Compensation for Eye Injuries
Eyes are so much more to us than sight alone – they allow us to experience life in all its beauty. Even partial or temporary loss of vision can significantly impact on your daily life. Loss of sight can make it dangerous or impossible to do even the most simple activities such as drive a car, cook a meal, or see your loved one’s faces. The delicate nature of eyes means that even a seemingly insignificant injury can damage their ability to work as they should.
If you have suffered an injury that has affected your sight, The Compensation Experts can help. All of our claims are worked on a No Win No Fee* basis (*Conditions may apply. Please see details at the bottom of the page). This means that if you don’t win your claim for compensation, you aren’t left with any scary costs.
What is an Eye Injury?
The eye is made up of ten individual parts all working together to help people see. An eye injury occurs when any of these parts is damaged causing the eye’s function to be depleted or stop working altogether.
The cornea is the outer covering that protects the softer, more delicate parts, and is very painful when scratched. The retina receives light and other visual signals; this is then transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve. Both the retina and optic nerve can be loosened or completely ruptured, which can cause a person to lose their sight in the affected eye completely.
Types of Eye Injury Claims:
Here are some common eye injuries for which you might be eligible to claim compensation.
Abrasions or scratches to the eye’s surface
The cornea can be scratched easily. This often occurs by rubbing your eye when there is a foreign body in it or by accidentally poking your eye with something. This can be extremely uncomfortable, negatively impact on your vision and can lead to infections in the eye if left untreated.
Fracture of the orbital socket
The orbital socket is the area of bone surrounding the eye. This can be fractured if significant force is applied to it and is common in road traffic accidents if the face hits the dashboard or steering wheel. This can result in decreased vision in the eye, severe pain and possible damage to the eye itself.
Punctures by a foreign body
Eye punctures can occur when foreign bodies such as metal splinters or glass shards enter the eye. If left untreated eye punctures can cause loss of sight however, if treated quickly damage can often be minimised. This type of injury could be caused by carrying out potentially dangerous activities at work without wearing safety goggles.
Chemical, heat, or radiation burns
Certain chemicals are corrosive or can burn the eye. This could also occur as a result of extreme heat or radiation. This kind of injury can quickly result in loss of sight and should be treated immediately. Chemical burns to the eye are most common in the workplace if people are required to use hazardous chemicals. Necessary safety equipment such as goggles should be supplied to those whose job role requires this.
Negligent corrective laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery is designed to correct your vision however, if not performed properly it can cause more damage. It can result in scarring to the cornea, damaged tear ducts, eye sensitivity and even blindness. If you feel you have been a victim of negligent corrective laser eye surgery contact The Compensation Experts.
Causes of Eye Injuries
Eye injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, be it a freak accident or an industrial accident. One of the most common places for an eye injury to occur is at work, however they can also happen as the result of other accidents, such as a motor vehicle or sporting accident.
One example of a successful eye injury compensation claim was a woman who was injured when debris from a public fireworks display hit her in the eye. The injury affected her vision for months after the accident. An independent ophthalmologist determined that not only was the victim’s sight likely to remain impaired, there was an increased probability that she would develop cataracts later in life. We were able to help her successfully claim compensation for the damage to her sight and potential future issues.
Am I Eligible to Make an Eye Injury Claim?
You are eligible to make an eye injury claim if your injury occurred as a result of negligence on somebody else’s part. Contact our expert team to find out whether your claim is likely to be successful.
They will discuss the details of your case with you and determine whether negligence played a role in your eye injury. If this is the case, it is likely you will be able to gain compensation for your eye injury.
What is the Time Limit to Make an Eye Injury Claim?
Negligence claims must be made within 3 years of the incident. When making an eye injury claim, court proceedings must have begun within 3 years of the date of the accident, or 3 years from the date on which you were first aware your eyesight had been damaged.
It is possible to extend this time limit however, this will only occur in exceptional circumstances and will be up to the courts to decide.
How Much Compensation Could I Get for an Eye Injury Claim?
The amount of compensation you receive for an eye injury will depend on the severity of the injury. Injuries that result in permanent loss of sight will receive significantly more compensation than temporary eye injuries.
When calculating compensation amount, the effect on your life will be taken into account as well as any loss of earnings, treatment/support costs and more. The best way to get an accurate picture of how much compensation you could get is to speak to a member of our expert team.
Making an Eye Injury Claim
The sooner you obtain quality legal advice, the easier claiming compensation for your eye injury will be. To begin your eye injury claim, get in touch with The Compensation Experts today.
Our advisors are happy to provide you with a no-obligation consultation to give you an understanding of what a claim involves and whether you are eligible to make one. They will discuss the details of your case with you and make an assessment as to whether your claim is likely to be successful should you choose to proceed.
If you do choose to pursue compensation for an eye injury, you will be paired with a solicitor who has experience in cases such as your own. They will help to guide you through the process and get you the compensation you deserve. More than 90% of the personal injury claims we refer settle without having to go to court and your lawyer will do their utmost to make this happen for you as well. Their role is to represent your best interests and obtain a fair payment to cover the cost of any expenses related to your injury including medical expenses and loss of income.
Starting your Eye Injury Claim
Submit our online claim form and one of our specialist team will be in touch to discuss your case with you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In this case you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. However, if your claim is successful we will charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded and if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends then you may be liable to pay basic charges in addition to this.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information you provide, which then helps us to determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Team
Each client has their own Personal Injury lawyer who will work on the case from start to finish. They will also be there every step of the way. The client has a direct phone number and direct email address of the lawyer.
Expert Eye Injury Advisors Working For You
We work on a No Win No Fee* basis, so if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
However, you should be aware that the panel of solicitors we work with may charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded if your claim is successful. Further, if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends you may be also liable to pay basic charges including (but not exclusively) disbursements, and barrister’s fees.
Whether you are ready to make an eye injury claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have trained advisors on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back at a time that suits you.