Corneal Abrasion Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a corneal abrasion injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a corneal abrasion injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.
In our guide to claiming
corneal abrasion injury compensation:
Corneal abrasions are caused by foreign objects entering the eye. Common accidents include:
- Metal, wood or debris being flung from work machinery that is not fitted with the proper safety guards
- Being struck by an airbag or other loose objects during a road traffic accident
- Poorly fitted contacts, a result of optician negligence
- Sports injuries, such as being hit in the face with a football, squash ball or shuttlecock
- Chemical burns, which may be due to exposure to hazardous substances at work or splashes from household cleaning products.
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
- 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?
The majority of corneal abrasions will clear up on their own, usually within 48 hours. A course of antibiotic eye drops is commonly prescribed to prevent an infection from developing.
More serious injuries to the eye require immediate medical attention. If an object is lodged on the cornea, it must be flushed away before it causes deeper abrasions and permanent scarring of the eyeball.
Without the proper medical care, the patient is at risk of developing a painful eye condition known as recurrent corneal erosion. Recurrent erosions occur when the first injury heals imperfectly and the scratch returns for no apparent reason causing ongoing pain and vision problems.
Do I have a corneal abrasion injury claim?
As a basic rule, you can make a corneal abrasion injury claim if your injury happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Injury claim eligibility - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a corneal abrasion injury claim on their own behalf.
The amount of money you could claim for your corneal abrasion injury will depend on:
- the extent 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 corneal abrasion injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after a corneal abrasion injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Corneal abrasion injury compensation amounts
The following corneal abrasion injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.
|Eye injury||Minor||Temporary eye injury||£1,760 to £3,150|
|Eye injury||Minor||Minor eye injury||£3,150 to £6,960|
|Eye injury||Moderate||Minor but permanent loss of vision in one or both eyes||£7,270 to £16,720|
|Eye injury||Serious||Serious loss of vision in one eye||£18,880 to £31,320|
|Eye injury||Serious||Complete loss of sight in one eye||£39,270 to £43,710|
|Eye injury||Severe||Total loss of one eye||£43,710 to £52,360|
|Eye injury||Severe||Loss of one eye with reduced vision in the other eye||£50,970 to £84,510|
|Eye injury||Severe||Loss of sight in one eye with deteriorating vision in the other eye||£76,510 to £143,270|
|Eye injury||Very Severe||Total blindness||£214,210 to £214,250|
|Eye injury||Very Severe||Total blindness and deafness||Around £322,060|
How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?
If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.
The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.
General damages for a serious eye injury can be £30,000
For a less severe scarring, in isolation, you would typically receive £3,500.
However, if you have a serious eye injury and a less severe scarring, you would typically receive £30,000 + a reduced percentage of £3,500.
Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.
What is the average injury compensation for a corneal abrasion injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following a corneal abrasion injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your corneal abrasion injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
See the injury table above for some examples.
Can I claim for physiotherapy and private care costs?
Private treatment can be expensive, but funding towards the cost of this treatment frequently comprises part of a compensation award. Your solicitor may even be able to arrange access to private medical care as soon as your claim is accepted.
Calculate my corneal abrasion injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a corneal abrasion injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your corneal abrasion injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a corneal abrasion injury claim take?
How long it can take to process a corneal abrasion injury claim can vary significantly.
For example, a straightforward liability accepted injury claim might be concluded in a few weeks. However, if liability is denied a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. See: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your corneal abrasion injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
How did your injury occur?
The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:
No win, no fee - the facts
No Win, No Fee is an agreement with your solicitor (known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) that means that you can make a corneal abrasion injury claim with:
- no upfront legal fees
- no solicitor's fees payable if your claim is not successful
- a success fee payable only if your claim is successful
No Win, No Fee is the most common way to make a compensation claim.
No win, no fee promise
If you have been injured and someone else was to blame (even partially), our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making a corneal abrasion injury compensation claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my corneal abrasion injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my corneal abrasion injury claim?
If your corneal abrasion injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees . Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
How do personal injury solicitors get paid?
If your corneal abrasion injury claim is successful, the defendant, or their insurer, will pay the compensation and your solicitors fees.
How can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
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Corneal abrasion injury FAQ's
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make a corneal abrasion injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the corneal abrasion injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your corneal abrasion injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a corneal abrasion injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim corneal abrasion injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a corneal abrasion injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.