Eye injury Claims
Our free 6 point guide will help you understand why eye injuries occur and what to do if you have suffered a eye injury. Our claims team are here 24 hours a day to help you start your claim for compensation.
Eye injuries are particularly difficult to adapt to, particularly if you have become partially or completely blind as a result. You may find that you need significant support in the short to medium term to help you come to terms with your accident and to teach you the skills to adapt to life after your accident. Although there are many wonderful charities around supporting those who have become partially sighted, to get the full amount of support that you need can be extremely expensive. Even less severe eye accidents can be painful and distressing, and you may be able to make a claim for compensation to help you with any associated costs, for example lost earnings or additional travel costs.
Eye Injuries And Reasons Injuries To The Eyes Occur
- Scratches To The Cornea Or The Eyelid
A scratch to the cornea (this is the transparent surface covering the part of the eye that we see through) can be very painful, feeling like you have a small object in your eye every time you blink. Similarly, scratches to the eyelid can also feel as if there is an object such as a grain of sand on the surface of the eye. Although a scratched cornea or eyelid will usually heal reasonably quickly, it is important that they are seen quickly by a medical professional. This is because any cut to the surface of the eye (and it can be difficult to be sure whether your scratch is to the eyelid or the eyeball) has the potential to allow infection to enter the eye, causing serious damage. You can scratch your cornea through contact with any sharp substance, including sand or grit, as well as direct contact with a larger object, for example developing a paper cut on the eyeball after being struck by falling papers.
- Hard Objects In The Eye
Objects that have penetrated the eyeball are usually referred to as foreign bodies. Similarly to the issues with a cut or scratch on the cornea, any foreign body that punctures the eyeball can lead to infection. Puncture wounds from hard objects in the eye can be relatively small and minor, such as those caused by metal or wood shavings, or can be extremely serious, such as having the eyeball punctured in a nail gun accident or as a result of machinery malfunction. Obviously, the amount of damage to vision will vary wildly in those two examples.
- Chemicals Making Contact With The Eye
The eye is a relatively unprotected part of the body and chemicals that come into contact with the eyeball will enter the body relatively easily. This is why protective eye wear should be worn at all times when working with chemicals or noxious substances. If you have suffered an eye injury as a result of contact with a noxious substance, whether at work or in a public place, it is likely that you will be able to make a claim for compensation.
- Eye Injuries As A Result Of Assault Or Trauma
If you have been struck hard to the eye area, either with a heavy object or a punch for example, you may develop eye injuries as a result of that trauma. These could be as simple as bruising, swelling and redness to the eye injury, but could be much more serious. A detached retina can occur as a result of traumatic injury can lead to partial or total loss of vision in the affected eye. A detached retina is when the part of the eye that responds to light (the retina) loses its attachment to the layer underneath it. This means that it can move slightly within the eyeball and this can allow a layer of fluid to build up underneath the retina. A detached retina may require surgery to prevent a permanent loss of vision, and having suffered a detached retina once makes it more likely that you will sustain the same injury again.
- Medical Negligence
Eye operations are stressful for patients and delicate for medical staff. Although the overwhelming majority of medical procedures involving the eyes go flawlessly, you may be able to make a claim if you are the victim of medical negligence. Medical negligence claims can be some of the most complex personal injury claims, and we strongly recommend getting expert advice from our team of specialist personal injury solicitors on 0121 565 4317 or contacting our claims team online.
- Fractures To The Eye Socket
As with other injuries following from an assault or from being struck in the eye with a heavy object, fractures to the bones around the eye can be incredibly painful. It is important to obtain medical advice if you believe that you may have sustained a fractured eye socket, to ensure that the damage will heal properly and to avoid any later complications.
Eye injuries are stressful and may take a considerable amount of time to heal, often leaving you with restricted vision during this period. As a result, you may be unable to travel as normal, particularly if you are used to driving to get to work or to social events, and you may have to take time off work. A compensation claim for your eye injury helps to cover the costs of any of these additional difficulties, as well as compensating you for the pain and suffering you have experienced. If you believe that you may be eligible for compensation as a result of your accident and eye injury, call us on 0121 565 4317 or contact our claims team online.
What If My Eye Injury Claim Was The Result Of An Accident At Work?
If your eye injury was the result of an accident at work, it is likely that your employer will be held liable for your compensation. This is because they have an obligation to keep you safe while you are at work and should provide you with any relevant safety equipment and make sure that you are fully trained in safe working practices. Your employer is not allowed to punish you in any way for bringing a personal injury claim for any injury sustained at work. We may be able to offer you a no win no fee agreement to pursue your eye injury claim as a result of your accident at work.
How Much Compensation Might I Get For My Eye Injury Claim?
All compensation claims are comprised of two parts. The first part deals with the injury itself. The Judicial College sets out national guidelines to enable claimants (such as yourself) and those responsible for the accidents (if you were injured at work, for example, this would be your employer) to know how much compensation is reasonable for a particular injury. These ranges can be very wide, however, to ensure that the compensation you receive reflects the individual nature of your accident. A minor, temporary eye injury might receive compensation between £1675 and £3000, for example. For total blindness in both eyes, you could expect to receive an amount in the region of £200,000. Our expert claims team of personal injury solicitors have extensive experience interpreting these guidelines and will be able to give you a clearer estimate of how much compensation you might expect for your eye injury claim.
The second part of any personal injury claim is that you must be compensated for any expenses or financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your accident and injury. In the case of eye injuries and claims relating to the eyes, include additional transportation costs if you are temporarily unable to drive. The principle behind compensation is that you should be left in the same position as you would have been in had the accident and injury not occurred, or at least as close as possible to that. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you are able to claim the costs associated with your accident, your healing and any adaptations you may have had to make to your home and lifestyle as part of your compensation payment.
What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Compensation Claim For My Eye Injury?
Many people worry about huge legal fees piling up if they make a claim for compensation following their eye injury. We don’t believe that justice should only be available to those who can afford to pay up front. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis for the vast majority of our eye injury claim clients. With a no win no fee arrangement in place, we are able to act on your behalf and get you the compensation you deserve as a result of your eye injury, without you having to pay a penny up front. Best of all, we only get paid a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that if we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t have to pay a penny.
Call us now on 0121 565 4317 or contact our claims team online to find out whether your eye injury claim is eligible for a no win no fee agreement and let us help you to get the compensation you deserve.