This guide will provide you with information regarding eye injury compensation claims. In order to seek personal injury compensation, there are several criteria which need to be met, including ensuring you put forward your claim in the relevant time frame. We will discuss these further throughout our guide as well as the time limit in place for starting a claim.
Additionally, we will explore the duty of care that certain third parties owe and the legislation that outlines the responsibilities they have.
Also, we will provide examples of the accidents that could occur and result in an eye injury if this duty of care is not upheld.
Eye injuries can vary in severity and can impact those who sustain them in different ways, including psychologically, physically and financially. They can also impact your day to day life as well as it’s overall quality. We will explore the compensation you could be awarded to address the ways in which your injury has affected you and how this is calculated.
You may also wonder about the steps you can take as part of the claims process. We will provide information on the evidence you can gather to support your potential claim as well as the benefits of seeking legal representation in the form of a No Win No Fee solicitor.
For more information, please get in touch with an advisor. They can offer legal advice for free and discuss any questions you have regarding the personal injury claims process. To reach them, you can:
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In order to make a personal injury claim for an eye injury, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. As such, you must prove that a third party owed you a duty of care, breached this duty and caused you to sustain harm as a result. This is defined as negligence.
There are certain third parties that owe a duty of care, including employers, road users and those in control of a public space. We have explored this in further detail in the following sections.
Road traffic Accidents
Road users have a duty of care to navigate the roads in a way that prevents others from experiencing harm. This is set out in the The Road Traffic Act 1988. The Highway Code provides guidance on the different responsibilities each road user has. There are also rules which are backed up elsewhere in law.
Below, we have provided examples of how a road traffic accident could occur resulting in an eye injury.
- You have been involved in a car accident due to a driver failing to adhere to the legal speed limit. Alongside other injuries, you suffer a corneal abrasion from shattered glass.
- A pedestrian accident occurs when a driver fails to stop while you are crossing at a zebra crossing. As a result, you sustain a fractured eye socket.
You can take steps as part of the road traffic accident procedure to make an eye injury claim provided you meet the relevant criteria.
Accidents In A Public Place
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 sets out the duty of care those in control of a public space owe. This means they need to take steps to ensure your reasonable safety.
Provided below are some examples of how eye injuries could occur in a public place:
- You may be injured in a supermarket accident due to stock on shelves being incorrectly stacked. This can lead to boxes falling on you causing you a head injury alongside an eye injury.
- You may trip and fall up the stairs due to a faulty handrail, causing you to hit your face on a step. As a result, you might sustain an injury to your eye.
Accidents At Work
Employers owe a duty of care towards their employees, this is outlined under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The duty of care they owe means they must take steps that are both reasonable and practicable to ensure your safety in the workplace.
A failure to do so could lead to you sustaining harm in the workplace. Examples of accidents at work could include:
- You may have slipped at work due to the lack of a warning sign to notify of a wet floor. As a result, you might sustain a fractured cheekbone that results in bleeding around the eye socket causing problems with your eye sight.
- You may experience an injury to your eye because your employer failed to provide necessary and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as goggles when working with hazardous substances.
For more information on eye injury compensation claims, get in touch with an advisor on the number above. They can advise on whether you can make an accident at work claim for an eye injury or another type of claim.
Following an accident in which you sustained harm, you may wonder what the time limit to claim is to start a personal injury claim. In general, this period is three years from the date the accident occurred. This is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980. However, there can be exceptions. For example:
- If the person is under the age of 18: The time limit is paused allowing a suitable adult to act as a litigation friend and start the claim on their behalf. If no claim is made for them by the time they turn 18, they will have 3 years to start their own claim.
- If the person lacks the mental capacity to claim: The time limit is paused allowing a litigation friend to start the claim for them. If they recover their mental capacity and no claim has already been made for them, the time limit will start from the recovery date.
Learn more about the time limits for eye injury compensation claims by calling the number above.
There are up to two heads of claim that could be awarded; general damages and special damages. General damages account for the pain and suffering that has been caused by the injury.
Below, you can find a compensation table which includes guideline figures out of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Legal professionals can use these to assist them when valuing general damages.
Injury Severity Value Notes
(b) Injuries affecting sight Blindness In the region of £268,720 Complete loss of sight in both eyes.
(c) Injuries affecting sight Sight is lost in one eye and vision is reduced in the remaining eye (i) £95,990 to £179,770 Serious risk of deterioration in the remaining eye.
(c) Injuries affecting sight Sight is lost in one eye and vision is reduced in the remaining eye (ii) £63,950 to £105,990 Reduced vision in remaining eye with additional problems such as double vision.
(d) Injuries affecting sight One eye is completely lost £54,830 to £65,710 The award given will depend on the person's age, the psychiatric impact as well as the cosmetic effect.
(e) Injuries affecting sight Loss of sight in one eye £49,270 to £54,830 The award will take into account the risk of sympathetic ophthalmia.
(f) Injuries affecting sight Serious loss of vision in one eye £23,680 to £39,340 Vision loss is incomplete and there is no significant risk or loss or reduced vision in the remaining eye.
(g) Injuries affecting sight Permanent vision impairment in one or both eyes £9,110 to £20,980 Cases will be minor but could involve double vision that isn't constant.
(h) Injuries affecting sight Minor eye injuries £3,950 to £8,730 This can include cases of being struck in the eye, exposed to fumes or liquids splashing the eyes. There will be some initial pain and temporary interference with vision.
(i) Injuries affecting sight Transient eye injuries £2,200 to £3,950 Injuries will have recovered completely within a few weeks.
These figures are guidelines and are not guaranteed compensation amounts.
Special Damages In An Eye Injury Claim
Special damages account for the financial losses suffered as a result of the injury. Examples of the costs you could claim back include:
- Travel costs
- Medical fees
- Loss of income
You need to provide evidence of these financial losses to claim them back, such as receipts, payslips and invoices.
For more information on the compensation you could be awarded following a successful claim, please get in touch using the number above.
Evidence is important to help build a strong claim as it can help prove that negligence occurred. Below, you can find some examples of evidence you could collect as part of the eye injury compensation claims process:
- CCTV footage.
- Dashcam footage in the case of a road traffic accident.
- A diary of your treatment and symptoms.
- Medical records.
- Photographs of your injury and the accident site.
- Contact details from any potential witnesses.
You might also benefit from working with a solicitor from our panel. They can help you collect evidence and present your claim in full. Learn more about the services they can offer by calling the number above.
The solicitors from our panel can offer a No Win No Fee service. Different types exist including a Conditional Fee Agreement. This can give you access to their services without paying upfront or ongoing fees. You also don’t need to usually pay for the work they have done if your claim does not succeed.
Upon the completion of a successful claim, your solicitor would deduct a success fee from your compensation. This is capped by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 meaning you cannot be overcharged.
If you have any other questions on eye injury compensation claims, please get in touch using the details provided below. An advisor can discuss whether you’re eligible to claim and provide an estimate of the compensation you could be owed if you succeed.
To get in touch, you can:
- Contact us online
- Call the number at the top of the page
- Message an advisor on our live chat feature
Below, we have provided some external resources that you may find helpful:
- Health and Safety Executive – Workplace Statistics
- GOV – Road Accidents And Safety Statistics
- NHS – Eye Injuries
Additionally, we have provided more of our guides relating to personal injury claims:
- Road traffic accident solicitors near me
- When to report an accident at work
- Claiming for an accident at work when self employed
Thank you for reading this guide on eye injury compensation claims. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the details provided above.
Writer Matthew Willow
Editor Meg MacAllister