Eye injury compensation claims - Introduction

Updated: October 8, 2018

Over 120,000 people a year sustain eye injuries requiring medical attention. Around 50% of these injuries are sustained by individuals who are under 25 years old.

Recognising the impact that these injuries can have, both on an affected individual's daily life and their ability to work, the Courts award comparatively high compensation.

if your injury occurred as the result of someone else's negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

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Do I have a claim for an eye injury?

If you have suffered an eye injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

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Types of eye injury claim

Personal injury lawyers have secured compensation for individuals injured in a wide range of circumstances, including:

  • Blunt force trauma
  • Fractures or breaks of the facial bones - such as the orbital bone (eye socket)
  • Scratches and abrasions - to the eyelids, or surface of the eye
  • Lacerations or cuts
  • Foreign bodies entering the eye - such as grit, wood splinters or metal shavings
  • Chemical burns - from contact with products containing eye-irritant chemicals
  • Radiation burns - from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds
  • Medical negligence injury - negligence in medical diagnosis or treatment, surgical procedures, or post-surgery care resulting in eye injury.
  • Laser eye surgery negligence

You lawyer will arrange for you to attend an independent medical assessment to establish the nature, severity and likely future impact of your injury. The medical report produced from this assessment will be a key piece of evidence in support of your compensation claim.

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Determining liability

Your lawyer will assist you in gathering evidence to determine who is legally responsible for your injury. In addition to the medical report, this evidence may include witness statements or CCTV footage of the accident.

Lliability for eye Injury sustained in accidents

The party responsible for the accident will usually be held liable to pay compensation. In the case of a road traffic accident claim, the driver who caused the accident will be the party that the claim is made against. In these cases, the Defendant's insurance company will effectively be handling the case on their behalf.

If the accident was the result of a trip or slip claim on someone else's property, such as a supermarket accident, the owner or operator of the premises may be held liable.

You may start your claim even if you are not sure who is liable. Your lawyer will support you by gathering evidence to establish liability for your claim.

Lliability for employee eye Injury in the workplace

Your employer may be liable if your eye injury accident occurred in your workplace. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your employer has a legal duty of care to protect your health and safety at work.

One of the most significant cases in personal injury law, Paris v Stepney Borough Council [1950] UKHL, concerned an employee who sustained an eye injury after their employer supplied inadequate personal protective equipment. The House of Lords decision significantly affected the law relating to the duty of care an employer owes to employees.

If your employer breaches the duty of care they owe, such as by failing to provide protective goggles, your employer may be held liable.

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How is my compensation calculated?

Eye injury compensation settlements reflect the severity of the injury. Damages are intended to compensate for the overall financial and personal impact of your eye injury.

Given the various serious impact eye injuries have, Court awards can be significant. The Judicial College guidelines that Courts, insurers and solicitors use to estimate compensation recommend awards from £2,900 to £6,400 for a minor eye injury, up to £197,500 for total blindness.

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No Win, No Fee eye injury compensation claims

A No Win, No Fee agreement, referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), forms an important part of almost all injury claims.

The document explains the service delivered by your solicitor and, most significantly, a success fee. This success fee is the fee that will be taken from the compensation after the injury lawyer wins the case.

There will be absolutely no hidden fees when using a Quittance personal injury lawyer. You can prioritise your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that there will be absolutely nothing to pay at the outset.

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Calculate my eye injury compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims

Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.

Find out more about claiming eye injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)

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Accidents at work - Claims against your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim eye injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

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Meet our team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors help injured people with all types of personal injury claims, including fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Our solicitors are chosen for their knowledge and expertise and their track record in winning cases.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Emma Bell Employers and Public Liability Panel Solicitor
Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
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.

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