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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 claim personal injury compensation. If you have suffered an eye injury you may wonder ‘how much compensation for eye injury?
To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online.
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, impact, foreign bodies 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. To prevent them, protective goggles must be worn in any work situations which could involve a risk of eye injury If you work in conditions that 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 an accident at work 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, you should contact a personal injury solicitor with experience in this area. They will assess the potential of success for your claim and provide an estimate of the potential compensation available to you. This area of the law can potentially be extremely complicated so the legal team representing you must be experienced in all the intricacies of the law.
How Much Compensation For Eye Injury?
The compensation you can claim for an eye injury will be broken down into the following:
- Pain and suffering. Personal Injury General Damages refers to the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that a person has experienced through no fault of their own. Pain and suffering equate to physical and psychiatric symptoms, while loss of amenity takes into account how an injury has affected an individual’s lifestyle.
- Financial losses. The main kinds of special damages which make up personal injury claims are:
- Loss of income; if you have lost your job as a result of your accident or if you have been unable to work for a period of time without being paid then you could be entitled to this
- Loss of pension contributions are granted in some cases where you have lost your job because of your accident or injury
- The cost of being looked after if your injury has left you needing care
- The expense of needing a wheelchair for the rest of your life in cases where a claimant has become disabled.
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. Your solicitor will investigate previous case law similar to your accident to assess how much compensation could potentially be awarded.
Eye Injury Compensation Guide
Below is a guide to the potential levels of personal injury compensation (pain and suffering) awarded for an eye injury.
TYPE OF EYE INJURY
AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION
Blindness in both eyes
in the region of £214,210
Blindness in one eye
£39,270 – £43,710
Permanent vision problems in one eye but not complete loss of vision (depending on severity)
£7,270 – £31,320
A minor injury causing initial pain and temporary vision problems
£3,150 – £6,960
Minor eye injury with symptoms that last for a few weeks
£1,760 – £3,150
What to do if you suffer an eye injury
- If possible, following your accident, try to gather as much evidence as possible. Useful evidence may include photographs of the scene where you had your accident. It is also useful to have included in the photograph something that demonstrates scale.
- If anyone has witnessed your accident then it is advisable to get their details. Try to do this as soon as possible in cases of car accidents where it is likely you do not know the witnesses. Obtain full names, contact numbers and addresses and write these down clearly so they may be contacted at a later date.
- If your accident has occurred in the workplace then write it down in the workplace accident book as soon as you can. Every workplace should have an accident book where times, dates and details of injuries that happen in the workplace are recorded. You should also report your accident verbally or in writing to the health and safety officer, representative or anyone else who is responsible for health and safety at work.
- Medical attention should always be sought. Following your accident you should seek medical advice from the relevant medical professional, this could be your GP or someone at the hospital you have been admitted to. This will ensure that your injuries are formally recorded and can be relied on as evidence in a personal injury case if required.
- Make sure you keep all receipts relating to your injuries. This could be medical receipts for the treatment and care you have paid for e.g. physiotherapy sessions. It could also include travel receipts for journeys you have made in relation to your injuries.
- Keep a diary of your illness, recording any difficulties in mobility, pain as well as any psychological symptoms you may also be suffering from.
- If the type of claim you are considering is related to medical negligence, you should ensure that you keep as accurate a record of events leading up to the claim to ensure that you can recall everything when needed.
Personal Injury Claims with First Personal Injury
First Personal Injury has built up a reputation across the UK for our approach to personal injury claims. Working with members of the public who have had personal injuries, First Personal Injury exceeds customer expectations. To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. Explore: Personal Injury Resources