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How Can An Eye Injury Lawyer Help You?

If you’re suffering from injuries such as visual impairment, eye pain or corneal abrasions due to an incident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Blurred vision or deteriorating vision could happen from many different incidents but, if you’re able to prove that your eye injury was caused by another’s negligence, you could hire a specialist eye injury lawyer.

How can an eye injury lawyer help you guide

How can an eye injury lawyer help you guide

This guide will help answer important questions like:

  • What can cause loss of sight?
  • How do you claim for clinical negligence or medical negligence?
  • Can I claim for a facial injury as well as a head injury?
  • What is the personal injury claims time limit?
  • How do I claim for an eye injury at work in the UK?
  • Can I claim for sudden vision loss or sight loss caused by an injury?
  • How can a personal injury lawyer help me receive thousands of pounds in compensation?

Our advisors are available 24/7 and offer free legal advice. So if you have any questions like, “how much is an eye worth?” or if you’d like to know if you’re eligible to claim, give them a call at a time that suits you. Contact us using the details below. You can:

Alternatively, please read on if you’d like to know more about how you could potentially claim for injuries like partial vision loss or loss of sight in one eye.

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  1. What Are Eye Injuries?
  2. Common Types Of Eye Injury
  3. What Are The Symptoms Of Eye Injuries?
  4. What Could Cause An Eye Injury?
  5. Eye Injuries At Work
  6. Eye Injuries Due To Clinical Negligence
  7. Traumatic Head And Face Injuries Causing Eye Injuries
  8. Calculating Payouts With An Eye Injury Lawyer
  9. Special Damages Which May Be Awarded For Eye Injuries
  10. No Win No Fee Eye Injury Lawyers
  11. Start Your Claim
  12. Essential References

What Are Eye Injuries?

You could be looking into personal injury claims because you’ve suffered an eye injury. The extent and severity of such an injury can vary greatly. For example, you could have suffered a cut or scratch on your eye, leading to you suffering from light sensitivity.

At the other end of the scale, you could suffer temporary or permanent blindness due to a traumatic retinal detachment, for instance. The physical and psychological trauma caused by eye injuries is partly what is assessed when making a personal injury claim. As such, the amount of potential compensation is calculated on a case-by-case basis depending on your injuries.

Common Types Of Eye Injury

Types of eye injury include:

  • Traumatic retinal detachment
  • Blurred vision
  • Deteriorating vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Blindness or loss of sight
  • Partial vision loss

You could also suffer a break or fracture to the skull, leading to eye or vision complications. If you have diabetes, you could also suffer from diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to a loss of vision.

If you’ve suffered from any eye injury due to an incident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim. To find out, simply call us 24/7 to speak to one of our experienced advisors. They can judge your eligibility to claim and connect you with our No Win No Fee solicitors. Their work could lead to you receiving thousands of pounds in compensation.

What Are The Symptoms Of Eye Injuries?

If you’re looking to contact an eye injury lawyer, you could be experiencing various symptoms. This is because the nature of an eye injury can vary based on the type of incident and the severity of the damage caused. Symptoms could include:

  • Bruising and redness
  • Pain and swelling
  • Struggling to move your eye
  • Loss of sight in one eye, or both
  • Changes in the eye’s appearance, like the pupils being different sizes.
  • The quality of your vision changing. For example, your vision could be blurred because you’re suffering from sight loss.

The NHS has more information for you so you can learn more about recovering from eye injuries. They also explain in what instances you should contact the hospital for treatment.

If you’ve suffered any of the above symptoms due to laser eye surgery or by having an allergic reaction to an eyelash extension, call us now to see if you can claim. We offer free legal advice and provide you with a reliable compensation estimate in just a few minutes.

What Could Cause An Eye Injury?

The following three sections will outline how an eye injury can occur and under what instances you might be able to claim compensation. An eye injury can have a devastating impact on your quality of life, which may be one of the reasons you’re looking to use an eye injury lawyer. Even general eye pain can have a very debilitating effect.

Causes of eye injuries include:

  • Sports injuries resulting in a blow to the eye
  • Public place accidents resulting in foreign objects in the eye
  • Workplace accidents causing chemical burns
  • Medical negligence causing cuts or scratches

Making a successful personal injury claim revolves around proving that someone else’s negligence caused your injury. To do this, you would need to show that the party in question had a duty of care to you. A duty of care involves a requirement to protect your health and safety.

In regards to public accident claims and workplace accident eye injury claims, you would need to show that the other side’s negligence caused your injury. Therefore, you need to be able to prove that they breached their duty of care. This breach would result in an incident or accident, which caused your injuries. Therefore, by doing this, you could receive compensation.

Eye Injuries At Work

You may be wondering, “how much could you get for an eye injury at work in the UK?” This depends on the extent and severity of the injury. However, firstly, you would need to be able to prove that the injury was caused by your employer neglecting their duty of care.

Basically, your employer needs to make sure that their workplace is safe enough to ensure your health and safety as far as is reasonably practicable. If you’re injured because they haven’t done this, you may be able to successfully claim compensation. More details about their duty of care can be found in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Examples of incidents where you may be able to claim include:

  • Suffering visual impairment due to insufficient or unsafe protective googles being supplied by the employer.
  • Falling from a ladder due to unsafe work equipment being used, and your employer was aware of the poor standard of it. This could lead to you suffering from corneal abrasions, which could cause deteriorating vision.
  • Working with dangerous chemicals and not being trained in how to handle them properly, therefore leading to an eye injury.

To make a successful claim, you would need to prove that you protected yourself to the best of your ability and it was, for example, the unsafe work conditions that were the main cause of your injuries.

You can still claim if you’ve suffered more than one injury from the same incident, so long as you’re able to show that it was caused by third-party negligence. However, you can only make one claim for each incident/accident so it’s important to include all the evidence you can.

We can also help you if you’ve suffered an accident at work causing injuries such as a broken wrist or a fractured ankle. Get in touch to find out more.

Eye Injuries Due To Clinical Negligence

The eye could be damaged due to clinical or medical negligence. Being able to prove these forms of negligence involves showing that the actions of the medical professionals both:

  • Led to your injury either occurring or worsening
  • Deviated from the required standard of care needed in their profession

This is where their duty of care comes in. It’s not necessarily the case that doctors aren’t allowed to make mistakes. Moreover, negligence is more about showing that they provided you with substandard care, causing you injury. Examples of this include:

  • Laser eye surgery being performed on the incorrect eye. This means that you’re now suffering symptoms such as visual impairment in the eye that was completely healthy. This is referred to as a never event.
  • An avoidable, unnecessary surgical error causing your corneal transplant surgery to be done incorrectly and resulting in your further suffering.
  • Being provided with the incorrect prescription despite clear symptoms or access to your medical records that indicate you shouldn’t have a certain medication. This example of clinical negligence could greatly affect your eyesight, depending on the medication incorrectly prescribed.

If you feel as if medical negligence has caused your injury and want to see if you can claim, call today to speak to one of our advisors for free legal advice. You can do this using the phone number at the top of this page.

Traumatic Head And Face Injuries Causing Eye Injuries

You may be wanting to use the services of an eye injury lawyer for traumatic head and facial injuries. This is because complex injuries, such as to the head and face, can also have a lasting impact on your eyes and your ability to see. As stated above, whether you’re able to claim or not depends on if a third party’s negligence led to the injury.

Duty of care doesn’t just apply to employers or medical professionals. Every road user in the UK has a duty of care to one another, as outlined in The Highway Code. Basically, every road user needs to make sure they are using the roads safely and with standard care. This conduct is highlighted in the Code. Essentially, if you drive without standard care and skill, you are arguably driving negligently and recklessly.

Examples of incidents like this that could lead to head and facial injuries include:

  • A lorry driver failing to check their mirrors before they maneuver, resulting in their vehicle colliding with yours. Eye injury, in this instance, could lead to you wondering, “how much is an eye worth?”
  • Reckless driving in the form of a motorcyclist riding into a roundabout at the incorrect time. This could result in a multi-car pile-up.
  • A drunk driver going above the speed limit, causing them to collide with your vehicle.

Using our website, you can get more information about specific injuries and your eligibility to claim, whether you’ve suffered a minor head injury or major brain trauma.

Calculating Payouts With An Eye Injury Lawyer 

There are two potential heads of claim in any personal injury claim. They are:

  • General Damages: relating to the physical and emotional strain caused by the injury, as well as the impact on your quality of life.
  • Special Damages: relating to the financial losses caused by the injury.

Assessing how much you could receive for general damages relates to both the severity and extent of the relative injury. If you receive general damages due to your claim being successful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll receive special damages. This is because both are calculated independently of each other based on the evidence provided.

An independent medical assessment will be performed during the claims process to confirm the nature of your injuries caused by the incident. It’s also aimed and helping to prove that your injuries were caused or worsened by the accident. This will be explained in greater detail by your eye injury lawyer.

The Judicial College analyses previous general damages payouts, comparing the amount paid out with the severity of the injury. By doing this, they’ve built reliable compensation brackets in their guidelines, which we use to make sure we’re providing you with the most accurate compensation estimate possible.

We’ve provided details of different eye injuries and their relevant compensation brackets below. The Judicial College Guidelines provided these figures.

Type of Injury Amount of Compensation Description
Eye In the region of £252,180 (b) Total blindness in both eyes.
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 £60,010 to £99,440 (c) (ii) This bracket is similar to the one above, with only one remaining eye that is functional. However, the issues with the remaining eye are less severe, such as double vision, etc.
Eye £51,460 to £61,690 (d) The total loss of one 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 £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 £8,550 to £19,690 (g) Permanent but minor vision impairment in one or both eyes. This includes cases where there is double vision.
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 Moderate brain damage: (c) (i) This bracket includes brain damage that causes a moderate to severe intellectual deficit and an effect on sight.

If you can’t see your injuries in the compensation table above, or you’d like a free, accurate estimate of what you could claim, why not reach out to our advisors?

Special Damages Which May Be Awarded For Eye Injuries

Special damages relate to any financial losses you’ve suffered due to the injury. Therefore, you can claim for such things as:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Prescription/medicine costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Care costs, such as the costs of a private nurse, a care bed, etc.
  • Recreational activities that you’re no longer able to commit to due to the injury (lost deposits)

You will need evidence to validate the number of special damages you’re looking to claim. As such, if you use the services of an eye injury lawyer, they will request receipts, invoices or bank statements (for example) confirming the amount of the loss. If you’re unable to provide sufficient evidence, you will only receive some or none of the special damages you’re claiming.

You may also be wondering, “what is the personal injury claims time limit?” Generally, to make a claim, you would need to begin the claim within 3 years of either the incident itself or the date you became aware of the injury being caused or worsened by someone else’s negligence. However, there are exceptions to this. Our advisors can let you know how much time you may have to claim.

If you’d like more clarity regarding what you could claim for and if you’re eligible, simply call one of our advisors using the phone number at the top of this page. They provide free legal advice and can be contacted 24/7 at a time that suits you.

No Win No Fee Eye Injury Lawyers

You may be wondering, “What are the benefits of using a No Win No Fee eye injury lawyer?” The benefits are that:

  • Your personal injury solicitor or lawyer will not request you to pay legal fees upfront or during the claims process.
  • Instead, they will take a small, legally capped portion of your compensation as payment for the legal fees if the case is successful.
  • They will not request legal fees from you if your claim is unsuccessful.

Because of the nature of No Win No Fee, you can work with your personal injury lawyer knowing that they won’t waste your time. They will only agree to work on your claim if they feel there’s a good chance of success.

Start Your Claim 

Our advisors are available 24/7 and offer free legal advice, so if you have any questions or just want to know if you can claim, call us at a time that works for you. They can provide you with a reliable estimate of what you could receive.

If you can make a personal injury claim, our specialist personal injury lawyers will work for you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you don’t have to worry about upfront or ongoing legal fees, as they’ll come out of your compensation if your claim is successful.

Essential References 

For more useful information, please use the links below.

To learn more about corneal abrasions, read this NHS guidance.

If you’d like to read more about eye injuries or infections, visit the NHS website.

Suffering from the loss of sight in one eye? If so, and you want to see if you can claim, visit our website.

Have you suffered from negligence caused by bad laser eye surgery? If so, read our guide.

Read our guide for more information about general eye injury claims.

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