Eye Injury Lawyers for Sight Loss and Vision Impairment Claims
Have you suffered an eye injury and wish to seek compensation? Our eye injury lawyers are ready to help you make a claim.
Sight is arguably the most important of our senses. Without it, most daily tasks become considerably more difficult if not impossible. That’s why an eye injury can have such a devastating impact. Particularly if the injury involves partial or total sight loss.
As they are so sensitive, eyes are one of the most easily damaged parts of a body. Damage suffered can cause permanent or temporary loss of sight and partial or total blindness, which can have life-changing consequences.
For free advice from a fully qualified eye injury lawyer then please get in touch by completing the enquiry form, or call 0800 0747 644 and find out if you are entitled to make a claim.
Who can make an Eye Injury Compensation Claim?
Any serious injury that’s been caused by the negligent actions of someone else has the potential to give rise to a compensation claim.
If you’ve experienced an eye injury as a result of an accident, a misdiagnosis or from medical negligence then it’s likely we can help. Once liability has been established, our eye injury lawyers will help you to build your claim by establishing facts about your life before and after the accident.
How much compensation is paid out for eye injuries?
Eye injuries are often painful both physically and psychologically. We never underestimate the challenges you will face. You might have to take time off work and pay for travel, prescriptions or treatment and there are likely to be emotional and psychological impacts too.
Depending on the severity of the eye injury, compensation payouts range between £1,620 and £214,00 for injuries involving minor discomfort in the eye area to the most serious eye injuries that cause permanent blindness in both eyes.
Every claim is considered according to the individual circumstances of the accident. The amount you can claim will depend on several factors. Payouts are generally based on a combination of a figure related to the extent of your injury, the mental and emotional repercussions and the direct financial losses you have incurred as a result.
An eye injury lawyer will assess all of these factors with you to determine the correct amount of compensation.
Eye injury compensation can pay for:
- Loss of income
- Private healthcare treatment
- Psychological therapy
- Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)
- Household adaptations
Eye Injury caused by an accident at work
Under the Health and Safety Act 1974 employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees.
This includes identifying workplace risks and putting safety measures in place to prevent risks becoming a reality. If your work environment is not safe for any reason, then you are at risk of injuries that could have been avoided.
Your employer is required to provide appropriate safety equipment such as eye goggles, adequate training and safe well maintained equipment. If this is not the case your employer may be liable for your injuries.
If you have suffered an injury at work, which was not your fault, simply get in touch with us today on 0800 0747 644 or complete an online form and we will provide a free, no-obligation assessment of your potential work accident claim.
Eye Injuries caused by Clinical Negligence
Procedures involving the eyes are particularly complex and even the slightest of mistakes can have a devastating impact on the individual involved, and their families.
If the surgery is not performed properly, it can cause considerable problems with eyesight. Our eye injury lawyers have experience claiming compensation for eye injuries due to medical negligence in situations including:
- Misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis
- Mistakes with a prescription
- Sub-standard laser eye surgery
- A delay in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma
- Sub-standard cataract eye surgery
- Mis-management of a foreign body in eye
If an error is made as a result of incompetence or lack of training, it can leave you and your family facing huge challenges, wanting answers, and justice.
At Grieves Solicitors, we have a dedicated team of Medical Lawyers who will help you find answers, no matter what has befallen you as a result of negligence on the part of your GP, a consultant or the hospital at large (whether a private hospital or NHS).
Eye injury compensation claims on a no win no fee basis
We will investigate your claim on a no win no fee basis. There are no up-front charges to pay whatsoever.
We’ll look to understand what caused the injury, analyse any effects it has had on your life since the injury and help you recover eye injury compensation.
Our fees are deducted from the compensation you are awarded. In accordance with government rules we deduct anywhere up to 25% from your final award to cover the costs of fighting for, and winning, your compensation.
There may also be a deduction for insurance to protect you against any costs you may be ordered to pay. In the event that your case isn’t successful, the costs will be fully covered by the insurance policy designed to protect you.
The first step is to gather all the evidence to support your claim. This includes medical records, witness statements, photographs and video and records of any expenses incurred. We will then be able to advise you whether you have a case to bring or not.
Causes of eye injuries
Due to the eyes being so susceptible to damage, many situations can cause a serious injury. We have helped many people who have suffered damage for the following reasons:
Violent attacks or assaults – this is a common cause of eye injuries. The eye can be damaged if a person has been struck with a hard object like a baseball bat, rock, or fist. This can cause damage to the eye, eyelids, and muscles or bones that surround the eye.
Chemicals – certain chemicals can cause real damage if they come into contact with the soft tissue of the eye. Those who work with or around dangerous chemicals are most at risk, but a chemical burn can occur at any time.
Bright lights – whether it’s a quick flash or prolonged exposure, light from lasers, explosions or defective electrical objects can cause serious eye injuries. The intense light produced when welding can cause inflammation of the cornea known as ‘arc eye’. Other causes of arc-eye are directly looking at:
- The sun.
- A tanning salon lamp
- Halogen lamp
- Photographer’s flood lamp.
- The reflection of the sun off snow or water.
You should seek medical advice if you are experiencing symptoms such as:
- Mild pressure or intense pain in the eyes.
- Abnormal sensitivity to light or being unable to look at a light source.
- Abnormal watering of the eyes.
- Feeling as if there is dust or grit in your eye.
- Reddening of the eye and surrounding membranes.
If you were not provided with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), or adequate training and this led to your eye injury, please get in touch with our personal injury compensation team today for legal advice.
Head trauma – any type of head trauma can potentially lead to loss of sight. Those who have been involved in a road traffic accident or accident at work and have sustained a head trauma may experience loss of sight.
Cuts or scratches – a stick, a finger, a shard of glass, grit, stones or splinters can cause serious injuries to eyes. They can happen anywhere at work, at home or in a public place such as a supermarket, school or park. If you work with machinery such as grinders, saws etc. or around grit or glass you are especially at risk. If your employer does not provide you with safety goggles and your eye gets injured, you could be eligible for compensation.
If your eyesight has been negatively affected by an accident that was caused by someone else, and this took place in the last three years, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Types of eye damage
Damage to the eye varies and, in extreme cases, can cause long-term conditions affecting one or both of the eyes.
The most common damage includes:
- Eye pain
- Visual impairment
- Corneal abrasions
- Light sensitivity
- Vision that deteriorates over time
- Blurred vision
- Traumatic retinal detachment
- Diabetic retinopathy
Contact us today
Our experienced and professional team understand how life-changing eye damage can be, and we are focused on getting our clients the compensation they deserve. Making a claim is one way of dealing with the financial issues which follow being forced out of work or the requirement of long-term medical treatment.
With over 20 years of experience, Grieves Solicitors are a leading practice of Serious Injury Solicitors in Huddersfield.
We’re proud of our friendly and professional service, our excellent record of success and the settlement amounts we have secured for our clients.
We regularly act for clients on serious injury claims across Yorkshire including Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Brighouse and Rochdale.
Our team of experienced Eye Injury Lawyers can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland. We serve clients across the UK.
Contact Grieves Solicitors today by calling 0800 0747 644. Alternatively, submit an online form to hear back from one of our team at a later date.