By Max Misoka. Last updated 23rd June 2022. 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.
After all, if you have suffered from an eye injury that was caused by the negligence of someone else, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
How Much Compensation For An Eye Injury Could Be Claimed?
Whilst eye injury claims are relatively common, a large number of the claims we see are for less serious levels of injury. Any injury to your eyes could seriously impact both your ability to work and your private life.
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.
Our advice for victims of eye injuries is set out below.
Select A Section
- A Guide To Eye Injury Claims
- What Are Eye Injury Claims?
- How Much Compensation For An Eye Injury?
- How Much Compensation Do You Get For Losing An Eye Or Loss Of Sight?
- Eye Injury Claims – What Else Can You Claim For?
- Common Reason For Making An Eye Injury Claim
- Scratches And Abrasions To The Cornea
- Injuries Caused By A Penetrating Foreign Body
- Chemical Burns
- Blows To Your Eye And Swelling
- Damage To The Eyes Caused By Sun Lamps Or Radiation
- When To Seek Treatment For An Eye Injury
- Eye Injury Claims For Workplace Accidents
- Preventative Measures In The Workplace
- How Much Time Do I Have To Make An Eye Injury Claim?
- How To Make Eye Injury Claims
- Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For An Eye Injury?
- How Our Advisors And Experts Can Help You Make An Eye Injury Compensation Claim
- Call Our Experts Today About Making An Eye Injury Compensation Claim
- Additional Resources And Advice About Eye Injury Claims
In this guide, we aim to provide you with all of the advice you need to feel confident about contacting a personal injury solicitor to make an eye injury claim.
We will look at everything you need to know if you’re wondering ‘how much is an eye worth?’ and do when considering a personal injury claim for an accident at work, or elsewhere.
We will also look at what you need to do if you have been injured and how you start a compensation claim. We also address and answer frequently asked questions such as ‘how much is an eye injury worth?’ by providing examples of eye injury payouts.
Lastly, we will take you through the benefits of making your claim through a No Win No Fee solicitor.
Put very simply, an eye injury includes any injury affecting your eye. For the purposes of a personal injury claim, this refers to the eye socket, the ligaments, and muscles which control the movement of the eye and the eyeball itself. Your eye injury could be caused by trauma such as a being penetrated by a foreign object, exposure to a chemical substance or UV radiation, or simple blunt force trauma.
You can make eye injury compensation claims for a variety of different types of injuries caused in a multitude of circumstances. However, you must be able to prove negligence. We will explore this further in the guide.
Compensation Payouts in Eye Injury Claims for 2022
In eye injury claims, the potential compensation amount you could receive depends on many factors. Your final payout may include two heads of claim. One of the heads of claim is called general damages. This compensation is for the way in which the injury has impacted your quality of life. It is partly measured by aspects including the pain and suffering caused and whether any permanent or life changing health issues were caused.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) sets out guideline compensation amounts that correspond to a variety of injuries. The amounts are often used by solicitors and lawyers to help determine how much compensation you could receive.
These figures have been taken from the latest guidelines, published in April 2022. Please remember that these figures are not guarantees as every claim is unique.
|Type Of Injury||Settlement||Comments|
|Total blindness||In the region of|
|Loss of sight in one eye (f)||£23,680 to £39,340||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.
|Loss of sight in one eye (g)||£9,110 to £20,980||Cases where there is a minor loss of vision in one or both eyes. Expected to be permanent.|
|Minor eye injury||£3,950 to £8,730||There are a diverse range of injuries contained in this ‘minor’ category.|
|Transient Eye Injuries||£2,200 to £3,950||Such injuries would be expected to be heeled in just a few weeks.|
You may want to use an online calculator to determine your potential compensation figure. However, they are not always the most accurate. Our advisors can provide you with a free consultation to give you a more accurate estimate of how much you could receive from eye injury claims. They can also determine your claim eligibility. Please contact our team using the above details.
What Is The Average Eye Injury Compensation Awarded?
There are no average eye injury amounts as each settlement varies depending on factors unique to the specific case. For instance, medical evidence may be used to determine the severity of your injury and how badly it’s likely to affect your future quality of life.
For more information on what you could be owed as part of your eye injury compensation claim, call our team.
If you’re wondering how much an eye injury is worth, the figure will vary depending on severity. We have created a separate table that includes figures based on the Judicial College Guidelines for loss of sight injuries below.
|Type of Injury||Settlement||Comments|
|Total Loss of one eye||£54,830 to £65,710||How much compensation you get for losing an eye could depend on factors such as your age and any cosmetic injuries and scars.|
|Loss of sight in one eye, where there is reduced vision in the remaining eye.||£95,990 to £179,770||Eye injury payouts for the loss of sight in one eye are higher when there is also scarring present.|
As mentioned above, please use these figures as a guide only. They only refer to general damages which compensate for your physical and psychological injuries. They don’t refer to any additional financial losses that could be claimed under special damages.
For further advice on how much compensation you get for losing an eye, talk to an expert personal injury solicitor today.
Eye injury claims, as with any personal injury claim, revolve around proving that your injury was the result of third-party negligence. Compensation for an eye injury can vary as, should your claim be successful, your compensation could be made up from two separate heads of claim.
General damages compensates people for the pain and suffering caused by the injury. Factors that determine what you could receive include:
- How many injuries were caused. You could claim for multiple injuries if they were all caused by the same act of negligence.
- The extent of the injuries. Your doctor’s assessment of your injuries can be used as medical evidence when claiming.
- How badly the injuries have negatively impacted your life.
You can also claim back the financial losses caused by the injury in the form of special damages compensation. Potential losses that could contribute to your eye injury compensation include loss of earnings, travel expenses, home adjustments and care costs.
In order to claim for these losses, you would need sufficient evidence, such as receipts and invoices, to illustrate the full extent of the losses. To learn more about claiming, please contact us for a free consultation using the details above.
Whilst there are many ways in which your eye or eyes could be injured, there are circumstances which we see again and again having caused eye injuries. There are also types of eye injury that our team will see more often than others.
In the following few sections, we look at some of the most common forms of injury people make claims for.
Please note, that valid eye injury claims must demonstrate the following:
- You were owed a duty of care
- Someone breached the duty of care owed to you
- You sustained harm as a result
For more information on whether you’re eligible to seek eye injury compensation, call our team on the number above.
Scratches and abrasions of the cornea are one of the most common forms of eye injury. They can happen quite easily. One of the most common ways this happens is when a foreign body enters the eye and you rub it reflexively.
Cornea scratches can cause your eyes to become much more sensitive to light and we do recommend that you seek medical attention, rather than trying to care for your injury yourself.
Scratches to the cornea can have a large impact on your vision if they are immediately treated. Whilst your eye is recovering it is more susceptible to infections. If you have scratched your cornea because of someone else’s negligence, such as your employer failing to issue you with protective eyewear, you could make an eye injury compensation claim.
Talk to a personal injury solicitor today to discuss your legal options
This category of injury is very similar to that discussed above and penetrating foreign bodies will often the cause of scratches to the cornea. If a foreign body does penetrate one or both of your eyes you should seek medical care straight away.
Such injuries can have a serious impact on your vision if not treated as quickly as possible and could even cause the loss of sight in one eye (or both).
Injuries caused by a sharp object, such as metal, can cause you to lose your sight in serious cases. The impact of such injuries can be minimised and loss of sight could even be avoided if treatment is administered promptly.
Talk to our experts today to obtain advice about how to claim for a penetrating eye injury.
If you suffer a chemical burn to the eyes or are sprayed with a chemical substance, it vitally important that you get medical treatment as quickly as you can. The treatment you will need, how long it will take, and what recovery you can expect will depend on the specific substance that you come into contact with. You can find detailed information on acid and chemical burn injuries in this guide from the NHS.
The most important thing you can do is to get medical treatment as quickly as possible after exposure to the chemical substance and to tell paramedics or doctors what the substance was.
To discuss how much you can claim for an eye injury caused by exposure to a chemical substance, talk to a solicitor today. Alternatively, see our guide on permanent scar compensation claims if you have experienced a similar type of harm as a result of your eye injury.
A blow to your eye caused by blunt force trauma can cause a variety of injuries. You could suffer soft tissue injuries, such as bruising, around the eye and eye socket. Sufficiently hard impacts could also cause breaks and fractures of the eye socket. An orbital fracture (break of the eye socket) is commonly caused by a large impact.
Using a sun lamp or sunbed can be an easy way to get a or top up a tan. However, they can also cause a variety of different injuries. Among these are eye injuries. Exposure to radiation, such as to UV or ultraviolet light produced by some such devices can cause damage to the eyes. Users are always advised to wear the protective eye goggles which should be issued when using a UV tanning bed. Failure to be issued with these could lead to your vision being impacted.
If you have suffered this type of eye injury due to negligence, make a claim through our experienced team by contacting us today.
We are not a medical advice company and all such advice is taken from sources such as the NHS. we always recommend seeking medical treatment as promptly as possible. The NHS recommends that if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should visit your closest A&E department for urgent treatment.
- Eye pain which is severe or persistent.
- A foreign body
- Double vision or decreased vision.
- If you see flashing lights, halos or shadows or spots in your vision.
- Visible spots of blood in your eyes
- Irregularities in your pupil.
- Pain in your eye when exposed to brighter lights.
- Serious and deep cuts close to the eye.
- If your eye is protruding from the socket.
You can find your closest A&E department using this NHS tool.
Your employer has a legal obligation, as per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, to make sure that they take reasonable steps to prevent you from sustaining harm.
If your employer has failed to uphold their duty of care, you could be able to claim for an eye injury suffered as a result.
If you have suffered an eye injury in the workplace due to the negligence of your employer, we advise you to contact a specialist personal injury lawyer to help you through the process of making eye injury at work claims.
As highlighted in the previous section, employers owe their staff a duty of care to take any reasonable preventative measures to ensure their safety. However, accidents at work are not the only circumstance in which eye injuries happen.
When participating in leisure activities, or carrying out DIY, make sure that you always use any recommended protective equipment, such as eyewear.
Injuries such as cornea scratches can even be caused by the misapplication of contact lenses. Make sure that you follow their instructions to use safely and hygienically.
Eye injury claims need to be brought within the personal injury claims time limit in order to be valid.
Whilst there are instances in which this limit varies, generally, it will be three years from the date on which you were injured or the date you became aware that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to your injuries.
There are circumstances in which this varies and in some cases, it is possible for a court to extend the time limit.
For more information on the time limit for making an eye injury compensation claim, call our team.
In order for you to make a successful eye injury claim in the UK, you will need to show that someone else breached their duty of care, causing you to sustain harm.
Having evidence which can prove what happened to you, such as photos of your injury and the cause of it can go a long way towards helping you have a successful case.
If your accident happened at work report it to your employer and make sure it is recorded in the accident report book. This creates additional evidence. If another person, such as a colleague, saw your accident happen or the cause of it, ask if they are prepared to be a witness in your claim.
Contacting an experienced solicitor specialising in personal injury claims is also a good idea. They will be able to assess your injury and the circumstances in which they happened. They will be able to answer questions such as whether you have a strong claim and how much is the loss of an eye worth?
If someone else was liable for the accident that caused your injuries, you have evidence of your injuries and are bringing your claim within the applicable personal injury claims time limit, you may wish to fund your claim through a No Win No Fee agreement.
There are several benefits to hiring legal representation under a No Win No Fee agreement, such as not having to pay anything upfront for your solicitor to start working on your case.
A No Win No Fee agreement also means you don’t pay ongoing costs while your claim proceeds. Additionally, you won’t be asked to pay a success fee if your claim fails. This will be taken as a legally capped percentage if your claim is successful.
We understand that you have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a solicitor or company to handle your eye injury claim. So why choose Advice? Our team can offer you the following;
- No Win No Fee services.
- Experienced solicitors with knowledge of handling personal injury claims.
- Solicitors who can arrange for you to attend a local medical exam to help support your case.
If you’d like to begin your eye injury compensation claim, we could help. An advisor can provide further clarification on the steps you need to take to build a strong case. They can also offer a free valuation of your claim to provide an estimate of the compensation for an eye injury you could receive.
For more information, please get in touch on the following:
- Telephone: 0161 696 9685
- Online contact form: Fill out the contact form with your query and an advisor will call you back.
- Live chat: Speak with an advisor using the live chat function below.
FAQ On Eye Injury Claims And How Much Compensation For An Eye Injury You Could Receive
What could cause an eye injury at work in the UK?
We have explained some types of accident could lead to eye injuries previously in this guide, but if you’re wondering what the most common causes of workplace accidents could be, we can look at the HSE statistics for 2020-21. Below, you can see in the graph that while slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common cause of accidents, violent acts also play a part in the top few causes of work injury. If you have been assaulted at work and lost your vision due to such an act, you could be eligible to claim compensation, even if the loss of sight isn’t permanent.
How long does a hit to the eye take to heal?
The recovery time for eye injuries will vary depending on the specific nature of your injury. For instance, you may face a longer recovery if there are any complications, such as an infection in the eye, or a corneal abrasion gets infected.
How is an injury claim calculated?
If you’re wondering how much compensation for eye injury you could receive, you might want to take note that alongside the compensation for pain and suffering you could receive, you could claim for special damages such as loss of earnings, care costs and medical expenses.
NHS Advice On Eye Injury Claims
Advice and recommendations on how to treat and deal with eye injuries.
Read the above guide to find out whether you’re eligible to make an accident at work claim.
See the guide above for information on reporting your accident.
Read our guide if you sustained your eye injury as a result of a hairdresser cutting you.
The guide above looks at the time limit to making a workplace accident claim in more detail.
Visit the above guide to find out how much compensation you could claim on behalf of someone else in a wrongful death claim.
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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 get in touch on the number above if you need any further assistance making your eye injury compensation claim.