Suffering an eye injury can be debilitating and painful, and eye injuries can range from minor injuries to life-changing ones. For this reason, it is impossible to say what the average eye injury compensation value is, and you should be wary of any personal injury lawyer who says they can give you an average value. If you are injured in a public place or at work then you might be eligible to claim personal injury compensation if somebody else was responsible for your accident. There are so many different types of eye injuries that the amount of compensation you will receive will be completely different from person to personal, depending on your injuries.
What types of eye injuries could you sustain?
You could sustain an eye injury at work if chemicals splash into your eye, causing sore eyes and blurry vision for several days. Or you might sustain serious damage to your eyes from a welding accident if your employer does not provide you with goggles to protect your eyes – this could lead to permanent damage to your vision. You might get a foreign object such as glass in your eye after an accident in a shop or factory, or fracture your eye socket in a road traffic accident when you hit your head on the steering wheel.
Although swelling and bruising may only take around 7-10 days to subside, this type of fracture can take some time to heal. Whilst some minor injuries will heal quickly, other injuries may need surgery and that means taking time off work to recover. In a case where you have sustained a life-changing eye injury that has led to partial or total loss of vision, you could find yourself in line to receive a substantial amount of personal injury compensation.
What can employers do to protect you against eye injuries at work?
It is up to your employer to protect you at work and ensure that your working environment is safe. There are a number of hazards that could lead to eye injuries at work, and carrying out risk assessments helps employers to identify these hazards and take steps to reduce the risk of accidents happening. If you work in a hazardous environment – for example if you are coming into contact with dangerous chemicals or other substances that could harm your eyes – it’s up to your employer to provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles or eye protection to keep you safe.
Did you know that over 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day? Eye safety at work is something that employers should take seriously. If you’ve suffered a serious injury that has led to you being unable to return to work, either temporarily or permanently, you could find you’re entitled to claim compensation. There is no average eye injury compensation value – Accident Advice Helpline will take into account the severity of your injuries and other factors like their impact on your life as well as any loss of earnings, when we work out your personal injury settlement.
Who is to blame for your accident?
It can often be tough working out who is at fault for your accident. If you have been injured in a public place, for example if you have suffered an eye injury after being hit in the eye by a ball at a tennis match or you have sustained an eye injury from a faulty contact lens, you could make a personal injury claim. In these examples, the organisers of the sporting event and the manufacturers of the contact lenses could be held liable for your injuries, respectively. Even if you’re unsure who is to blame for your accident, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a claim and get no-obligation advice from our advisors.
Can an injury calculator tell me the average eye injury compensation value?
As we mentioned earlier, there is no such thing as an average eye injury compensation value. For example, corneal flash burns, an injury which can be suffered by over-exposure to UV radiation, for example whilst welding, could attract a large personal injury settlement, as these injuries can cause changes to your vision, or even partial or total loss of vision, depending on their severity. At the other end of the scale, a more minor injury such as grit or a foreign body in your eye may need emergency medical attention but rarely leads to serious injuries such as scratches to the cornea. This means that the amount of compensation you are likely to receive for this type of injury will usually be less than a more serious, life-changing injury that could permanently affect your vision.
Our 30-second injury calculator will be able to give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to after your accident, but it’s important to remember that this is just an estimate and that the actual amount you could receive can vary.
How common are serious eye injuries?
It’s estimated that 10-20% of all eye injuries could lead to partial or total loss of vision – that’s quite a high percentage of injuries. Serious eye injuries are not uncommon, but if you have suffered a minor injury either at work, in a road traffic accident or even in a public place, you could still get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to make a personal injury claim. We have been helping members of the public claim compensation since 2000, and during that time we have handled thousands of claims for a wide range of different eye injuries.
If you are ready to make a claim after your accident then you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Or maybe you just need some no-obligation advice or answers to your questions about the claims process. Whatever your circumstances, you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to discuss your eye injuries in more detail with our expert advisors.