Eye injury claims
Eye injury claims can be made for injuries varying greatly from an irritation to loss of sight, and there can be many causes of the injury.
Here are some common causes of accidents leading to eye injury claims:
- A blow to the eye, perhaps with a fist or ball. This can create inflammation, and if the bones that surround the eye are broken can push the eye further back in its socket. A blow can cause bleeding to the eye and very occasionally cause the retina to become detached, which if not treated will lead to permanent loss of sight;
- Foreign bodies in the eye — the severity of the injury will depend on what substance is in the eye and whether it has cut the eye or not;
- Cuts to eyelids and eyeballs;
- Exposure to gasses or chemicals;
- Ultraviolet light, exposure to the sun or sun lamps; and
- Not wearing contact lenses correctly, which can scratch the eye.
The symptoms of eye injuries
- Eye pain;
- Sensitivity to light;
- Wet eyes caused by an increase in the tears produced;
- Blurred or distorted vision;
- Eye muscles going into spasms, causing squints;
- The feeling that you have something in your eye;
- Redness of the eye; and
- Difficulty keeping the affected eyes open.
The treatment of eye injuries
Minor eye injuries will usually clear up by themselves without medical intervention, but if you have persistent pain, pain when the eye is exposed to light, altered vision or a foreign body in your eye, you should see your doctor or accident and emergency as soon as possible.
Obviously, different problems require different treatment, and you should not try to treat the eye or remove a foreign body yourself, as you could do more harm than good.
Compensation for eye injury claims
If the accident that caused your eye injury was not your fault, then you may be entitled to personal injury, or criminal injury, compensation. Accident Advice Helpline have been assisting people with their personal injury compensation claims since 2000, including thousands of eye injury claims. Our solicitors have a great deal of experience in obtaining a fair compensation deal for clients and will make the process so much easier for you.
Accident Advice Helpline are here to help. In just a few minutes, one of our advisors will talk through your accident with you, discuss your options and give you an idea about how much compensation you can expect. You can contact the advisors on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or complete our online 30-second test for similar guidance.
We operate a no win no fee* agreement, so you have nothing to lose by making that initial contact. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because accidents are not considerate enough to only happen between 9 and 5, and if you need our help at 3 in the morning then we will be there for you.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Eye injury claims