How to Claim Compensation for Loss of Vision after an Eye Injury

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Jonathan Thursby

Associate Solicitor, Personal Injury Claims

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If you suffer an eye injury, the first thing you should do is get medical attention. Even if you think your injury is fairly minor, it’s important to have your eyes checked by a doctor as soon as possible, just in case.

You should also make sure that the accident is reported as soon as possible to whoever you think is responsible, for example, your employer or the owner of the premises where the accident occurred.

If you suffered an eye injury in an accident at work, your employer should have an accident book, so you can record the details of what happened to you, and if at all possible, you should gather the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.

Taking these steps can be vitally important if you decide to claim compensation for eye injury, as your Personal Injury Solicitor will be able to use this as evidence to make sure you’re compensated fairly.

You could also consider keeping a diary after you’ve been injured, so there’s a record of how it develops over time, and retain any receipts for medication, treatment and aids such as glasses, so you can be properly reimbursed for these expenses.

Get in touch with our specialist Personal Injury Solicitors and we’ll be happy to discuss your situation with you. We’ll let you know if you have a good chance of claiming successfully and how we can help you. We can also discuss different funding options, such as No Win, No Fee - ask us for details.

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Can I Claim for a Loss of Vision?

Yes, you can claim compensation if you’ve suffered loss of vision following an eye injury that wasn’t your fault. You can still claim if your loss of vision is temporary or partial, and your injury also doesn’t need to have affected both eyes.

Can I Claim Even if My Vision is Back to Normal?

Yes, although of course the severity and duration of your injury will have a bearing on how much compensation you will receive. That’s one reason we suggest getting medical attention as soon as you’ve been injured, reporting your accident to the responsible party and keeping a diary of your injury.

So even if you’ve thankfully since made a full recovery, we can put together a detailed account of what you went through following the accident, and can make sure you’re compensated for the pain and suffering you went through.

I Wore Glasses and had Poor Vision Before the Accident - Can I Still Claim?

Yes, even if you didn’t have perfect vision beforehand, you should be compensated if you’ve suffered an eye injury that has made it worse. Your Personal Injury Solicitor will work out the extent to which your eye injury has worsened your vision, and work out how much compensation you should claim accordingly.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive if My Claim is Successful?

This depends on the exact nature of your eye injury and how it has affected your life.

The official guidance on eye injuries deals with injuries ranging from permanent total blindness (including loss of sight in one or both eyes) to transient eye injuries which last just a few days or weeks.

So to properly value your claim, your Personal Injury Solicitor will arrange for you to be examined by an appropriate medical expert, such as an ophthalmologist.

The expert will then compile a report outlining your condition, and this will be reviewed alongside the official guidelines and previous eye injury cases, so we can work out how much compensation you should claim for your injury.

You can also claim for other losses you may have racked up following your eye injury, such as lost earnings, treatment costs, glasses, contact lenses and laser surgery.

We’ll thoroughly investigate the effects of your eye injury on your life, so we can negotiate a compensation settlement that reflects what you’ve been through and helps you live with your eye injury.

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