic accidents: In a road traffic accident, broken glass from windows or the windshield, small pieces of metal, and other materials could hit you in the eye, causing an eye injury.
  • Accidents at work: If your employer doesn’t provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) when needed, such as eye protection when working with hazardous substances, this could lead to dangerous fumes or chemicals getting into your eye, causing pain and affecting your vision.
  • Accidents in public: An inadequately maintained sign falling from a supermarket and hitting you on the head could cause brain damage, which could lead to blindness and vision problems.

For more advice on eye injury claims or other aspects of the claims process, such as potential eye injury payouts in the UK, contact our advisors for free today.

What Evidence Can Help My Eye Injury Claim?

An important part of the eye injury claims process is collecting evidence. Evidence strengthens and supports your claim by demonstrating the severity of the harm you suffered, establishing who is liable for that harm, and how your injuries will affect your life going forwards.

Some examples of evidence that you could use to help strengthen your eye injury claim include:  

  • Medical records: Your medical records could be used as evidence, as they may show the treatment you have received for your eye injury and how severe the injury is
  • Photographs: Taking photographs of the injury and also of the accident site can help prove the severity of your eye injury as well as how it occurred. 
  • Witness contact details: Taking the contact details of anyone who witnessed your injury means that their statement can be taken by a professional at a later date.
  • CCTV footage: If your accident was caught on CCTV, then you may be able to request the footage which can be used as evidence. This can help prove how the accident happened.

One of the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor on your claim is that they can help you gather evidence. To find out if one of our solicitors could help you claim eye injury compensation, contact our team of advisors today.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For An Eye Injury?

In order to claim eye injury payouts, you need to have started your claim within 3 years of the injury. This time limit can be found in the Limitation Act 1980.

There are two exceptions to this time limit. The first being if a child is injured. If so, whilst they may be eligible to receive compensation, they cannot make a claim by themselves until their 18th birthday. This is why their 3-year window is suspended until they become an adult. Before this date, a litigation friend must be appointed to claim on behalf of the injured child.

The second exception is for those with a reduced mental capacity. As those who lack the capacity to claim for themselves also have their time limit suspended, a litigation friend must also be appointed in the event that a claim is to be made. If the injured party ever recovers to the point of being deemed able to make their own claim, their time limit would begin.

Get in touch today to find out more about claim time limits and eye injury settlement amounts.

Claim Eye Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you are eligible to make an eye injury compensation claim, you could seek help from a solicitor who has experience with this type of case. If you get in touch with our advisors, they may connect you with one of our experienced No Win No Fee solicitors.

One of them may offer to represent you in your personal injury claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this agreement, you won’t need to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for their services. Also, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay your solicitor for the service they provided.

If your claim is successful, then your solicitor receives a success fee. This is typically a small and legally capped percentage deducted from the personal injury compensation awarded to you.

To learn more about how our No Win No Fee solicitors can help with eye injury claims, you can contact our advisors. They can provide free advice about your potential claim. To contact our team, you can:

Learn More About Personal Injury Claims

Below, you can find some more guides on personal injury claims that you may find useful.

  • NHS On Eye Injuries
    • A resource by the National Health Service outlines many of the common ways that an eye may suffer damage. It gives some good advice on how to treat eye injuries in an emergency. It also details how someone suffering an eye injury can receive the best medical care possible.
  • Accident At Work Claim – Find out How Much Compensation?
    • If you suffer an eye injury at work and want to claim compensation, contact us today on live chat. Alternatively, use our freephone number or even request a callback. And we can give you free legal advice.
  • Car Accident Claims – Calculate Compensation Amounts
    • If you have suffered an eye injury due to a car accident, find out if you can claim compensation. Contact us for free advice.

Other Personal Injury Claim Guides:

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