Injuries to the eye are extremely traumatic, painful and hard to cope with. Serious cases can have a permanent impact on quality of life, independence and ability to work and earn income. Therefore, claims for eye injury compensation can see settlements of a substantial value being awarded.
Table of contents:
- Can I claim eye injury compensation?
- Who is liable if I make a claim?
- Common types of eye injury claim
- Compensation amounts
- Can I claim on a No Win No Fee basis?
- What to do next
- Your questions answered
Can I claim eye injury compensation?
Any person who has suffered an eye injury that was caused through the negligence of someone else, at work, on the road or in a public place, can make a claim for eye injury compensation. If the accident was your fault entirely, you can’t hope to win a claim, though sometimes fault can be attributed to both parties and any final settlement would reflect this.
You should make sure that the details of your accident are recorded properly in an accident book or similar incident reporting system, and that appropriate medical attention is sought from a GP or a hospital.
To find out whether you can make a claim for your eye injury, speak with our specialist staff. We know your rights and can help you to recover compensation for the injury itself and also its impact on your day-to-day life and ability to work etc.
Who is liable if I make a claim?
If you sustained an eye injury at work, your claim will be made against your employers ‘employer liability insurance’ and would not directly impact on your workplace or colleagues. You would be free to continue with your work once you have recovered. You have legal rights if you’re injured at work, so make sure you understand them.
If the injury happened in a public place, such as a shop, restaurant or outdoors, the person or organisation responsible for ensuring public safety could be held liable if it can be proved they were negligent in this duty.
If your eye injury was caused as the result of a criminal assault, you must report your injuries and the attack to the police. You can then pursue a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme (CICA). Whilst it is always sensible to instruct a specialist Solicitor to represent you in a CICA claim, you should be aware that you do not have to instruct a solicitor and can make a claim directly to them via their application process.
In cases where an eye injury was caused in a non-fault road traffic accident, the liable party in the claims process will be the insurers of the driver who was responsible for the accident.
Common types of eye injury claim
At Direct2Compensation our specialist solicitors have succeeded in recovering compensation for many different types of damage to the eye:
- Foreign bodies entering the eye – such as metal, dust or wood
- Blunt force trauma – as seen in slips and trips, falls from height or road traffic accidents
- Lacerations and cuts
- Corneal abrasion
- Fractures to the eye socket or cheekbone
- Chemical burns through a lack of training or protective eyewear (PPE) at work
- Laser eye surgery negligence
Compensation amounts for eye injuries
The amount of compensation you can expect for an eye injury will largely depend on the extent it affects your sight. Total blindness in both eyes, for example, can see settlements of over £200,000. For minor eye injuries, where there is no long-term damage to sight, the amount would likely be between £2,000 and £10,000.
The following is a guide to compensation amounts for eye injuries based on their severity. These amounts are for the injury itself, but you can also claim for special damages, which can include your expenses and rehabilitation therapies, for example. Once your specialist solicitor has obtained your medical report they will be able to give you an idea of how much compensation to expect.
|Severity of injury||Compensation amount|
|Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the other eye||£60k - £169k|
|Total loss of one eye||£51k - £62k|
|Complete loss of sight in one eye||£46k - £51k|
|Serious, but incomplete loss of vision in one eye||£22k - £37k|
|Minor but permanent impairment of vision in one eye||£9k - £20k|
|Minor eye injuries, e.g being struck in the eye, exposure to fumes, smoke or liquid causing pain and temporary interference with vision||£4k - £8k|
|Transient eye injuries with recovery within a few weeks||£2k - £4k|
Can I claim on a No Win No Fee basis?
At Direct2Compensation any claim that we present to our specialist solicitors will be investigated and managed on a No Win No Fee basis.
Simply put, this means that should your claim fail for any reason you would face no liability for any costs on either side of the claims process. However, should your claim succeed, you would make a contribution from your agreed settlement towards the costs of the claim – as required by law. This cost is capped at a maximum of 25% of any award you receive along with your obligation to pay the cost of any ATE insurance policy that your Solicitor has to put in place if such cover is required. This fee is usually between £150-£250.
What to do next
Direct2Compensation are a personal injury specialist. It is what we do – nothing else! We know your rights and can help you to identify whether or not you have a valid claim for eye injury compensation. Simply call our offices on 01225 430285 or we can call you back. Alternatively, leave a question below and we’ll do our best to answer it.
Our solicitors have the experience and expertise to represent your best interests. They’ll arrange for a medical expert to assess you and provide a detailed report that will help settle your claim at the maximum value for your injury and the impact it has had on your life. Our role in the claims process is very much one of being a supportive resource to help you understand things in simple terms and be available as and when you need assistance.