Find out how much you could claim with our eye injury compensation calculator.
WHAT TYPE OF EYE INJURY CAN I CLAIM FOR?
Eye injuries can come in many different forms and there are many different parts of the eye which can suffer injury or damage. These include:
Iris, pupil and cornea – These parts are located at the front of the eye and work together to control the light they allow to reach the lens. As a result of their location, at the front of the eye, these parts can often suffer damage as a result of trauma.
Lens – This part focuses the light passing through the iris, pupil and cornea onto your retina, further back in the eye. The shape of the lens is controlled by muscles, and if these muscles or the lens itself is damaged, this can result in loss of sight, temporarily or long term.
Retina – Based further back in the eye, the retina is a nerve which reacts to the light provided to it by the lens. It then creates electrical impulses which it passes to the optical nerve.
Optical Nerve – This runs from the rear of the eye to the brain. It carries the electrical impulses from the retina to the part of the brain which deals with sight. The brain then processes these impulses into images.
People can injure their eyes in many different ways, but some of the most common are as the result of:
An assault or blow to the face
A road traffic accident
An accident at work (including trauma or chemical burns)
The severity of eye injuries will also vary; minor injuries are likely to cause pain and possibly impaired sight, both in the short term; whereas more serious injuries can result in total and permanent loss of sight in one or both eyes.
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION AM I LIKELY TO RECEIVE FOR MY EYE INJURY?
The amount of compensation you could be entitled to will depend on the severity of the eye injury itself, the age of the patient and the length of time that they are affected as a result.
Following a medical report prepared by an expert, your condition will usually be categorised into one of the below:
Minor eye injuries cause pain or interference with vision, which isn’t permanent. The injured party usually recovers within a few weeks.
Minor permanent damage: A permanent minor impairment of vision in one or both eyes.
Total loss of sight: Permanent loss of sight in one or both eyes
The compensation calculator below provides an approximate guide to the amount you could receive for your injury alone, based on Judicial College Guidelines. You may also be able to claim for any financial loss sustained as a result of the incident.
EYE INJURY COMPENSATION AMOUNTS:
Loss of sight
Total loss of sight in one or both eyes
£37,000 – £200,000
Minor permanent damage to vision
Minor eye injury
£1,500 – £6,500
The figures are for the eye injury only. Compensation for other losses, such as loss of earnings is claimed for separately.
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