How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Eye Injury? JY January update 2021
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. We help our customers make eye injury claims for even the most minor eye damage. This guide explains how we do this.
Select a section:
- A guide to accident claims for eye injuries.
- What is an eye injury?
- What to do if you are involved in an accident causing an eye injury.
- How to begin an eye injury claim.
- Eye injury accident at work claims.
- How much compensation for an eye injury at work?
- Eye injury at work can I claim?
- Eye injury in a public place claims.
- How much compensation for loss of sight in one eye?
- What can be claimed for after an accident causing an eye injury?
- The most common types of eye injuries.
- Assessing the severity of an eye injury.
- How much compensation will I get after an accident causing an eye injury?
- No win no fee eye injury claims.
- Why choose us as your claims service for an eye injury claim?
- Call for free advice and to start a claim.
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.
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 eye injury claims service, which can help you to receive the compensation you are entitled to without paying expensive legal fees out of your own pocket.
An eye injury is any injury that injures the eyeball, the eye socket, or the muscles and ligaments that control the movement of the eye within the socket.
Eye injuries can be caused by direct physical trauma, or by exposure to toxic substances and smoke.
With regards to claiming compensation for an eye injury, each type of eye injury, depending upon its severity, will have an eye injury compensation value.
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, and the evidence supporting your claim. 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, then make sure that it has been 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, it is likely the local council will 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 pertaining to the call out.
- Begin to keep a record of all the financial expenses that have been caused by your eye injury. 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.
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 about your injury. Once we have them, we will be able to give you better advice on what to do next, such as whether we believe you could receive an insurance payout for loss of an eye, or who we think is responsible for paying compensation, etc.
At this stage, we will likely offer to take on your case under our No Win No Fee eye injury claims service. Meaning you won’t have to pay a thing to begin your personal injury claim.
Every employer is required by law to provide a hazard-free, safe, and healthy working environment for its employees as possible. 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.
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, is that the company may be guilty of gross negligence and breach of Health & Safety compliance. The severity of this negligence will be reflected in any additional special damages that are awarded.
If you have suffered an injury to your eye or eyes at work, then you could have the right to claim compensation if you have suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of your employer. Your employer has a legal obligation to make sure that any and all measures which could reduce the risk of injury or ill-health to their employees are implemented effectively in the workplace.
There are a number of ways someone could potentially suffer an injury to their eyes in the workplace, and employers should be aware of them and provide the equipment and training necessary to keep people safe. Bright flashes (like those that occur when welding), small flying pieces of debris, and chemical irritants or particulates can all damage eyes and eyesight. If you suffer an injury because you were not provided with proper safety gear or weren’t given the training to keep yourself safe, you could have grounds to make a claim against your employer.
The process of claiming compensation for an eye injury that was caused by an accident in a public place will depend upon the type of public place the accident occurred in.
For accidents that occurred in publicly accessible places operated by a private company, then we would need to claim against that company. Examples of these types of public places include supermarkets, shopping malls, car parks, gymnasiums, swimming pools and restaurants.
For accidents that occurred in a public place that is the responsibility of the local council to maintain, then we would claim compensation against the local authority. Examples of these types of public places include public footpaths, public parks, public play areas and local authority operated institutions such as a public library.
It is important to note that personal injury compensation paid for an eye injury is not the same as an insurance payout for loss of 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.
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 can be claimed for. There are two main categories of damages, general damages, and special damages.
The first category, general damages, comprises all the actual physical aspects of the eye injury. From 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 also any psychological effects the injury causes such as anxiety or depression. Additionally, long-term health effects of the injury are included in 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.
Although there are a very wide range or eye injuries, some are far more common than others, and these include:
- Blunt force trauma – a black eye is a minor eye injury caused by 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 commonly incurred as a result of 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 are allowed to make contact with the eyeball.
- Ultraviolet radiation burns – caused by the eyeball being exposed to too much 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 on behalf of our clients.
There is no way to come up with an average settlement for eye injury. Each case is entirely different. The driver which helps a court decide how much compensation a person will be paid in compensating for an eye injury is the severity of the injury.
Severity is judged by firstly the pain and suffering the victim has had to face, and then by the other physical aspects, and the impact upon their future life.
Therefore, it is important that you receive a proper medical opinion with regards to 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.
Giving a 100% correct idea of an eye injury settlement amount for every eye injury is impossible, as each case is almost entirely unique. However, below we present some typical figures for compensation amounts with have seen paid for a range of different eye injuries:
|Total loss of vision in one eye, reduced vision in the other.||£60,010 to £168,730|
|Total loss of one eye||£51,460 to £61,690|
|Total loss of vision in one eye||£46,240 to £51,460|
|Minor injuries||£3,710 to £8,200|
|Transient eye injuries||£2,070 to £3,710|
It should be noted that all of the figures above only pertain to the general damages portion of a compensation claim for an eye injury. Please contact us so we can assess your case, and advise you of how much you might receive in special damages on top of these amounts.
Bringing legal proceedings against the third-party that is 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 the preparation of any other evidence the court requires for your case to be considered. 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 of our 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 up front 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.
If you are facing the prospect of making a personal injury claim for an eye injury, then you are going to need legal help and representation. Rather than use a generic high-street solicitor, a better option is to use a company such as LegalExpertUK that specialises in successfully pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of its clients.
Or No Win No Fee eye injury claims service offers the victims of an eye injury access to the legal help they need to successfully win the compensation they are entitled to, in the most cost-effective way.
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, and 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.
Have you suffered an eye injury due to an accident, and feel you have a reason to seek a compensation claim for it?
If you have, then 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 whether we think you could successfully claim against the party that was responsible the accident. If you would rather not phone us, you can email us, or use the web chat feature of this website, and we will contact you in return.
A resource published by the National Health Service outlines many of the common ways that an eye can be damaged. It gives some good advice on how to treat eye injuries in an emergency. It also details what a person who has suffered an eye injury should do to ensure they receive the best medical care possible.
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