This guide will provide you with guidance regarding potential eye injury claim amounts. We will look at when compensation could be claimed following road traffic accidents, accidents in public places and accidents in the workplace.
Furthermore, we’ll address how eye injury compensation settlements are valued and the kinds of damages that a compensation award could be made up of.
In addition to this, we will look at the advantages of using a solicitor to make a claim. As well as this, we will look at the advantages of a No Win No Fee agreement.
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- Is There A Time Limit When Making Personal Injury Claims?
- Evidence That Could Help You Make An Eye Injury Claim
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Eye injury claim amounts could be made up of two heads of claim. General damages is one of these heads of claim. This head of claim relates to the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that your injuries have caused you.
Below, we have included a list of relevant injuries and the corresponding guideline brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a tool that is used by legal professionals to help them value compensation claims.
Guideline Compensation Brackets
Injury Severity Value Notes
Injuries affecting sight Total loss of sight and hearing In the region of £403,990 Considered amongst the most devastating injuries.
Total loss of sight In the region of £268,720 Injuries causing total loss of sight.
Sight loss in one eye with reduced vision in the remaining eye (i) £95,990 to £179,770 Serious risk of further worsening in the remaining eye.
Sight loss in one eye with reduced vision in the remaining eye (ii) £63,950 to £105,990 Reduced vision in the other eye and/or problems like double vision.
Total loss of one eye £54,830 to £65,710 Award will depend on age, mental impact and cosmetic affect.
Complete loss of sight in one eye (e) £49,270 to £54,830 Upper end bracket is appropriate where there is scarring that doesn't merit a separate award.
Loss of sight in one eye (f) £23,680 to £39,340 Incomplete loss of vision in one eye without significant risk to remaining eye.
Complete loss of sight in one eye (g) £9,110 to £20,980 Minor but permanent impairment of vision in one or both eyes.
Minor eye injuries £3,950 to £8,730 Minor injuries occur causing pain and temporary interference with vision.
Transient eye injuries £2,200 to £3,950 Injuries will have recovered within a few weeks.
Special damages is the head of claim that can reimburse you for the financial losses caused by your injuries. This could include:
- Travel costs to and from medical appointments
- Medical care that you have had to pay for
- Loss of income if you were unable to work
You must provide evidence to support the claim, such as a receipt to show the money you have spent or a payslip demonstrating the wages you have lost. An advisor from our team can offer free legal advice on the evidence that could be suitable.
As with all personal injury claims, you must be able to prove that the injury was caused by third-party negligence in order to be awarded compensation. In order to prove third-party negligence, you must be able to show that:
- The third party had a duty of care towards you.
- They breached the duty of care.
- This breach of duty caused your injury.
Accidents In A Public Place
Members of the public are owed a duty of care while using a public space. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines the duty of care they are owed. This act states that those in control of public spaces need to ensure the reasonable safety of those who use the space.
Here are some examples of accidents that could entitle you to claim:
- You have an accident in a shop because you slip and fall on a spill that was not signposted in a reasonable timeframe, causing you to fracture your cheekbone and injure your eye.
- You’re involved in accident in a supermarket where you are hit in the eye by an object that falls from an incorrectly stocked shelf.
- You fall from a height down a flight of stairs due to a faulty handrail, and you fracture your eye socket causing damage to your sight.
Road Traffic Accidents
Every road user has a duty of care towards all other road users. This duty is covered under the Road Traffic Act 1988; meanwhile, the Highway Code sets out rules and guidelines for proper road conduct.
Here are some examples of how your eye could be injured on the road:
- If you have been involved in a head-on collision because the other driver swerved into your lane, which meant that your eye was pierced by a piece of broken glass
- If you have been involved in a T-bone collision where you sustained a passenger injury because another driver emerged onto a roundabout when it wasn’t safe to do so, this could result in your head colliding with the steering wheel, fracturing your eye socket and injuring your eye
- You’re involved in a cycling accident where you’re knocked from your bike because a driver swerved into the cycle lane. As a result, you sustain an eye injury alongside a head injury
Accidents At Work
Every employer has a duty of care towards their employees; this is outlined under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This act states that an employer must take reasonable steps to prevent injury to their employees.
Below are some examples of how an injury could happen because of a breach of this duty:
- If you are using a power tool that could launch a stray missile into your eye and your employer has failed to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) eyewear, this could result in you suffering from a corneal abrasion.
- If you work on a building site and a piece of equipment being transported has not been properly secured, you could be hit by a moving object that has caused severe fracturing of the eye socket.
- If your employer has failed to correctly label a hazardous chemical, some comes into contact with your eye, causing an eye injury at work.
If you would like further guidance about eye injury claim amounts, speak with a member of our team today.
Following an accident, you may be left wondering what the injury claim time limit is. Generally speaking, the time limit is three years from the date of the accident, this is provided by the Limitation Act 1980. However, there are exceptions.
For example, if an injured person lacked the mental capacity to claim for themselves, they would be capable of claiming through the use of a litigation friend. A litigation friend is an adult appointed by the court to act on behalf, and in the best interest, of the claimant.
There would be no claim time limit unless the person regained mental capacity. If no litigation friend was used, the three year window would start from the date of recovery.
Similar exceptions apply to those who were under 18 when the incident occurred. Speak with a member of our team today for free legal advice about pursuing eye injury claim amounts; they may also be able to connect you with a lawyer from our panel.
Evidence is an important factor proving third-party negligence. It can strengthen your claim. Here are some examples of evidence you might want to collect:
- CCTV footage. You can request CCTV footage in which you appear.
- Keep an updated diary of your treatment and symptoms.
- Obtain medical records.
- Fill out the accident at work book.
- Take photographs of your injury and the accident site.
- Note down any contact details of potential witnesses so that they can give a statement.
For further guidance on evidence that could be useful in an eye injury claim, speak with an advisor today.
The No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel work under a kind of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement. The basis of this agreement is that you will generally not owe your solicitor any money should your claim fail.
Furthermore, you will not typically be charged for any upfront legal fees. During the claim, your lawyer won’t usually charge you for the work that they do.
In the event of a successful claim, a small portion of your compensation will be deducted from your settlement. This is known as the success fee. The success fee is legally capped and mutually agreed before the start of the claim.
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If you have more questions about eye injury claim amounts, you can follow the links below:
More information regarding how to claim compensation for a pedestrian crossing accident.
Learn more about hand injury claims.
A guide on how to find personal injury solicitors.
Further reading on eye injuries or problems.
More information relating to employer risk assessments.
Government advice on statutory sick pay (SSP)
Writer Matthew Wright
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