A Guide To Eye Injury Claims

By Megan Cullen. Last Updated 24th June 2024. Welcome to this eye injury claims guide. In it, we look at reasons you might be looking to make an eye injury compensation claim.

Whether you’re looking into how much compensation for an eye injury caused by an irritant could be payable, or want to make a loss of sight compensation claim for a severe eye injury at work in the UK, this guide could help you.

Even a minor head injury can significantly reduce your ability to see and go about your life as normal. Even if this effect was only for a short period of time, the impact on you could be big.

As a result, even lesser injuries can be awarded a significant eye injury settlement amount. Whether you suffered an eye injury in an accident at work such as an office workplace accident, or in other circumstances, as long as you can show that someone else’s negligence caused the accident to happen, you could claim compensation. Contact our advisors today to learn more by:

A man wearing a patch over one eye.

Select A Section

Compensation Claim Amounts For An Eye Injury

If you make a successful eye injury compensation claim, you will be awarded compensation. A payout would address the ways in which your eye injuries have affected you. It can be split into up to two heads of loss, the first of which is called general damages, which is awarded to all successful claimants.

This head seeks to address the physical pain and psychological suffering you experience because of your eye injuries.

Your medical evidence might be used for guidance on the compensation you are awarded. Those doing the calculations could also check out the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), as this document lists compensation guidelines for different types of injuries.

We have created a table using some of the JCG figures. If you are interested in how much compensation for loss of sight in one eye in the UK you could get, for example, this table offers some guidance. However, it is only a guide. Additionally, the top line is not taken from the JCG.

Type Of InjuryCommentsAmount
Several Serious Injuries And Special DamagesCompensation for injuries and special damages, which could include loss of earnings as a result of losing the ability to work for the remainder of your life.Up to £1,000,000+
Total BlindnessThe person has become completely blind.In the region of £493,000
Loss of Sight In One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye (i)Going beyond the risk of sympathetic ophthalmia, there is a significant risk of the remaining eye's sight deteriorating.£117,150 to £219,400
Loss of Sight In One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye (ii)The eye suffers with double vision or reduced vision.£78,040 to £129,330
Total Loss of One EyeHow much is awarded will be affected by the person's age, cosmetic effect and psychiatric consequences.£66,920 to £80,210
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye (e)The higher end of this bracket is applicable to cases where there is scarring in the eye region.£60,130 to £66,920
Injuries Affecting Sight (f)Cases where there is no
significant risk of any loss or reduction of vision in the remaining eye. Also includes cases where there is persistent double vision.
£28,900 to £48,040
Injuries Affecting Sight (g)Cases where there is a minor loss of vision in one or both eyes that is expected to be permanent.£11,120 to £25,600

What Are Special Damages In An Eye Injury Claim?

Special damages form the second head of claim and aims to recover the financial losses inflicted by eye injuries. When you consider how much eye damage or a long-term sight issue could have on you, the special damages element of compensation for an eye injury could be much greater than general damages compensation.

If you want to seek special damages, collect payslips, receipts or invoices that show costs such as:

  • Lost earnings, which may be especially relevant if your eye injuries prevent you from going back to work at all.
  • The cost of your eye treatment.
  • Travel expenses for going to and from eye appointments.
  • Fees for equipment you need due to your eye injury, such as corrective lenses.

However, since special damages are not always awarded, it is beneficial to provide evidence of the financial losses you wish to claim for. This could include payslips, invoices and bank statements.

By calling the number above, you can find out more about compensation awarded for a successful eye injury claim. Discuss your case with our advisors to get an idea of what effects of an eye injury you could get compensation for.

Who Could Make Eye Injury Claims?

There are various daily situations where you could suffer an eye injury. However, in order to form the basis of a valid eye injury claim, you must be able to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care. 
  • There was a breach in this duty. 
  • This breach resulted in your eye injury. 

A duty of care is a responsibility that a third party holds for others’ health and safety and can vary depending on the situation. For example, you may be owed a duty of care:

  • On the roads: Road users owe each other a duty of care to navigate in a way that prevents injury and damage to themselves and others. As part of this duty, they should comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code. 
  • At work: Employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA).  This means that your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe at work.
  • In public: While you are in public spaces, such as shopping centres, parks or gyms, the controller of the space owes you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This means that they must take steps to ensure your reasonable safety. 

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria for personal injury compensation, get in touch with an advisor from our team. Or, read on to learn more about the eye injury compensation claims process.

Common Causes Of Eye Injuries

As previously mentioned, in order to be eligible to make a claim for eye injury compensation, you will need to demonstrate that your injury was caused by another relevant party breaching the duty of care they owed you.

There are various types of accidents that could lead to eye injury claims. These include:

  • Lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – for example, if you work with dangerous chemicals, you may be required to wear goggles for your safety. If your employer failed to provide you with these, the chemicals or their fumes could get into your eyes, and you could become blind.
  • Car Accidents – If you are involved in a head-on collision, this could result in the windowscreen smashing, and glass could get into your eyes.
  • Assaults – For example, you may suffer an injury to your eye after being assaulted at work due to your employer failing to take reasonable measures after making them aware that a colleague had been threatening you.

To check the eligibility of your specific case, you can contact our advisors. They could also provide you with information about eye injury payouts for UK based claims.

What Is The Time Limit For Eye Injury Claims?

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for eye injury compensation, you will need to ensure that you start proceedings within the relevant time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 states that you will have three years to start your claim from the date of the accident that injured you.

However, there are certain exceptions to this time limit. For example, the limitation period is suspended indefinitely for those who lack the mental capacity to make their own claim. During this time, a court-appointed litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. If the injured party were to regain this mental capacity and a claim has not been made, they will have three years from the date of recovery to start one.

The time limit is frozen for those under the age of 18. From their 18th birthday, they will have three years to start a claim. However, before this date, a court-appointed litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf.

If you have any questions about the limitation period for eye injury claims or regarding personal injury compensation claim amounts, please don’t hesitate to contact our advisors.

Eye Injury Claims – Examples Of Evidence

Eye injury claims can only be successful with eye damage evidence along with proof that the duty of care you were owed was breached. For example, your medical records could be presented if you attended medical appointments following eye damage.

Regardless of whether the eye damage occurred at work or in a public place, there are items that could support your claim for eye injury compensation.

Evidence examples for eye injury claims:

  • Witness contact details. A statement could be taken later on.
  • Photographs of the injury and/or the scene where it occurred.
  • CCTV footage.
  • Dashcam, doorbell, or mobile phone footage.

Call our advisors for further evidence examples along with a free eye injury compensation value estimate.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For An Eye Injury?

If you are eligible to claim eye injury compensation, you may wish to instruct a solicitor to help with the claims process. If so, one of the personal injury solicitors from our panel could support your claim. They offer their services under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement. 

If your personal injury solicitor works with you under a CFA, they won’t take an upfront payment to start working on your claim, and there also won’t be any ongoing costs. Furthermore, following an unsuccessful claim, your solicitor won’t ask you to pay for their services.

However, if your claim is successful, your solicitor will subtract a success fee from your compensation. This amount is taken as a small percentage that is subject to a legal cap. 

Direct any questions you may have about eye injury payouts in the UK to one of the advisors from our team. They can evaluate your claim for free, and if you satisfy the eligibility requirements for a personal injury claim, you could be connected with one of the solicitors from our panel. 

To learn more about eye injury claims:

  • Fill in our ‘contact us’ form and an advisor will call you back. 
  • Connect using our live webchat. 
  • Call 0161 696 9685

Additional Resources And Advice On Eye Injury Claims

Other Useful Compensation Guides

Although we have aimed to provide guidance on how much compensation for an eye injury at work in the UK, and other eye injury claims, we understand you may still have questions.

Please contact us at the number above if you need any further assistance with your eye injury compensation claim.