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If you have suffered an eye injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What type of eye injuries are there?
An injury to the eye can be caused by the area being hit and injured by an object, but can also include burns, cuts, scratches and irritation from liquids or smoke.
What are the common causes of eye injuries?
Small objects travelling at a high speed are one of the most likely ways of suffering a serious eye injury. Examples of these objects include glass or other materials propelled at the eye during a road traffic accident.
Eye injuries can also occur following accidents in the workplace. In order to prevent these occurring, it’s vital that protective goggles are worn in any work situations which could involve a risk of eye injury.
If you work in conditions which could lead to an eye injury you, and those employees around you, should always be trained on how to protect your eyes at work. If you suffered an eye injury due to not being trained on how to protect your eyes in potentially hazardous workplace situations you could be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim.
What should I do if I have suffered an eye injury?
If you have suffered an eye injury following an accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s vital that you contact a personal injury solicitor with experience in this area. They will assess the potential of success for your claim as well as providing an estimate on the potential compensation available to you.
This area of the law can potentially be extremely complicated so it’s vital that the legal team representing you is experienced in all the intricacies of the law.
How much compensation can I expect to receive?
The compensation you can claim for an eye injury will be broken down into the following:
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering
The amount of compensation awarded for pain and suffering depends on the exact nature of your eye problem, how much pain it causes you, how long the symptoms last and how it affects your ability to enjoy your life.
You solicitor will investigate previous case law similar to your accident to make an assessment of how much compensation could potentially be awarded.
The financial losses suffered will be unique to you. They can include, but are not limited to, the following: lost income (past and future), medical expenses, travel expenses and rehabilitation expenses.
What are the potential levels of compensation?
The following is a guide to the potential levels of personal injury compensation (pain and suffering) awarded for an eye injury:
Minor eye injuries – last for a few weeks with no permanent symptoms: £1,450 - £2,600
Minor injury causing initial pain and temporary vision problems: £2,650 - £5,750
Permanent vision problems in one eye but not complete loss of vision (depending on severity): £8250 - £25,750
Blindness in one eye: up to £36,000
Blindness in both eyes: In the region of £175,000