£10,000 Compensation Payout For A Minor Eye Injury – Case Study & Claims Guide to Calculating Minor Eye Injury Compensation

Minor eye injury compensation

Minor eye injury compensation

By Stephen Burke. Last Updated 11th May 2022. If you suffer a minor eye injury, that occurs via an accident through no fault of your own, you could potentially claim for compensation. And so this guide advises on making a minor eye injury claim. It does so primarily by providing an example case study where the victim receives a £10,000 payout.

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  1. A Guide To Calculate A Minor Eye Injury Settlement
  2. What Is A Minor Eye Injury?
  3. Financial Issues From Eye Injuries
  4. Common Eye Injury Accidents
  5. Learn About Care Claims
  6. Estimates For Minor Eye Injury Settlements
  7. Case Study: £10,000 Payout For A Minor Eye Injury
  8. Your Claim Estimate
  9. No Win No Fee Agreements
  10. Find The Right Personal Injury Lawyers
  11. Chat Today
  12. Further Advice

A Guide To Calculate A Minor Eye Injury Settlement

This guide covers aspects that you may need to know ahead of making a minor eye injury claim. That includes discussing No Win No Fee agreements, compensation calculators and also potential financial repercussions of such an injury. And we also explain why personal injury lawyers may give you the advantage of securing the right amount of compensation for your claim.

The personal injury claims time limit would apply to any personal injury claim that you make. So, there is a 3-year window in which you must claim after suffering or discovering that you suffered your injury. There are exceptions to this time limit. To learn more, speak with our helpful team anytime.

What Is A Minor Eye Injury?

A minor eye injury could take many forms. Ultimately though it may cause vision problems. It is an injury you may be suddenly aware of because your sight is affected. Typical symptoms could include bleeding or fluid from the eye, being unable to open the eye, a headache, vision being blurred or lost completely, pain in the eye or around the eye area.

Recovery could be a matter of weeks for a minor eye injury. Note the importance of good vision for driving, performing crucial work tasks and so on. Hence why you would need your eye to be back at 100% before being able to resume these duties. And that’s why a minor eye injury could be a major setback. Use the Live Chat function to find out more.

Financial Issues From Eye Injuries

Your vision is crucial when it comes to many lines of work, or simply getting to and from work. Therefore, the financial impact of having impaired vision, even if only for a few weeks, is significant. You may be able to just get by with damage to your arm or leg. But with an eye injury, you may need greater assistance. That could mean paying out of your own pocket for a carer to help you at home. It would also likely mean using public transport, since driving may not be practical with an eye injury.

And then we come to the actual work itself. Reduced vision than you are normally used to or an eye injury can make working at a computer a struggle, the same for presenting at a conference or completing mechanical or engineering tasks. Therefore, you may have to take a leave of absence which your employers might not cover. All of these scenarios could represent financial problems as a direct result of your eye injury. Give us a call today to discuss this topic in more depth.

Common Eye Injury Accidents

To make a negligence claim, you have to prove that a third party who owed you a duty of care breached this, resulting in you suffering an eye injury. As for what could entail? Let’s take a closer look …

  • A workplace accident due to a duty breach would come under employer’s liability (EL). An employer’s duty of care comes from the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to prevent avoidable injury at work. The 693,000 injuries at work in 2019/20 show that injuries in work can take place. One possible example could be a malfunctioning machine that explodes with pieces of machinery being lodged in your eye, thus causing damage. A work injury settlement could be the result of a minor eye injury claim.
  • Those who operate public areas have public liability (PL), meaning a breach of the occupier’s duty of care via the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 could mean an injury results in compensation being paid. An injury in a public place could be a shelf collapsing in a supermarket, falling on your head and face causing an eye injury.
  • Also, consider an eye injury via a road traffic accident (RTA), which breaches a driver’s duty of care that the Highway Code states. A crash could see you fall forward and injure your eye upon landing on the steering wheel. And if you suffer multiple injuries after a collision, then a multiple injury claim may be the best way forward.

Our friendly team can answer any questions you have about eye injury accident scenarios.

Learn About Care Claims

When it comes to an eye injury, additional care becomes a bigger priority, especially if you’re facing weeks of full recuperation. This could involve hiring a nurse to look after you by handling the basic chores of running a house. Perhaps you receive gracious care from family members or friends while you’re temporarily unable to see. Or maybe you hire a third party to manage the likes of gardening or dog-walking until you’re 100% again. Whatever it may be, all of this could comprise a care claim which could form part of your minor eye injury claim. Our specialists are here to offer further guidance should you require it regarding care claims.

Estimates For Minor Eye Injury Settlements

An independent medical evaluation is an important part of the claims process. You would answer questions about how the injury occurred, the impact on your life and have your projected recovery period estimated. These responses would strengthen your minor eye injury claim, thus increasing the likelihood of a settlement. From there, your compensation value is calculated as general damages and special damages.

General damages are all about how much pain and suffering you’re enduring, and how much your life has changed because of your eye injury. Special damages handle remaining costs like medication, public transport usage and loss of earnings, as well as professional care. These two elements form the basis for how much you could claim once your case is completed. To find out more information, complete our contact form.

Case Study: £10,000 Payout For A Minor Eye Injury

Mrs Simmons, 40, worked as a welder in Southampton. She had done the job for many years. But on one particular occasion, things went badly wrong.

Mrs Simmons was provided with personal protective equipment as part of her job. Recently there had been a shortage. The manager had been notified but the stock had not been replaced. Mrs Simmons went into work one morning to find that all the safety goggles had been taken. She asked her manager for any spare. The manager said he was waiting for a delivery but she was to carry working until they arrived.

Mrs Simmons was welding together a metal frame when a piece of metal broke away and embedded within her eye.

Straight away, Mrs Simmons felt extreme pain in her right eye and was unable to open it. Mrs Simmons was taken to her local hospital. The pieces of metal had to be removed from her eye. Her vision remained blurred and she had to wear a patch. Eyedrops and ointment also formed her required treatment during her recovery. Mrs Simmons had to take some time away from work until her eye was recovered.

Upon contemplation, Mrs Simmons was furious with her employers for not supplying her with sufficient equipment. And this was especially troubling, given the potentially serious long-term damage her eye could have received. But she was very worried that a similar situation could happen again. And could she really trust her employers to avoid making the same mistake in the future?

After seeking legal advice, Mrs Simmons filed an employers liability claim against her employers. She received £10,000 as an out-of-court minor eye injury claim compensation payout. This included £7,500 in general damages and £2,500 in special damages.

Type Of Special DamagesIncludes:How Much?
Lost EarningsCosts of lost earnings due to the injury during her 1-month lay-off£2,000
Medical CostsCosts of medication & painkillers during her rehabilitation£300
Public TransportCosts of public transport journeys to & from hospital£100
Other CostsAdditional expenses due to her injury£100

The case of Mrs Simmons is purely an example. It is based on our past experiences of handling and valuing claims and serves to illustrate how accidents can happen and how they are valued.

Eye Injury Compensation Value Examples

In the table below, we’ve included some different eye injury compensation brackets. These brackets are calculated using past payout amounts and legal professionals can use this resource to help calculate your general damages. The table covers a range of eye injuries both minor and more serious.

Description Of InjuryNotesCompensation Bracket
Total Blindness and DeafnessThis bracket applies to victims who have suffered devastating injuries to both their sight and hearing.In the region of
Total BlindnessThis bracket applies to victims who have suffered permanent loss of sight.In the region of
Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye(i) This bracket applies when there is a serious risk of sight deteriorating in the remaining functional eye.£95,990 to £179,770
Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye(ii) This bracket applies when the remaining functional eye has reduced vision and there are additional problems such as double vision.£63,950 to £105,990
Total Loss of One EyeThe exact compensation offered will depend on several factors including age of the victim, cosmetic effects and psychiatric consequences.£54,830 to £65,710
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye(e) This bracket takes into account some risk of sympathetic ophthalmia. Some scarring may be present in the eye that has lost sight.£49,270 to £54,830
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye(f) This bracket applies to cases where there is serious but incomplete loss of vision in one eye. The other eye does not face significant risk of loss or reduction in vision.£23,680 to £39,340
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye(g) One or both eyes have minor but also permanent impairment of vision.£9,110 to £20,980

These compensation brackets are taken from the 2022 (16th) edition of the Judicial College Guidelines. The figures should not be treated as guarantees on how much compensation you’ll receive if you’re able to make an eye injury claim, as every claim is different. However, solicitors may use these brackets for reference when calculating the value of your injuries.

Your Claim Estimate

You would receive a free-of-charge compensation estimate for your minor eye injury claim. That’s because you should have minimal stress when pursuing your case, and that includes potential financial headaches. It also means not having to rely on the findings of an online personal injury claims calculator. Your estimate would focus on your specific costs and the impact of your specific injury on your livelihood. Therefore, whatever figure you receive would be as accurate as possible. Talk to our friendly team today to find out more.

No Win No Fee Agreements

A No Win No agreement could bring numerous benefits to any claimant. They include no requirement to pay a personal injury solicitor’s legal fees up-front or while a case is ongoing. In fact, if the case loses, they wouldn’t have to pay anything whatsoever to your solicitor. Now, if the case wins, the No Win No Fee solicitor then takes a nominal figure called a success fee, which is capped by law. Talk to our knowledgeable team anytime about No Win No Fee agreements.

Find The Right Personal Injury Lawyers

Now, if you’re going to win your case, you should strive to have the best personal injury lawyer possible. Numerous factors determine who out there is most suitable to handle your minor eye injury claim. These include successful cases in the past, positive reviews, top credentials and eye injury specialities.

Public Interest Lawyers could connect you to a panel of personal injury solicitors that has vast experience and knowledge that they could lend you to help you win your case. Call us using the number below to find out what we could bring to your case.

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To speak with Public Interest Lawyers, you can call 0800 408 7825, use our Live Chat or fill out our online form. There’s no obligation to pursue your claim even after getting in touch, and we’re available to talk 24/7.

Further Advice

We appreciate you taking out the time to read our guide on filing a minor eye injury claim. For further details, why not take a look at the additional links below.

Our homepage explains everything that you need to know about working with Public Interest Lawyers.

We also have a section dedicated to public accident claims.

And we also discuss how to reduce the risk of potential public accidents.

The NHS has its own page which breaks down eye injuries in greater detail.

They also note the services that are most closely located in your hometown.

And they have a page covering all of the services that they provide.

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