How much compensation could you be owed for damage in one eye? If you suffered an injury like this in the workplace and you feel sure it was someone else’s fault, this article discusses eye injury settlement amounts and how a No Win No Fee lawyer could help you win one.
Serious eye injuries are life-changing accidents. If you have suffered one we look at who should have been doing more to protect your safety. Whether it was an accident in the workplace, a public place or a road traffic accident, we examine who failed in their legal duty of care to you and what you can do about it.
Our aim is to explain simply how to launch a successful personal injury claim and through this article, we give links to the latest statistics and legal guidelines that seek to protect us at work.
If at any point you feel ready to proceed with a claim, or you just want more information on any of the topics discussed, please feel free to call us at 0800 408 7825 or email us at Public Interest Lawyers. Our team is available 24/7 and look forward to helping you
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- A Guide To Calculate Compensation For An Accident At Work Eye Injury
- What Is An Eye Injury?
- Financial Issues From Eye Injuries
- Accidents At Work
- Care Claims For Extra Settlements
- Solicitors Can Value Compensation Settlement
- Case Study: £24,250 Compensation For An Accident At Work Eye Injury Claim
- Eye Injury Compensation Calculation Estimates
- No Win No Fee
- Find Quality Personal Injury Lawyers To Advise You On Eye Injury Settlement Amounts
- Call Today To Learn More About Eye Injury Settlement Amounts
- Further Resources On Eye Injury Settlement Amounts
Below, we’ll discuss the process of launching a personal injury claim against your employer. However, the principles we’ll discuss could also apply to claims involving a company and a fellow road user as these three areas are where a significant amount of personal injury claims can arise. We will also explain:
- Duty of care – who has it?
- How can a duty of care be breached?
- What evidence do you need to support a claim?
- What types of compensation can a No Win No Fee lawyer seek on your behalf?
- What are the advantages of using a service like this?
- A typical case study to illustrate how the personal injury claims process works.
At the conclusion of this article, we tell you about our services and how we could put you in touch with a skilled personal injury lawyer from our panel who might be able to secure eye injury settlement amounts similar to our case study.
Our eyesight is rightly considered to be among our most precious senses. Any type of eye injury is highly distressing. Soft and gelatinous, our eyes are uniquely vulnerable to injury from flying objects, sharp items, noxious chemicals and even something as simple as allergic reactions to everyday contaminants.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and The Highway Code both give respective versions of the same principle – that duty of care is a responsibility for everyone to take seriously and to try to uphold as much as possible. On the roads, in the street or anywhere that is accessible to the public, these laws impose an obligation on individuals and organisations to ensure the environment is as hazard-free as possible.
The main focus of this article is on accidents at work. Our employers have a duty of care under The Health And Safety At Work etc Act 1974 which states that reasonable steps should be taken to ensure that our health, safety and wellbeing are upheld in the workplace.
Employers can achieve this by providing adequate training, correct information and the highest standards possible of onsite maintenance to avoid an accident. If your injuries were sustained at work due to the negligence of others, speak to our team today. You could be owed compensation.
Even a moderate eye injury could require a patch or other medical procedure that could require a lengthy period of recovery. The NHS gives advice about the correct treatment, diagnosis and prognosis of certain eye injuries here.
While you recover you may find normal functioning is difficult and this, in turn, could give rise to numerous financial problems. If you are unable to work or look after your children because of your injuries, these costs can soon mount up and represent an additional worry. A No Win No Fee lawyer can help.
Acting on your behalf and at no initial cost to you, they can gather a record of these expenses and present them to the defendant as part of your compensation claim. Eye injury settlement amounts can vary greatly but with a solicitor seeking to recover them on your behalf, you give yourself the best chance of being restored to the financial position you were in before the accident.
For more information on claiming back financial costs stemming from the accident, please give our personal injury claims team a call.
Nobody sets out to have an accident. Although we may take care as much as we can, if you’ve been the victim of an accident that was not your fault you know how frustrating it can be to get injured.
In 2019/20 a staggering 639,000 people reported injury in the workplace according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and if you were one of them, you are perfectly within your legal rights to launch a negligence case.
Once you have clarified that your employer breached their duty of care and it directly resulted in your injuries, you can speak to a No Win No Fee lawyer about how to put your case together.
All companies have employers’ liability insurance for such accidents and whatever the outcome of your case it should have no bearing on your right to remain employed there. If you experience any issues around this topic, speak to our team about your rights.
Another significant repercussion of your accident could be the need to have someone care for you while you recover. Family and friends can help and their time can be reimbursed if you prove it with valid receipts and invoices. Any cost that you can demonstrate was incurred because of your injuries could be factored into your eye injury settlement amounts.
If you need to pay for the services of a professional carer, it’s important to prepare yourself for the expense. The NHS gives a rough estimate that the cost for someone to come into your home and help you cook, wash or attend to personal care can be as much as £1,600 per week. There could be a strong likelihood that you might need help if you have an eye injury, so these expenses could be devastating.
A No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel can advise on the correct way to record and track all these costs, get them included in your claim, forcing the defendant to reimburse you. Without proof or legal support, these costs could be lost, leaving you out of pocket.
How are eye injury settlement amounts valued properly? Many online companies promote tools like a ‘personal injury claim calculator’, but whilst they may promise ‘on-the-spot’ compensation amounts they can easily miss the fine detail of each case and end up either over or undervaluing your claim, potentially leading to disappointment.
A core piece of evidence to support your claim will be a medical assessment. This is an opportunity for a medical professional to confirm that your injuries were sustained by the accident you described and reported, not some other illness or condition for which your employer might not be liable. With this in place, the solicitors can then seek the two heads of claim that can form eye injury settlement amounts.
General damages are designed to compensate you for the physical pain, psychological suffering, and the detrimental impact the injury has on your life. To gain an insight into how much compensation you could receive, it’s possible to look at the Judicial College guidelines, a document that details compensation awards made by the courts. Their guidelines recommend monetary awards for a whole array of injuries and damage to the eyes.
For example, loss of sight in one or both eyes would have a suggested award of over a quarter of a million pounds. Our case study concentrates on someone who suffered a much less serious eye injury but did involve a slight permanent impairment and was awarded £15,000. General damages permit some discretion with awards and allow your lawyer the flexibility to aim high on your behalf.
Special damages are more exact and tangible. Their purpose is to restore you to the financial position you were in before the accident, as well as accounting for any future financial harm.
Anything that you can prove cost you financially because of your injuries could be included, such as:
- Loss of earnings and potential earnings
- Travel costs to hospital appointments
- Specialist treatments and therapies
- Carer costs to look after you
- Modifications to your home
- Any lost bonuses or cancelled deposits for the likes of holidays
- Any damage to personal property during the accident
- Glasses and optician costs
There may be other expenses incurred and when you speak directly to our team they can advise on their eligibility.
Mr Blake worked on a construction site and was part of the team that reclaimed and salvaged as much of the prior buildings as possible. A lot of his work involved reclaiming bricks and masonry to be used again on other projects and on the day of his accident, a shortfall in health and safety standards nearly robbed him of his sight in one eye.
Each site had a responsibility to provide adequate safety tools and equipment and in a job that involved demolition, safety glasses were an essential requirement. On that morning he was told that there were no spare glasses and that he should just press on until a spare pair was found. He tried to attend to his task as best he could, but in the afternoon a chunk of masonry flew away from the chisel impact and hit him straight in the eye.
He was taken to hospital and the injuries were reported as superficial, but he still required a patch over his eye for two weeks as it recovered and he was unable to work. A type of painkiller made him drowsy and he was unable to attend properly to his usual tasks for a month and a half in total. He had endured an upsetting and potentially traumatic event all for the sake of a failure to supply the correct equipment for the job. He decided to sue.
After consulting with a No Win No Fee lawyer they were able to establish that it was unreasonable for his firm to expect Mr Blake to chisel masonry without the correct protective eyewear. Mr Blake’s employer swiftly admitted liability and he was awarded £24,250.
Mr Blake’s damages were calculated as follows:
General damages Special damages
Mr Blake was awarded £17,000 in general damages. Loss of earnings for 6 weeks - £3,000
Specialist eye treatments and procedures - £1,250
Impact on his pension scheme - £1,000
Loss of deposit for weekend away - £500
Travel costs - £500
Carer costs - £1,000
Our case study is purely an example but it illustrates the potential for proper legal advice to take your damages much further than you may have originally thought possible. Eye injury settlement amounts can vary, so it’s important to draw on the expertise of a personal injury solicitor to get the best results.
It’s important to remember that compensation amounts are never guaranteed and each case will differ according to the circumstances. But when you launch a negligence case with a No Win No Fee lawyer you can relax in the knowledge that they are working on your behalf to extract the highest award in damages from the defendant.
If you’d like to find out how much compensation you could receive for your own eye injury, we recommend getting in touch with our personal injury claims team. Without knowing the facts of your case it’s difficult for us to provide concrete figures in this guide.
However, a quick chat with one of our advisers could change that. Once they know what happened, they can hone in on a valuation and give you the information you need.
Simply call us on the number at the top of this page to discover more.
You may have heard the term No Win No Fee many times before. But what exactly are the benefits of launching a claim like this?
The most immediate advantage is that No Win No Fee cases require no fees upfront or during the claim If your case loses, there are no fees to pay at all to your solicitor.
If your case is successful you only have to pay a small fee which is a percentage of the total award. It is capped by law to keep it low and ensures that the bulk of the compensation goes directly to you. The solicitors’ fee also doesn’t need to be paid until you’ve been paid out and these combined advantages make No Win No Fee agreements the obvious choice for many people.
To find out more, please get in touch with our personal injury claims team.
Google searches can generate an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to finding a lawyer to represent you and not provide much actual guidance and understanding the respective differences between high street solicitors can also be baffling.
We can help. With access to a panel of lawyers who are skilled in handling cases like this remotely for clients across the country, when you speak to our team you could be availing yourself of their expertise and introduced simply and quickly.
Getting in touch is easy. You can:
- Call us direct on 0800 408 7825
- Write to us at Public Interest Lawyers
- Speak to Michelle at our ‘live support’ portal, bottom right
We hope you’ve found this article helpful in your decision to seek eye injury settlement amounts. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss or get more information, please don’t hesitate. You can also refer to the links below for more information
If you’d like to read more on accidents in public, please read here
You can access more information about claims against the council here
Please read here for more details about accidents whilst shopping
For advice about sight loss, please read here
For more information about support for the blind, please read here
For more information about using NHS service, please read here
Guide by EW
Edited by IB