If you’ve suffered an eye injury due to someone else’s negligence, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help. We are on hand to provide you with expert legal support and advice every step of the way. For a consultation about claiming eye injury compensation, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can freephone us 24/7 on 0800 916 9046 or fill out our online contact form.
Slater and Gordon fully appreciate how important your wellbeing is - especially when it comes to your eye health. Your eyes are extremely delicate and vulnerable, and if something happens to this part of your body, the impact can be life-changing. If you suffer an eye injury where someone else was either partly or fully to blame, you can trust us to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Who can claim eye injury compensation?
If you’ve suffered an eye injury and someone else was either fully or partly to blame, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. You can make a claim if your injury has affected any part of your eye, whether it’s the lens, retina, cornea, pupil or the eyelid or eye socket.
Regardless of whether your injuries are minor or severe, you may be entitled to take legal action. For example, you could be entitled to compensation if:
- You’ve suffered a minor eye injury that has lasted a few weeks with no permanent symptoms
- You’ve suffered a minor eye injury that has caused initial pain and temporary vision problems
- You’ve suffered permanent vision problems in one eye but not complete loss of vision
- You’ve suffered blindness in one or both eyes
What can cause an eye injury?
Eye injuries can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes include:
- Blunt force trauma
- Lacerations or cuts
- Scratches and abrasions, such as to the eyelid or surface of the eye
- Foreign bodies in the eye, including wood splinters, metal shavings or grit
- Fractures or breaks of the facial bones, such as the eye socket
- Chemical burns, including contact with products containing eye-irritant ingredients
- Radiation burns, such as exposure to UV light on a tanning bed
- Medical negligence, including lack of proper care and attention during diagnosis, treatment, surgical procedures or post-surgery care
- Laser eye surgery negligence
What evidence is needed to determine who is responsible?
If you decide to pursue a claim, your solicitor will assist you in collecting evidence to determine who is legally responsible for your eye injury. This evidence will include your medical records, any witness statements from individuals who may have been present when the injury took place and any CCTV footage of the accident if it’s available.
What happens if the accident occurs at work?
If your accident takes place at work, your employer may be liable for your eye injury. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your employer has a duty of care to protect your health, safety and wellbeing while you’re at work. For example, if necessary, they should provide you with protective eyewear, such as goggles. If your employer breaches their duty of care, they could be held responsible if you suffer an injury.
What can be claimed for?
It’s important to note that every eye injury claim is unique. The compensation you receive will depend on a variety of factors surrounding your injury and individual circumstances. However, there are two main areas in which you may be able to claim compensation. These are:
Pain and suffering
You may be able to claim compensation for the pain and suffering your eye injury causes. The amount you are awarded will depend on the nature of the eye problem, how much pain it causes you, your symptoms and how long the symptoms last. How the injury affects your ability to enjoy life will also be taken into consideration.
It may also be possible to claim for any financial losses you have suffered as a result of your eye injury. This can include costs such as medical expenses, travel expenses, rehabilitation expenses and loss of earnings.
How do I make a claim?
To make an eye injury claim, you can start by getting in touch with our personal injury solicitors at Slater and Gordon. Regardless of the details surrounding your injury, we’re on hand to offer you the help and advice you need. Even if you’re not entirely sure you’re eligible to make a claim, you can discuss your situation with one of our experts and we’ll help you to determine if you’re able to seek compensation.
How Slater and Gordon can help?
Slater and Gordon put clients first. If you’ve suffered an eye injury and someone else is at fault, we’re here to help. Before you start the claims process, we can give you advice on how successful we think your case will be, helping you to manage your expectations. Should you decide to go ahead with your claim, we’ll support you every step of the way.
Our team consists of highly trained personal injury solicitors who are equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to handle your claim. You can have complete confidence that our experts will treat your case with the utmost compassion and sensitivity from start to finish.
To find out how we can help you, simply get in touch. You can reach us on freephone 0800 916 9046. Our contact centre is open all day, every day, so no matter when you need to speak to us, we’re here for you. Alternatively, you can contact us online and we’ll get back to you at a convenient time.
We pride ourselves on being one of the UK’s leading personal injury law firms with offices throughout the UK. You can find our offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
Many of our solicitors are members of respected organisations, including the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.