Our eyes are precious. If they’re injured, the consequences are potentially life-changing – and can have a profound effect on both you and your family. Which is why, if you’ve suffered an eye injury that was someone else’s fault, it’s only right that you seek financial justice.
Here at Injury Lawyers Direct, we have a team of specialist medical negligence solicitors and personal injury solicitors who can guide you step-by-step through the process. We can put together an effective eye injury claim on your behalf and win the compensation you deserve for any pain, rehabilitation costs, or loss of earnings.
For a free consultation, simply give us a call on 0800 110 5888.
Rely on us to secure your eye injury compensation
Suffering an eye injury can put your life on hold, particularly if it has resulted in significant sight loss or blindness. The injury itself can lead to an incredible amount of physical pain. But suddenly, you’re also faced with a range of new day-to-day challenges – all of which can take their toll, emotionally and psychologically.
You may need to make adaptations to your home and pay for ongoing care and support. It can place a huge strain on your relationships and you may no longer be able to do the things you previously enjoyed. If you’re unable to work, your finances are also likely to be affected. At such a tough time, the last thing you need is the stress of a legal case. So why not rely on us?
This is our area of expertise. We have excellent knowledge of eye injury compensation claims and can oversee the full process on your behalf. From the initial paperwork to the final settlement, we can take care of the full eye injury claims process on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. Which means, there’s zero hassle and zero financial risk. And whilst we work hard to secure your compensation, you can focus on your rehabilitation.
What type of eye injury can I claim for?
Eye injuries can vary in their severity, from mild visual impairment to partial or complete blindness, and they can occur due to a variety of medical mistakes. Some of the most common eye injury claims made due to medical negligence include:
- a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma
- failure to diagnose and treat neurological conditions that can cause visual impairment (e.g. stroke)
- visual impairment or blindness due to brain damage (e.g. caused by oxygen deprivation during surgery)
- mismanagement of foreign bodies in the eyes
- errors during a corneal transplant
- sub-standard cataract, corneal or vitreoretinal surgery
- mistakes made during laser eye surgery
- sub-standard eye muscle surgery
- sub-standard blocked tear duct surgery
Both minor and severe eye injuries can also occur in a wide range of personal accidents, including workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, public accidents (e.g. slips, trips, and falls, criminal activity, etc.), sporting accidents and more.
But keep in mind, this is not a full list. Whatever the nature or degree of harm you have suffered, if the eye injury was caused by the negligence of staff (either at an NHS or private facility, or an opticians) or if someone else was to blame, we can help.
Not only do our solicitors have vast experience in eye injury claims, we have links with insurers, medical negligence barristers and medical experts – including consultant ophthalmologists and optometrists. And collectively, we have an extensive record of success in eye injury compensation claims.
What’s more, we understand that eye injuries can affect different people in different ways. And therefore, we will put together a claim that accurately reflects your circumstances, and ensure that you receive a suitable level of eye injury compensation for the level of suffering you have experienced.
Am I eligible to make an eye injury compensation claim?
Unfortunately, genuine accidents do happen. Eye injuries can (and often do) occur where there is no one to blame – and no one is liable to recompensate your losses.
As such, to be able to claim eye injury compensation, you’ll need to prove that:
- the accident or incident occurred in the last three years
- one or both of your eyes were injured as a result
- somebody else was at fault or responsible for the injury
Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, that may be the person who caused the accident (e.g. another road user, your employer, a member of the public, etc.) or a medical professional who had a legal duty of care towards you.
If you’re unsure whether you have a valid eye injury claim, the best option is to contact our team of specialist solicitors. Following a quick chat, we should be able to advise on your eligibility – and if you wish to go ahead, we’ll start to gather evidence to support your claim, including medical records and witness statements.
It’s important to note that an eye injury claim can sometimes still be made even if you were partially responsible – either for the accident itself or the severity of the injuries. For example, perhaps you were involved in a motorcycle accident whilst you weren’t wearing a helmet? Or didn’t wear the protective goggles supplied at work?
This is known as ‘contributory negligence’. It won’t affect your eligibility to claim compensation, but it may reduce the amount of eye injury compensation you receive.
As a family member, you may also be able to claim on behalf of the affected relative. Particularly if they are suffering from temporarily reduced vision or irreparable visual impairments, have a pre-existing condition that affects their mental capacity to make decisions (e.g. dementia, severe autism, special educational needs) or there’s a language barrier (i.e. English is not their first language).
Any eye injury compensation awarded will simply go into a trust to be used for their ongoing care, support and rehabilitation.
Start your eye injury claim today
To arrange a free initial consultation, either call us on 0800 110 5800 or fill out our online contact form and one of our medical negligence solicitors will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
We will listen to your case, advise on whether you have a legitimate eye injury or sight loss claim, and suggest the best steps to take. You’re under absolutely no obligation to start proceedings. That’s your decision and we’ll never put you under pressure. But if you do wish to go ahead, we’re here for you – ready and waiting to support your recovery and seek the compensation you deserve.
Simply pick up the phone and tell us about your experience. And we’ll take care of the rest.