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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Eye Injury?

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 11th May 2022. 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 help customers to make injury claims for even the most minor eye damage. This guide explains how we do this.

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A Guide to Accident Claims for Eye Injuries

Within this page, you will find a comprehensive eye injury compensation guide. It will cover every aspect of the process of claiming personal injury compensation for an eye injury, either at work or in a public place.

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You will learn what to do if you have been involved in an accident resulting in an eye injury and how to begin a compensation claim for it. We cover exactly what types of compensation you may be able to claim and give some examples of compensation amounts as a general guideline to how much you might receive.

Finally, we will explain our No Win No Fee injury claims service. This can help you to receive the compensation you deserve without paying expensive legal fees out of your own pocket. As you read the guide, you should learn how much compensation is achievable for an eye injury.

Why are eye injury claims crucial?

Your sight is so important. If you’re unable to see, it can disrupt your day-to-day life greatly. But if this happens due to an accident for which somebody else holds responsibility, you should receive fair compensation. Hence why injury claims could allow you to receive an appropriate and adequate settlement.

And consider how a loss of sight could impact you. For instance, it could prevent you from safely working in a high-pressure role due to 20/20 vision being vital. Furthermore, you may not have full sight for the rest of your life on a personal level. And that changes almost everything in your life, from personal relationships to enjoying social occasions. Worse still is if you suffer total blindness, which alters your life even greater. All of these are just some of the reasons why you should consider filing eye injury compensation claims. Read on for further information.

What Is an Eye Injury?

An eye injury is any injury that injures the eyeball, the eye socket, or the muscles and ligaments that control the eye’s movement within the socket. Eye injuries can be caused by direct physical trauma or by exposure to toxic substances and smoke. Regarding claiming compensation for an eye injury, each type (depending upon severity) has its own compensation value. Hopefully, this helps as you begin to learn how much compensation for an eye injury is achievable.

What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident Causing an Eye Injury

If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in an eye injury, then you may have a valid reason to make an eye injury claim for compensation.

The success of any compensation claim will depend upon the quality of the facts. Not to mention the evidence supporting your eye claims. With this in mind, there are certain steps you can take in preparation for making a personal injury compensation claim for a damaged eye, and these include:

  • If your eye injury was caused by an accident at work, make sure that it was recorded in the company accident book. Every company is required by law to keep an accident book, and it can be submitted as evidence to assist with your eye injury claim.
  • If your eye injury happened in a public place such as a retail store, make sure you have filled out an accident report in the store. Every company that allows the public onto its premises must keep an accident report if a member of the public is injured. This report can be submitted as evidence to assist with your eye injury claim.
  • If your eye injury happened in a public place such as a local park or whilst using a public footpath, the local council will likely be responsible for paying compensation. In this case, you must ensure that the accident is documented. Take photos if you can, and if the Police or the Ambulance Service attend the site of the injury, ask for the incident number about the call out.
  • Begin to keep a record of all the financial expenses that your eye injury has caused. These will form part of a claim for special damages.

These are just a few logical steps you can take to make the possibility of claiming personal injury compensation for an eye injury more probable. And these steps also shape how much compensation for an eye injury you could receive.

Top tips on proving eye injury claims 

If you’ve sustained an eye injury, then compensation can only be claimed if you can prove it was caused by the negligence of another. Otherwise, you will not be able to make a claim. One of the best ways to prove your injury was someone else’s fault is to present evidence to strengthen your case.

Here are some examples of evidence you could gather:

  • Medical evidence – By being examined by a medical professional, you’ll then have access to the records generated regarding your treatment and the extent of the damage done to your eye. You can request these records at any time.
  • Video footage – The incident that led to your eye injury could have been captured by CCTV. If so, you could request the footage. It’s advised to take this step as soon as reasonably possible. Otherwise, it may be deleted.
  • Contact details of witnesses – If you hire legal help, then your solicitor can assist in using these contact details to collect written statements of those who saw how you were injured.

Even if negligence caused your injury whilst you received treatment in a private facility, or even by the NHS, an eye injury claim could still be made. For example, if you sustain a scratched eyeball as part of a routine exam after the optometrist failed to provide the correct level of care, this could be medical negligence.

To find out more about how much your claim could be worth and more examples of evidence you could present, reach out to our advisors today.

How to Begin an Eye Injury Claim

If you are ready to start your claim for personal injury compensation due to an eye injury, we make it very simple to begin the process. All you need to do is use the contact details at the bottom of this page to get in touch with us.

Once you have, we will arrange a free legal consultancy session with you. During this session, we will do our best to learn all of the key facts of your injury. Once we have them, we will give you better advice on what to do next, such as whether we believe you could receive an insurance payout for the loss of an eye or who we think is responsible for paying compensation.

At this stage, we will likely offer to take on your case under our No Win No Fee injury claims service. Meaning you won’t have to pay a thing to begin your personal injury claim.

Eye Injury Accident at Work Claims

Every employer is required by law to provide a hazard-free, safe and healthy working environment for its employees. If the company fails in these duties, which results in a person sustaining an eye injury due to an accident at work, then the company will almost definitely be liable to pay compensation.

If you have suffered an accident at work that has resulted in an eye injury, no matter how minor, then you should contact us to find out how we can help you claim compensation from your employer.

How Much Compensation for An Eye Injury at Work?

Further down the page, you will find a table that presents some of the typical amounts we have seen paid in compensation for eye injuries in the past. Regardless of whether the accident that caused the eye injury happened at work or elsewhere, the compensation paid in general damages will be the same as those presented in the table below.

Where things differ, for example, for compensation for loss of an eye at work, the company may be guilty of gross negligence and breach of Health & Safety compliance, such as not providing safety goggles. The severity of this negligence influences special damages for any eye injury claims.

Eye Injury at Work Can I Claim?

Yes, if you have suffered an eye injury at work, you should be able to claim compensation, and eye injury compensation amounts for work-related accidents were discussed in the previous section.

Whether your eye injury was directly caused by an accident at work, such as a foreign object entering the eye and damaging it, or indirectly caused by the working environment, such as exposure to noxious chemicals or smoke, then your employer will likely be liable to pay compensation.

Eye Injury in a Public Place Claims

The process of claiming compensation for an eye injury caused by an accident in a public place will depend upon the type of public place the accident occurred in.

For accidents in publicly accessible places operated by a private company, the eye injury claims target that particular organisation. Examples of these public places include supermarkets, shopping malls, car parks, gymnasiums, swimming pools and restaurants.

For accidents in a public place that is the local council’s responsibility to maintain, we would claim compensation against the local authority. Examples of these public places include public footpaths, public parks, public play areas and local authority operated institutions such as a public library.

How Much Compensation for Loss of Sight in One Eye?

So, how much compensation for an eye injury when it’s blindness in one eye? Note that personal injury compensation for injury claims isn’t the same as an insurance payout for losing an eye. In the case of loss of sight in one eye, typical compensation amounts for the injury itself, excluding any other damages, would be:

  • For complete loss of one eye – £41,675 to £50,000 – depending on the age of the person who has sustained the eye injury and whether there are any cosmetic effects such as significant scarring.
  • Loss of sight in one eye – £37,450 to £41,675 – for the higher end of this compensation scale, any scarring of the soft tissue around the eye will have been rolled into it, and no additional payment would be made separately for the scarring.

These are the two main factors when calculating eye injury compensation value for loss of sight in one eye.

What Can Be Claimed for after an Accident Causing an Eye Injury?

Each claim for personal injury compensation is different. However, each claim does have several common parts in the form of the types of damages that compensation consists of. There are two main categories of damages within eye injury claims: general damages and special damages.

The first category, general damages, comprises all the actual physical aspects of the eye injury. The initial pain and suffering caused by the accident through to the ongoing discomfort as the eye injury heals. General damages will also cover tertiary physical aspects of the eye injury, such as mental trauma and any psychological effects the injury causes, such as anxiety or depression. Additionally, long-term health effects of the injury are amongst general damages, such as permanent loss of sight or scarring of the face.

The second category, special damages, encapsulated all of the non-physical aspects of the eye injury. This includes any out of pocket expenses for travel of medical care immediately following the accident that caused the eye injury. It will also cover ongoing financial loss, such as the cost of regular therapy to aid in recuperation from the eye injury. Future financial loss is provisioned for in the shape of loss of earnings or income, which can also be rolled into special damages.

The Most Common Types of Eye Injuries

Although there is a very wide range of eye injuries, some are far more common than others. And this reflects the nature of the various eye injury claims that you could make. Not to mention this reflecting how much compensation for an eye injury you might receive. So, injuries could include:

  • Blunt force trauma – a black eye is a minor eye injury via blunt force trauma. Any blunt surface making contact with the eye can cause this type of eye injury.
  • Breaks of fractures – of the eye socket (orbital bone) are very common due to blunt force trauma.
  • Abrasion or scratches – to the eyeball itself or the eyelids.
  • Cuts and needlestick injuries – when a sharp object damages the eyeball or the tissue surrounding the eye.
  • Foreign bodies – damaging the eye by entering it, such as sand, grit, wood shavings or metal fragments.
  • Chemical abrasion and burns – when caustic chemicals make contact with the eyeball.
  • Ultraviolet radiation burns – the eyeball receives overexposure to UV, such as spending too long under a sun lamp or on a sunbed.
  • Medical negligence – where damage to the eye occurs due to misdiagnosis or mistreatment at the hands of a medical professional.
  • Laser surgery negligence – where damage to the eyeball is caused by badly carried out laser surgery.

These are the most common types of eye injuries that we claim compensation for our clients.

Assessing the Severity of an Eye Injury

There is no way to come up with an average settlement for eye injury. Each case resulting in any eye injury claims is entirely different. The driver which helps a court decide how much compensation a person receives in compensating for an eye injury is the severity of the injury.

Severity comes down to the pain and suffering the victim faces and the other physical aspects and the impact upon their future life.

Therefore, you must receive a proper medical opinion regarding the severity of your eye injury and any long-term effects it may have. We can arrange for a local medical examination to assist in this if required.

How Much Compensation Will I Get after an Accident Causing an Eye Injury?

Giving a 100% correct idea of an eye injury settlement amount for every eye injury is impossible. After all, each case is unique. However, below we present some typical figures for compensation amounts for a range of different eye injuries:

Total Blindness and DeafnessIn the region of £403,990
Total BlindnessIn the region of £268,720
Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye£63,950 to £105,990The amount that is paid in compensation will depend upon a) how bad the sight in the remaining eye will become and b) how quickly it will occur.
Total Loss of One Eye£54,830 to £65,710The amount that is paid in compensation will depend upon the age of the victim, and the cosmetic effects of the injury.
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye£49,270 to £54,830I some cases, where a slight level of scarring to the tissue surrounding the eye has been caused by the injury, compensation for this scarring will be rolled into the upper limits of this amount.
Seriously Reduced Vision in One or Both Eyes£23,680 to £39,340The amount of compensation paid will depend on how serious the loss of vision is.
Minor but Permanent Reduced Vision in One or Both Eyes£9,110 to £20,980The amount of compensation paid will depend on how serious the loss of vision is.
Minor Eye Injuries£3,950 to £8,730Including smoke damage, damaged from trauma such as being struck in the eye and soft tissue injuries.
Temporary Eye Injuries£2,200 to £3,950Eye injuries that will generally heal completely within a few weeks.

Note that all of the figures above only pertain to the general damages portion of a compensation claim for an eye injury. Please get in touch with us to assess your case and advise you of how much compensation for an eye injury you might receive in special damages on top of these amounts.

No Win No Fee Eye Injury Claims

Bringing legal proceedings against the third-party responsible for the accident that caused your eye injury is a potentially expensive endeavour. You would need to find the initial money required to engage the services of a solicitor, and you would need to pay the ongoing legal costs such as court fees. You would also need to pay out of your own pocket for a medical examination and prepare any other evidence the court requires for your case. If you lose your claim, you will have also lost all of the money you have spent on the legal process of pursuing a claim.

We can operate a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a much better option for many clients. This is a No Win No Fee eye injury claims service that doesn’t cost you a single penny unless we successfully win your claim for compensation for your eye injury.

We won’t charge you anything upfront to begin your claim. And we won’t charge you any ongoing legal costs as we process your claim. You don’t pay us anything at all until we have successfully claimed compensation for your eye injury on your behalf. If we fail, you won’t have to pay us anything. So there really is no financial risk to you at all.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for an Eye Injury Claim?

If you’re making a personal injury claim for an eye injury, you need legal help and representation. Rather than use a generic high-street solicitor, a better option is to use a company such as LegalExpertUK. We specialise in successfully pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of clients.

Or No Win No Fee eye injury claims service offers victims access to the legal help they need. This allows them to win the total amount of compensation they deserve.

We will always attempt to get you the highest compensation pay-out possible. Yet, we will never do anything that might put the legitimacy of your claim in jeopardy. Indeed, we never want to see you fail to receive any compensation at all. We keep our customer’s needs at the forefront of everything we do on their behalf. Hence, we operate on a No Win No Fee basis for all claims, including eye injury compensation claims.

Call for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

Have you suffered an eye injury due to an accident? Do you feel that you have a reason to seek a compensation claim for it? And how much compensation for an eye injury could you potentially receive?

If you have, please get in touch with us on 0800 073 8804 and arrange an initial legal consultation to talk about your claim. We will tell you if we think you have a valid cause to make a claim. And we note if you could successfully claim against the party responsible for the accident. If you would rather not phone us, you can email us or use the webchat feature of this website. And we will contact you about your potential eye injury claims in return.

Useful Links

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.

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Eye Injury Claims FAQs

How much compensation for an eye injury could I receive?

Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, a settlement could range from £2,070 to £252,180.

What symptoms suggest a serious eye injury?

These include a loss of vision, blurring within the existing vision and swelling within the eye socket.

How long does a minor eye injury take to heal?

Many basic eye injuries resolve themselves within 3 days, but some could take a few weeks to heal fully.

What happens if I go blind in one eye?

This could impact many things, such as locating items, noting surface depths and judging distances.

Should I use ice for an eye injury?

It is a good idea to place a cloth containing ice around the eye. But avoid pressing on the eye itself.

What is an emergency for an eye injury?

This includes a chemical entering and/or burning the eye, as this could burn the eye socket.

What happens to the eye itself to cause sudden blindness?

This is due to a blood vessel behind the eye tightening, and this causes vasospasm. And that reduces blood flow to the eye, hence the blindness taking effect.

How long does flash blindness last?

This is usually between a few seconds and 2 minutes during the day and 5-10 minutes at night.

Thank you for reading our eye injury claims guide. Hopefully, you now have answers to such questions as “how much compensation for an eye injury could I receive?”

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