Last updated on May 11th, 2022
Losing our sight can be one of the most devastating things that can happen. It can impose many restrictions as to what we can do and where we can go and can lower our quality of life considerably. Your ability to work, drive and enjoy family occasions are all likely to be affected by any reduction in your sight. Importantly, if your vision is impaired following an accident that was not your fault, you might be eligible to claim compensation for loss of sight in one eye, or both.
This guide to making a loss of sight compensation claim will show you when you might be entitled to compensation, how a claim is processed, and how much compensation for loss of sight you might be awarded.
We have a team of specialist advisors on hand if you are thinking of taking action today. They will assess your claim for free and offer legal advice about your options. Claims with a reasonable chance of success could be passed to one of our personal injury solicitors if you want to proceed. If they do represent you, they’ll process your loss of sight claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
To find out if you could claim compensation for yourself or a loved one who’s been affected by vision loss, you can speak to our team right now by calling 0800 6524 881 today. If you’d rather find out more before calling, please read on.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For Loss Of Sight?
- Common Causes Of Loss Of Sight Compensation Claims
- How Much Compensation For Loss Of Sight Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Loss Of Sight Compensation Claim
- Time Limits For Loss Of Sight Claims
- Starting A Loss Of Sight Compensation Claim
To determine your eligibility to claim compensation for loss of sight, initially, a claims advisor will look to verify that:
- The defendant (the party you’re claiming against) owed you a duty of care; and
- An accident or incident occurred because the defendant was negligent; and
- You suffered a loss of sight from the accident or incident.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether a duty of care existed or not as we’ll check this for you. Essentially, various laws and regulations can be used to establish a duty of care such as COSHH, the Road Traffic Act 1988, and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The next thing to do is to prove how you lost your sight and who was to blame. Later on in this guide, we’ll provide information on the types of evidence you could use to do so.
Some of the most common incidents that lead to loss of sight compensation claims include:
- Head injuries. Loss of sight can occur when certain parts of the brain, head, or eyes are injured or damaged. These injuries can result from many types of accidents involving head trauma.
- Chemical burns. Acids, alkalis, and other chemicals can cause loss of sight and potentially blindness if they come into contact with the eyes. The Control of Substances Hazardous To Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) was introduced to help control the use of such substances in the workplace.
- Penetrating wounds. Employees working in manufacturing or workshops are most susceptible to common causes of eye injuries at work. Shards of glass, metal, wood and other materials that penetrate the eye can result in sight loss. In workplaces, protective eyewear should be provided to minimise the risk of this happening.
- Exposure to bright light. Lasers, sparks, and welding torches are hazards that can all cause permanent or temporary loss of sight.
- Medical negligence. It is quite rare but sight loss can sometimes be attributed to medical mistakes. For example, failure to diagnose an eye problem or avoidable errors during laser eye surgery could both cause sight loss.
Our solicitors can help with claiming compensation for sight loss for various types of accidents including:
To speak to us about a loss of sight compensation claim, please call our claims advisors to discuss your options.
The amount of compensation that the court might award you for loss of sight will depend on several factors. The main factors are the suffering your injuries have caused (general damages) and any financial impact (special damages). The difference between these two damages is explained in more detail here.
Loss of sight claims will vary from case to case, however, any settlement amount could cover:
- The physical effects of your sight loss including any pain during the accident.
- Psychological suffering caused by your loss of sight including depression, anxiety, and stress.
- Any income loss your injuries have caused.
- Loss of amenity. This is compensation to cover the impact of your sight loss on your social life, family activities, and hobbies.
- Adaptations to your home to help you deal with your sight loss.
- Care costs to cover the time of a friend, family member, or professional carer if needed.
- Private medical costs.
- Travel costs resulting from your loss of sight.
- Future loss of earnings. If your ability to earn is reduced because you’ve lost your sight, your age, current salary and career prospects will be used to estimate how much income you’ll lose.
As described earlier, any loss of sight can have a significant impact on your life. It’s therefore important to ensure all aspects of your suffering are included when calculating how much compensation for loss of sight in one eye, or both, you should get. If you work with one of our personal injury solicitors, they’ll do all they can to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Solicitors use guidelines from the Judicial College to determine compensation amounts and settlements for loss of sight claims. Therefore, we’ve used the same guidance below:
- Total blindness could see a compensation payout of around £268,720.
- £95,990 – £179,770 compensation for loss of sight in one eye and reduced vision in the remaining eye with a great risk of more deterioration to the eye.
- £63,950 – £105,990 for loss of sight in one eye causing additional issues and/or reduced vision in the other eye.
- For the total loss of one eye, a compensation settlement of £54,830 – £65,710 would be likely.
- £49,270 – £54,830 compensation for complete loss of sight in one eye where there may be a risk of sympathetic ophthalmia.
- £23,680 – £39,340 compensation for serious injury to one eye causing a degree of loss of vision but not affecting the remaining eye.
- £9,110 – £20,980 compensation for an injury to one or both eyes causing what might be considered minor but permanent problems with vision, for example, increased sensitivity to bright lights.
The severity and impact of your injuries are used to work out the payout amount if your claim is won. For example, compensation payouts for permanent loss of sight would be higher than a payout awarded for temporary loss of sight. To help determine how severe your loss of sight is, you’ll likely be required to have an independent medical assessment during the claims process.
Our solicitors can usually arrange a local appointment with a specialist medical expert so you don’t have to travel too far. In your meeting, the specialist will examine you and discuss how you’ve been affected by sight loss. They’ll then create a report for all parties involved in your claim to explain the nature of your injuries and your prognosis.
For less severe eye injuries and compensation payouts, you may wish to refer to our guide on eye injury compensation claims.
Whether you’re claiming compensation for loss of sight due to an accident at work, a car crash, or any other type of accident, your case is likely to be handled by the defendant’s insurance company. Their stance is likely to be that no compensation will be paid unless you can prove that their client was to blame. Additionally, they’ll want evidence to prove the extent of your loss of sight.
Therefore, the more evidence you can provide the better. The types of information you could use to support your loss of sight claim include:
- Accident report forms. Most companies must log any accidents on their premises. You are allowed to ask for a copy of your report if you were not given one at the time of your accident.
- Medical notes. Any treatment you receive at a hospital will be documented. You can ask for a copy of your medical records to help prove your diagnosis and the treatment you’ve received.
- Witness details. You should give details of anybody who witnessed your accident to your solicitor. If liability is not admitted by the defendant, a witness statement might help to corroborate your version of events.
- Camera recordings. If your accident was caught on CCTV cameras or a dashcam, you are entitled to ask for a copy of the relevant footage. This should be requested quickly before it is deleted.
- Photographs. Pictures of the accident scene can help to establish what caused your loss of sight. If possible, ask somebody to take pictures from various angles ideally before anything is moved.
Your own statement is also important evidence in a loss of sight compensation claim. You should include how you’ve been affected and record any dates you were unable to work or participate in family events and hobbies.
Any personal injury claim for loss of sight in the UK has a 3-year time limit. You must claim within this timeframe to prevent your case from becoming statute-barred. The time limit will start from:
- The date of the accident or incident that caused you to lose your sight; or
- The date your sight loss was diagnosed.
Our advice is to begin the claim as soon as you can so that your solicitor has enough time to arrange your medical assessment and collect supporting evidence.
Loss of sight compensation claims can be settled quite quickly if the defendant accepts liability straight away. In these cases, compensation might be awarded within 9-months. However, claims that are contested or require extra investigation can take longer than a year.
If you’re ready to take action and start a loss of sight compensation claim today, the best way to begin is to call us on 0800 6524 881. We’ll review your case for free and let you know your options right away. Remember, any claim that’s accepted will be processed by one of our No Win No Fee solicitors so you’ll only have to pay them if compensation is awarded.
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