Any injury to the eye can be painful and have a significant impact on your life. While many eye injuries are temporary, more serious cases can lead to ongoing vision problems or even complete blindness. Importantly, you may be able to claim eye injury compensation if you’ve been hurt in an accident that was somebody else’s fault. Therefore, this guide will explain how eye injury claims work, the amount of compensation for an eye injury that might be paid and the types of accidents that could lead to a claim.
If you believe you should be compensated for an eye injury, call our team for a free initial consultation. There’s no obligation to continue but you’ll receive legal advice about your options after your case has been reviewed. If your claim seems strong enough, we’ll connect you with one of our personal injury solicitors. They’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis in the event your eye injury claim is taken on.
To discuss your eye injury right away, please call 0800 6524 881 today. Otherwise, please read on to find out more about your options.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make An Eye Injury Compensation Claim?
- Can I Claim Eye Injury Compensation If I Was Partly Responsible?
- Common Causes Of Eye Injury Claims
- Common Types Of Injuries To Eyes
- How Much Compensation For An Eye Injury Could I Claim?
- Average Eye Injury Settlement Amounts
- Evidence To Support An Eye Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Eye Injury Compensation
- How Long Does An Eye Injury Claim Take To Settle?
- Starting The Eye Injury Claims Process
Generally, to be eligible to claim compensation for an eye injury you’ll have to prove that:
- The defendant had a legal duty of care towards you; and
- Their negligence caused an accident or an incident to happen; and
- You injured an eye or both eyes as a result.
Proving a duty of care existed is quite straightforward using legislation like the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 if you’ve suffered an eye injury at work. Therefore, you needn’t spend too long researching this as it’s something your solicitor will check at the start of your consultation. You can still help though by providing evidence that shows how your eye was injured and who was to blame. We’ll show you the types of evidence that could help secure compensation in a later section.
Yes, in the UK, you could still claim compensation for an eye injury even if you were partly responsible for the accident that caused the injury. However, the amount of compensation you receive may be reduced to reflect your share of responsibility. This is known as “contributory negligence,” and is explained further on this page. For example, if you were 15% responsible for the accident that caused your eye injury, your compensation award may be reduced by 15%.
Please contact us if you feel you may be partially responsible for your eye injury and we’ll provide free advice on your options.
Our personal injury solicitors could help you make a claim for any type of accident caused by somebody else where your eye was injured. Some of the more common causes of eye injury claims include:
- Workplace accidents. For example, you could claim compensation for a work injury if chemicals or fumes damaged your eyes at work because you weren’t supplied with safety goggles by your employer. Your claim could also be based on a lack of training and unsafe working conditions.
- Road traffic accidents. Here you could claim compensation if glass fragments scratched your cornea following a car crash caused by another road user.
- Public place accidents. An example here might be if you suffer a black eye after being assaulted in a pub because of a lack of security staff.
- Sporting injuries. While you might accept a level of risk when playing some sports, if your eye is injured because of an unsafe pitch, poor coaching, damaged equipment or inadequate supervision, you could be entitled to compensation.
If your eye injury was caused by any other type of accident, please let us know and we’ll assess your chances of being compensated for free.
The types of injuries that we could help you claim compensation for include those that damage the eyeball, the socket and the ligaments and muscles surrounding the eye. Some of the more common eye injury claims that our solicitors help with include the following:
- Corneal abrasions.
- Orbital (eye socket fractures).
- Detached retina.
- Irritations and burns.
- Surface haemorrhage (bleeding in the eye).
- Black eyes.
- Foreign object injuries.
Some of the injuries listed above could cause temporary or permanent vision problems including blindness if severe enough or not treated properly.
Some of the most common symptoms of eye injuries include:
- Redness and bruising.
- Vision changes including double vision, blurred vision, flashing and floaters.
- Swelling and pain in and around the eye.
- Bleeding in the eye.
- Changes in the appearance of the eye.
- Difficulty moving the eye.
Most eye injuries are caused by trauma, foreign bodies and exposure to chemicals, fumes and other toxic substances. Whatever the cause, if somebody else caused your injury due to their negligence, we could help you get the compensation you deserve.
There’s no set amount of compensation for an eye injury as each claim is unique. Any settlement awarded will depend mainly on how severe the injury is and how it’s affected you. Therefore, your personal injury solicitor will discuss with you in detail how your eye injury has affected you before starting your claim. They’ll then try to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible for you. The types of damages that could be awarded include compensation for:
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Loss of amenity i.e. how your eye injury has impacted your social life and hobbies.
- Psychological harm such as distress or depression.
- Lost earnings.
- Medical expenses.
- Care costs to cover the time somebody else spent supporting you while your eye was injured.
- Travel expenses.
- Future loss of earnings if your eye injury will reduce your ability to earn.
- Home modifications. These could make it easier for you to get around your home if you’ve incurred some form of permanent vision loss.
If you’d like to find out if a personal injury solicitor could help you to claim eye injury compensation, please call today.
- £2,200 up to £3,950 compensation for eye injuries described as “transient eye injuries” which are relatively minor and a full recovery is expected within weeks.
- Compensation from £3,950 up to £8,730 for minor eye injuries such as a direct strike to the eye, exposure to smoke or liquids which cause initial pain and have a temporary impact on vision.
- Relatively minor eye injuries where there is a permanent impact on vision, such as sensitivity to bright lights or double vision, can see a settlement of between £9,110 and £20,980.
- Serious eye injuries where there is a degree of lost vision in one eye can lead to compensation from £23,680 up to £39,340.
- £49,270 up to £54,830 compensation for loss of sight in one eye, with the higher figure often associated with additional scarring.
- Compensation for the total loss of one eye which may depend on age, cosmetic effect and psychiatric issues may see a payout of £54,830 up to £65,710.
- Compensation for loss of sight in one eye and impaired vision in the other eye, £63,950 up to £179,770, heavily dependent upon the potential deterioration of vision in the remaining eye
- Compensation for total blindness in both eyes might be anywhere up to £268,720.
Please bear in mind that these are compensation guidelines (advised by the Judicial College) when calculating the value of an eye injury for general damages and therefore you may receive less or more than the amounts stated if your claim is successful. Also, any settlement amount would consider whether one or both eyes were affected.
During the claims process, an independent medical assessment will be obtained so that your solicitor can fully understand your prognosis. Once that report is received, your solicitor will be able to offer a personalised compensation estimate.
If you make an eye injury claim, it will almost inevitably end up with the defendant’s insurance company. Usually, they will defend the claim from the outset and try to avoid paying compensation unless they have to. Therefore, your solicitor will try to present a strong case backed by evidence to convince them of why their client was responsible for your eye injury. The types of evidence for an eye injury claim they might use include:
- Accident scene photographs. Where possible, these should include what caused the accident that led to your eye injury before it gets repaired, removed or replaced.
- Witness details. In cases where liability is not clear, your solicitor might collect witness statements to back up your version of events.
- Accident report forms. These make it difficult for the defendant to deny that the accident occurred. Therefore, you should always report the accident where possible.
- Medical evidence. Your medical records can be obtained from the hospital or GP surgery where your eye injury was treated to help confirm the doctor’s diagnosis.
- CCTV or dashcam recordings. If the accident was captured on camera, footage of the accident can make it much easier to prove how you were injured.
- Financial evidence. Receipts, wage slips and bank statements can be used to help prove how your eye injury has affected you financially.
As part of our free initial consultation, we’ll review any evidence you already have so please share it with us when you get in touch.
Any personal injury claim has a 3-year time limit in the UK according to the Limitation Act 1980. This will usually start from the date of the accident. However, if your injury wasn’t apparent right away it would then begin from the date of diagnosis (your date of knowledge).
In our experience, it’s easier to gather evidence and to have your eye/s examined independently if you begin the claims process earlier rather than later. Additionally, if you start early, there’s a chance your solicitor could request an interim payment so that you could get private medical care if it could improve your chances of a full recovery.
The process of making an eye injury claim can vary depending on various factors such as:
- The nature and severity of the eye injury;
- The availability and strength of evidence;
- The other party’s willingness to accept liability.
A straightforward claim, for example, where liability for the eye injury is admitted early on, might only take a few months to settle while more complicated cases, for example, if medical negligence is believed to be the cause, may take a year or longer to reach a conclusion.
If you’d like to find out if you’re eligible to claim eye injury compensation, please call our advice centre on 0800 6524 881 today. Your claim will be assessed by a specially trained advisor who’ll explain your legal options for free.
If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will handle everything for you and act on a No Win No Fee basis. This way, if the claim fails, you won’t have to pay legal fees. If the claim is won, an agreed percentage of any compensation would be deducted as a success fee to cover the cost of your solicitor’s work.
To learn more about the eye injury claims process, please connect with an advisor using our live chat service.