All of our senses are important for our well-being and the prospect of losing our sight through an eye injury is very worrying. When you think about how you could develop an eye injury, there are countless ways in which the delicate structures of the eye could become damaged. One of the most common ways involves an object or liquid entering the eye. This can cause damage to the tissues within the eye and that damage may be permanent. The eye can also be cut, knocked or pierced and can even be damaged if very bright lights, such as lasers, are shone into them.
If you have sustained an eye injury in an accident that was caused by somebody else then you could find you’re entitled to make a personal injury claim, and eye injury claims don’t have to be complex. Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim the compensation you’re entitled to, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
What happens when your eye is injured?
The symptoms of an eye injury are very variable but most can be grouped in one of two categories. The first is a loss of sight – which may be partial or complete and may be temporary or permanent. The second is pain and discomfort. There may also be cosmetic changes which alter the appearance of the eye. You could sustain a knock to the eye causing an orbital fracture, a black eye and bruising from being hit in the eye by a flying object, corneal damage from sharp foreign objects in your eye, an infection from a dirty or faulty contact lens, or even chemical burns from splashing hazardous chemicals into your eyes. If you have sustained an eye injury at work, then your employer could be held liable, as it’s their job to keep you safe whilst you’re carrying out your duties.
How did your eye injury happen?
When it comes to making eye injury claims, one of the first things we will want to know is how your eye injury happened. It might be that you were working with hazardous chemicals and your employer didn’t provide you with protective equipment, such as goggles. Maybe you’re a welder and you have damaged your eyes due to faulty PPE, or lack of PPE. Perhaps you have sustained an orbital fracture after a car accident when you hit your head on the steering wheel. In all these cases, somebody else could be held responsible for your accident, and you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Eye injury claims are no different to any other types of injury claims – you can make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, provided you sought medical attention for your injuries after your accident.
What treatment did you receive?
Treating an eye injury straight away will give your sight the best chance of recovering and will ease the discomfort that you are experiencing. For this reason it is always advisable to seek medical attention straight away after you receive an eye injury. This is likely to be in an Accident and Emergency Department of a hospital. If your eye injury was not your fault, you may be able to start a personal injury claim to get some compensation for the injury itself and for the money that you have lost because you are injured. You may find that can be very expensive as well as inconvenient. You may require specialist equipment and adaptations to your home and you may not be able to work in the way that you did before you were injured. This can result in a loss of income and your family’s finances may be put under a lot of pressure. Personal injury compensation can relieve some of that pressure.
Whether you have sustained a minor eye injury or a more serious, life-changing injury, you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
Claiming for an eye injury with the help of Accident Advice Helpline
Every year, thousands of people sustain an eye injury after an accident at work, in a road traffic accident or an accident in a public place. And every year, hundreds of those people miss out on the opportunity to make a personal injury claim. They assume their injuries are not serious enough to make a claim, or they worry about the cost of claiming for an eye injury. You don’t need to lose sleep over legal fees when it comes to eye injury claims with Accident Advice Helpline. Your claim can be handled on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so you will not have to pay any upfront fees to get your claim started – giving you complete peace of mind and freedom from financial worries after your accident. Anybody can make a personal injury claim, regardless of whether they have sustained minor or more serious injuries, provided somebody else caused the accident.
What to do next
If you have sustained an eye injury, or somebody you love has been injured and you would like to discuss how you go about claiming for an eye injury, we would be pleased to help you. You can reach us here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a land line or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Most eye injury claims can be settled out of court, giving you one less thing to worry about. Many people ask us if there is an average settlement for eye injury claims, in the hope that this will give them an idea of the amount of compensation they could be entitled to for their injuries. In truth, this doesn’t exist, and if you have suffered an eye injury and are considering making a claim for compensation, we will look at your claim on an individual basis. But you could always take the 30-second test on our website to get an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Date Published: 29th July 2013