If you have fractured your eye socket in an accident and are interested in fractured eye socket compensation, you may currently have severe bruising and pain. An orbital fracture is most commonly caused by a blow to the face or head, for example in an accident at work or in a road traffic accident. Eye socket fractures are divided into two different types: orbital rim fractures and indirect orbital fractures. In an orbital rim fracture (most commonly caused by direct impact in a car accident) you could also suffer other facial fractures or even a brain injury, for example, if your head hits the steering wheel or window.
This can cause damage to the eye muscles, optic nerve, cheekbones and sinuses. You could either suffer a frontal bone fracture, where the upper edge of the eye rim is fractured, or a zygomatic fracture, where the lower edge of the rim is fractured. An indirect orbital fracture, normally caused by a car accident, is where the floor of the eye socket ruptures, sometimes leading to blurred or double vision.
How do I know if I’ve fractured my eye socket?
Accident Advice Helpline has handled many claims for fractured eye socket compensation and we have compiled a list of symptoms to look out for if you think you have sustained an orbital fracture:
- Black eye and bruising
- Double or blurred vision
- Numb eyelid, cheeks or forehead
- Swelling such as puffiness or a pocket under the eye
If you have suffered a blow to your head or face then you should seek medical attention immediately, as you may have suffered other injuries such as a brain or head injury. A traumatic brain injury can cause long-term changes to your personality, mood and motor skills, affecting the rest of your life. Even sustaining a minor head injury will mean taking time off work to heal.
What’s the healing time for a fractured eye socket?
Healing times for an eye injury can vary, but most fractures heal at home with no complications. For mild fractures, ice packs, antibiotics (to prevent infection) and plenty of rest is recommended. A severe injury to your eye may mean referral to a specialist for treatment or even surgery. You’ll probably need to take time off work, which can affect your finances, and this is a good time to think about making a claim for fractured eye socket compensation. You can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could claim compensation for your lost earnings, if you have taken time off work after your accident.
How common are eye injuries at work?
Every year in the UK, thousands of workers suffer a range of eye injuries, and between 10-20% of eye accidents result in partial or full loss of sight. It is up to your employer to ensure that they have taken steps to reduce hazards at work and prevent accidents from happening – this can include measures such as carrying out risk assessments and providing you with PPE such as goggles to protect your eyes, if you are working in a role where there are risks involved. Your employer also has a responsibility to appoint a competent first-aider and ensure that a first aid kit is available in the event of workplace accidents.
Have you fractured your eye socket in a road traffic accident?
According to the Department for Transport, 22,137 people were seriously injured on the UK’s roads in 2015, with 162,430 people suffering slight injuries. So it may be that you may have injured your eye in a road traffic accident – in fact, in developed countries, road traffic accidents are estimated to be responsible for around 5-15% of all reported facial injuries. You may want to make a fractured eye socket compensation claim because you hit your head on the steering wheel or window or suffered a blow to the face during an accident. You may also suffer other facial and head injuries or more minor injuries such as broken bones, whiplash and cuts and bruises. If the driver of the other vehicle was responsible for your accident, then Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident.
You might be surprised to learn that workplace and road traffic accidents are not actually the leading cause of eye injuries. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, sport is actually the most common cause of hospital admissions for eye injuries, with an estimated 2,000 hospital admissions a year caused by squash balls.
Have you suffered permanent vision damage?
Hopefully your orbital fracture has healed and you are on the road to recovery, but it may be that you have suffered permanent damage to your vision after your accident. The most common symptoms are persistent blurry or double vision, or even partial loss of sight, most common after a severe fracture or an infection. If this has happened to you then it can seriously affect your quality of life, and you should consider making a claim for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline will take into account any permanent changes to your vision when you make a claim for fractured eye socket compensation, and we will look at how your injury has impacted your life, as well as what your prognosis is for the future and any further treatment that is required.
Find out more about fractured eye socket compensation
You might be ready to make a claim for fractured eye socket compensation after your accident, or you may have been injured in an accident at work yet be unsure who is at fault. You can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline at any time on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) provided it has been three years or less since your accident. We will assess your claim individually and give you an idea of how much compensation you could be eligible to claim – or you can take the 30-second test on our website right now.
We have over 16 years’ experience and have helped hundreds of people to claim compensation for an eye socket fracture, and we could help you too. What’s more, our lawyers operate on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so you don’t have to worry about paying upfront fees.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton
Category: Eye injury claims