Loss of Sight Compensation Claims

If you or a loved one has lost their sight - permanently, partially or temporarily - due to an eye injury caused by another person's negligence, Spencers serious injury claim solicitors can help.

Being able to see is one of the most obvious things that most of us take for granted. Along with our ability to hear and to talk, it's such a vital part of our makeup that we'd only realise how much we rely on it if it were ever taken from us.

Accidents can rob people of their sight in a heartbeat. Loss of sight accidents turn the victim's and their families lives, upside down, instantly.

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How do people come to suffer eye injury?

According to the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind), there are more than 2 million people living with sight loss in the UK. The majority of sight loss is caused by factors, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes.

Nevertheless, every year in the UK, people suffer the loss of sight as a result of eye injuries that result from accidents. If the accident was caused by the negligence (fault) of another party, then the victim of the accident may be able to make a personal injury negligence claim for loss of sight compensation.

Road Traffic Accidents

Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, cycling accidents – in fact, any type of road traffic accident collision could be the cause of serious eye injury. It's not always the case that the collision has to be of a kind where serious injury seems inevitable. Glass getting into the eyes from a shattered windscreen or the side window of a vehicle, could be the result of a minor collision. Minor collision or not, the result may be the loss of sight in one eye or both.

If site loss or another type of eye injury results from an accident that was the fault of another driver, then the victim of the injury will have a strong case for making a loss of sight compensation claim against the negligent party.

Accidents at Work

The workplace, particularly if that place is an industrial setting, is somewhere that the risk of serious injury is ever-present. Fortunately, because employers owe their employees a duty of care to keep them safe when carrying out their duties, the greater the potential hazard, the more stringent are the rules and regulations imposed on employers.

Other types of accident that could cause loss of sight

  • Accidents in public places
  • Sports injury accidents
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Medical Negligence - loss of sight caused by a failure to diagnose/misdiagnose a serious eye condition or by botched eye surgery.

In addition to the general duty of care that employers owe to their workers, Acts of Parliament such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW), the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1992 impose specific legal duties on employers to take steps to minimise risks to the wellbeing of employees. Some examples of where these regulations are designed to protect the eyes are:

  • The requirement to provide goggles to protect against the risk of chemical splashes for those who handle chemicals
  • The provision of eye protection to avoid debris, splinters, grit or dust getting into the eyes of workers in the construction industry, factory machine operators, road workers etc
  • Provision of hard hats on building sites and for others whose job puts them at risk from falling objects. A head injury can cause visual problems including loss of eyesight.
  • Eye protectors to guard against bright light e.g. welders

If employers fail to comply with the regulations that apply or otherwise are in breach of duty to provide a safe place and safe system of work to their employee, they may be liable if their worker loses their sight, as a result.

Can I claim eye injury compensation after an accident for a temporary loss of eyesight?

It is possible to claim for a temporary loss of vision, partial loss of eyesight, loss of sight in one eye or other kinds of eye damage, as long as:

  • The person or organisation you hold responsible for the accident owed you a duty of care.
  • They breached that duty of care by failing to do something or by doing something that they shouldn’t have done, and
  • Their actions (or their lack of action) caused you to lose your eyesight.

What can I claim for in a loss of sight claim?

As well as claiming compensation (damages) for the pain and suffering that you have been caused, your claim may include:

  1. The cost of future medical treatment
  2. Loss of earnings
  3. Loss of future earnings
  4. Travel expenses
  5. Specialist equipment
  6. Rehabilitation
  7. Home adaptation

Can I make a No Win, No Fee claim?

In most cases involving loss of eyesight compensation claims, we can act for you by asking you to enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA for short. This is what is commonly referred to as a No Win, No Fee agreement.

By using a No Win, No Fee agreement it means that if we win your case, most of our costs in acting for you will be paid by the Insurers of the person or organisation responsible for your injury. The remaining amount of your costs will be deducted from the compensation that you receive. The maximum amount of costs we are able to take will be capped at an agreed percentage of your compensation (not exceeding 25%).

You will not have to pay any legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful.

How long have I got to make a loss of eyesight claim?

You have 3 years from the date of the accident within which to make a claim. However, you would be advised to contact a solicitor at the earliest opportunity after your accident. There is a lot of work to be done before your claim will be ready to negotiate a settlement on.

If a settlement cannot be achieved with the other party's insurance company then your solicitor will need to start court proceedings. It is court proceedings that need to be started within 3 years.

What do I need to do to start my personal injury claim for loss of eyesight?

The first thing that we would recommend, is that you choose a solicitor who is not only a personal injury specialist but also a specialist serious injury solicitor. At Spencers Solicitors, we have a dedicated Serious Injury Team who specialise in the more complex and serious injury claims, including loss of sight compensation claims.

Contact Spencers Solicitors

Spencers have obtained millions of pounds worth of compensation on behalf of seriously injured clients. Call us now on 08000 93 00 94 for a completely free and without obligation discussion.

One of our expert personal injury solicitors will go through the circumstances of the accident and injury you have suffered with you. They'll advise whether they that you have reasonable prospects of being able to make a claim. If they do think your prospects of making a successful claim are reasonable, it will be a matter for you to decide whether to ask us to act for you or to go elsewhere for assistance.

We hope that you'll decide to entrust your case to us. We know that we’ll take good care of you and obtain not only the maximum compensation but ensure that we look after you throughout the claim, by helping you to get the necessary rehabilitation you need, by obtaining interim payments to ease any financial worries, whilst you wait for the case to be concluded and by being there every step of the way.

Call Spencers Solicitors now on 08000 93 00 94. Alternatively, you can leave your details online, so that we can call you back.

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