If a corneal abrasion injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

A corneal abrasion injury is a scratch on the eye's cornea, typically occurring after contact with dust, sand, or contact lenses. While typically not severe, they can cause discomfort and require prompt medical attention to prevent infection or further injury. Abrasions are usually treated with antibiotic eye drops and pain management.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a corneal abrasion injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

With over 14,000 cornea injury admissions each year, you are not alone

Corneal abrasions, or scratches on the surface of the eye's cornea, are fairly common and they can be caused by fingernails, contact lenses, and foreign bodies like dust or sand.

14,080 patients were admitted in 2021-22 with corneal disorders and related eye injuries, according to our review of NHS England data (digital.nhs.uk).

More serious injuries can occur when:

  • Metal, wood or debris is flung from work machinery without safety guards
  • An airbag deploys or other loose objects are thrown around during a road traffic accident
  • Contact lenses are incorrectly fitted by an optician
  • A sports injury occurs, such as being hit in the face with a football
  • Splashes from hazardous substances at work or home enter the eye.

For information on eye injury symptoms and treatment, see: eye injuries (nhs.uk).

Am I entitled to make a corneal abrasion injury claim?

In general, you can claim compensation if you were hurt:

  • in the last 3 years,
  • by someone elses actions or negligence, and
  • they owed you a duty of care.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Am I still eligible to claim if I was partially responsible?

Determining legal responsibility for a claimant's injuries can involve myriad factors.

In our recent 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they may have been partly (or wholly) responsible for their injuries.

Claiming compensation is still an option even if you were partly at fault. These contributory negligence cases are typically resolved with a split-liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to start a corneal abrasion injury claim?

An injury claim will usually need to be made within 3 years of the date or your accident or injury.

For injured children, a claim can be started by a parent or guardian at any time before they turn 18. Thereafter, the injured individual has until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own.

How much compensation can I claim for a corneal abrasion injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your corneal abrasion injury such as antibiotic eye drops, pain medication, artificial tears and patching.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average corneal abrasion injury general damages compensation

The following corneal abrasion injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Eye injury
Temporary eye injury £2,000 to £3,590
Minor eye injury £3,590 to £7,940
Minor but permanent loss of vision in one or both eyes £8,280 to £19,070
Serious loss of vision in one eye £21,530 to £35,760
Complete loss of sight in one eye £44,790 to £49,850
Total loss of one eye £49,850 to £59,740
Loss of one eye with reduced vision in the other eye £87,260 to £163,430
Loss of sight in one eye with deteriorating vision in the other eye £87,260 to £163,430
Total blindness Around £244,290
Total blindness and deafness Around £367,260

What are the symptoms of corneal abrasion?

The most obvious symptom of a corneal abrasion is the feeling of having grit in the eye. As the eye becomes increasingly irritated, the following symptoms may be experienced:

  • Pain and irritation when opening and closing the eye
  • Headaches
  • Red and watering eyes
  • Blood visible in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred or double vision.

In some cases, it may be possible to see the object stuck or embedded in the eye.

What is the treatment for corneal abrasion?

Most corneal abrasions heal by themselves in about 48 hours and doctors often prescribe antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection.

But serious eye injuries need rapid medical help. If something gets stuck on the cornea, it needs to be washed out to avoid deeper scratches and lasting scars on the eye. Without the proper medical care, a condition called 'recurrent corneal erosion' can happen. This is when the initial injury doesn't heal well, and the scratch keeps returning, causing ongoing pain and vision problems.

What happened?

The process for a corneal abrasion injury claim depends the circumstances of the accident. To learn more, click the icons below:

No win, no fee corneal abrasion injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim corneal abrasion injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Source: (reviewed: 09/12/2023)

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

Jenny Jones, Senior litigator