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Eye Injury Compensation Claims
We rely most heavily on our vision for everything that is essential to our lives. This is what makes an eye injury one of the most devastating and life-changing injuries one can go through, especially if it was the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault. If this is the case for either you or a loved one, then Smith Jones Solicitors are here to help you obtain rehabilitation, support, and claim compensation for your injuries.
Eye injuries can occur as a result of a variety of different accidents, ranging from relatively minor injuries like cuts and scrapes to more severe injuries. These can, unfortunately, result in partial or full blindness, eye diseases, permanently skewed vision or even loss of the eye itself. Smith Jones has advised injured people in relation to many eye injuries, including:
- Cuts and deep lacerations
- Blunt force trauma
- Fractures to the orbital bone (eye socket)
- Medical negligence injuries (such as negligence in medical diagnosis or treatment, surgical procedures, or post-surgery care)
- Impaired vision in one or both eyes
- Loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Loss of eye due to an accident
- Laser corrective surgery that went wrong
- Injuries resulting from an industrial accident or disease
An eye injury can be caused in a variety of accidents, the most common ones being accidents at work (especially construction, dangerous machinery and farming), firework displays and playground accidents. These injuries can take the victim anywhere between a couple of weeks to an entire lifetime to recover. If you have suffered an eye injury after an accident that wasn’t your fault, then the team at Smith Jones can help you claim the compensation you deserve. To speak to one of our advisers call 0800 195 95 90
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
Loss of Sight Claims
Proving liability will be one of the first steps we take after understanding how your accident occurred. We will also help you collect the required evidence to determine who is legally responsible for your injury. After a medical report has been obtained, evidence will include witness statements together with possible police reports, mobile camera or CCTV footage of the accident and/or expert testimony. Ensuring all evidence is correctly documented as early as possible is one of the main reasons to contact a solicitor as soon as you can after your eye injury occurred.
Who pays my eye injury compensation?
The person or organisation responsible for your accident will be liable to pay the eye injury compensation which includes elements of your rehabilitation, as well as any damages which have arisen as a result of the accident that caused your injury. The defendant’s insurance company is usually the party making this payment. In the scenario of a road traffic accident, the driver who caused the accident will be liable, but the motor insurance provider will pay the compensation award.
If the accident was caused by a trip or slip on someone else’s property, such as a supermarket accident, then the owner or operator of the premises will be liable for your damages. Claims can be brought even if you are unsure about who the responsible party is. It is our job to support you by gathering the evidence which confirms who is the responsible party is for your accident and therefore is subsequently liable for your claim.
If your eye injury occurred in your place of work, then your employer may be liable for your damages. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your employer has a legal duty of care to protect your health and ensure your safety at work.
One of the most significant cases in the history of personal injury law was related to a workplace eye injury (Paris v Stepney Borough Council – 1950). The case concerned an employee who sustained an eye injury. The claimant was a garage-hand and personal protective equipment was only provided to welders or tool grinders. The resultant House of Lords decision went on to significantly affect the law relating to the duty of care an employer owes to the people who work for them. If an employer breaches the duty of care for their employees, such as a failure to provide adequate safety equipment, then they may be held liable.
Eye Injury Compensation Amounts
Compensation amounts vary and are dependent on the extent of the injuries you have sustained. The resultant rewarded or negotiated damages are intended to compensate for the overall financial and personal impact of an eye injury. Court awards for eye injuries are usually significant, reflecting the serious impact they have on those who unfortunately suffer with them. The Judicial College guidelines which the Courts, insurers, and solicitors use to estimate compensation recommend awards from £3,460 to £7,650 for a minor eye injury, and up to £354,260 for total blindness (excluding other damages such as loss of earnings).