Losing an eye in an accident is of course a fairly uncommon occurrence, however, the eyes are a delicate organ and there isn’t much protection for them against serious injury sometimes. Although the injured party may still have sight in their other eye, this kind of injury can impact upon an individual greatly, reducing their confidence and changing their lifestyle completely. This kind of injury often results in on-going pain and suffering for the victim, who may need to have further reconstructive surgeries or a prosthetic eye fitted.
Accidents that might cause losing an eye
As we said before, an accident so severe that an eye may be lost are thankfully very rare. When we do come across such cases, these are some of the causes we hear about:
- Being involved in a motor accident: hitting your face on the steering wheel or even an object outside of the car which has been crashed into can damage the eye and the bones around it
- Tripping or falling on to something that pierces the eyeball can cause irreparable damage
- Accidents involving power hand tools and other equipment that if not used with the correct protective and safety equipment have the potential to cause serious injury
- Accidents involving toxic substances or chemicals have the potential to damage one or both eyes
Compensation for losing an eye in an accident
If you have recently been involved in an accident in which you lost an eye you might be eligible to claim compensation. In order to make a claim the accident in which you sustained your injury must have been someone else’s fault, i.e. you are not to blame. The level of compensation you are likely to will depend on the severity of your injuries, however, losing an eye is of course considered one of the most severe injuries a person can sustain.
Speak to one of our specialists at Accident Advice Helpline to see if you can make a claim and how much you can expect to receive. Call our 24-hour free phone line on 0800 689 0500 to begin your claim today.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen