The eye is a complex and brilliant optical system. With two fully functioning eyes, you can gauge depth of field, view life in brilliant colour, judge distance and speed, and co-ordinate the rest of your body for complex motor tasks like sporting activity. While incredibly complex, the eye is also quite fragile, which makes eye injury serious even in the most seemingly minor of accidents.
How Do Eye Injuries Happen?
Luckily, the majority of eye injuries are minor, often appearing as scratches, cuts, or eye irritation; often caused by impact, or external irritants. Under these circumstances, victims may suffer from blurred vision, in one or both eyes, and this may be accompanied by irritation and pain; but the symptoms usually resolve themselves. Compensation for injuries of this kind tend to be between £2,500 – £5,500.
For some, the consequences can be much worse. Some injuries can leave victims blinded, or can cause permanent, or partial vision loss. In severe cases, victims may even need an eye to be removed. The causes can include:
- Burns from fire, or flame proximity
- High speed impact from small projectiles
- Electric Shock
- Chemical contact
- Grit or other particles
- Head trauma
- Air bag defects
- Laser eye surgery complications
The severity and circumstances of the injury will largely dictate the amount of compensation received, but generally, if your vision is seriously and permanently affected in one eye, a compensation settlement can range from £5,500 – £25,000.
Where permanent, total blindness occurs in one eye, an eye injury compensation claim can attract up to £35,000, whilst permanent, total blindness in both eyes can see compensation awarded of up to £173,000.
Our Eye Injury Claims Experience
Our expert personal injury solicitors are well versed in pursuing our clients’ cases to the full extent of the law, ensuring that they are awarded the compensation they deserve; so that they may purchase much needed visual aids, and supportive equipment, to live their lives to the full.
The specifics of each eye injury case vary in detail; some suffer as a result of an accident at work; some are exposed to hazardous chemicals or substances, others are injured in car accidents… the causes are wide and varied; whilst the blame may lie with employers, individuals or service providers. Whatever the circumstances, where an eye injury could have been avoided, we work to support our clients, by providing first class legal advice, and additional support, to help them with the entirety of the situation.
Due to the wealth of experience we can provide, we explore complicated claims, ensuring that no stone goes unturned. Our solicitors will have overseen a case like yours in the past, so they can focus on the most important medical and evidential matters from the outset, ensuring the greatest possible outcome for your eye injury claim.
Eye Injury Resources
Our comprehensive guide to addressing accidents at work, called Workplace Accidents – The Occupational Hazard, details all types of common claims from falls to electric shocks to hearing loss, alongside remarkable statistics on their occurrence.
Whatever your case, we’re here to help. We understand that the detrimental effects on victims are not just physical, but that it can also cause financial difficulties where time is taken off work. The resulting stress can also elicit psychological consequences. Victims find it hard to come forward with their eye injury claims, so we do everything we possibly can to make the process as easy, and as straightforward, as possible. You need to be quick in making claims of this kind however, as there are legal time limits in place.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your case for eye injury compensation. We have a variety of options available that will help you; and we will aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing any resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible.
Here at Asons Solicitors, we deal with claims like this on a regular basis. So if you are suffering as a result of an eye injury that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to make a claim.