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Eye Injury Compensation Claims

Having your eyesight impaired or even completely lost is life changing. Our eyesight is arguably one of the most important senses that we have. To know that this was taken away due to medical negligence can be extremely distressing and traumatic. An eye injury compensation claim can sound like a dauting issue, but with us as your personal injury solicitor you need not worry.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for An Eye Injury?

The amount of eye injury compensation received varies greatly, depending on the severity of the case.

As a guide the general damages court guidelines does offer some approximations
  • Total blindness: Approx £229,260
  • Complete loss of site on one eye: Approx £42,000 - £46,000
  • Serious loss of vision in one eye: Approx £20,000 - £33,000
  • Total loss of one eye: Approx £36,000 - £56,000
  • Loss of site in one eye with reduced vision in the other: Approx £81,000 - £150,000
  • Minor eye injury: Approx £3,000 - £7,000
We assess every eye injury claim individually, taking the specific details into account. This means your compensation amount will be unique and appropriate to your circumstances.

The amount of monetary compensation must also account for things like lost wages, lost amenities, and the price of ongoing care, rehabilitation, and support. Read more in our brochure, personal injury compensation explained.

What Kind of Eye Injury Can I Make a Claim For?

There is a chance that a compensation claim will be made if a serious injury was brought on by another party's negligence. When it comes to eyes, any kind of injury, no matter how minor, can have a big impact on everyday life.

The kinds of eye injury you could claim for include, but are not exclusive to:
  • Loss of an eye
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Damaged or detached retinas
  • Damage to the cornea
  • Haemorrhages or bleeding around the eye
  • Broken eye sockets
  • Penetration by a foreign body

How Can Negligence Cause Sight Loss?

  • A delay in diagnosis, test results and prescribing medication
  • Misdiagnosis of an eye condition or even the severity of the condition
  • Mismanagement
  • Other conditions were not properly treated which led to sight loss
Negligence can be found not just at hospitals and at doctors’ surgeries, but also with opticians. Opticians or eye surgeons may be responsible for an eye injury if:
  • A full checklist of eye examination is not completed
  • There was misdiagnosis, or no diagnosis, of an eye condition
  • The incorrect strength of glasses or contact lenses in prescribed
  • Poor/incorrect equipment was used for eye surgery
  • There were poor conditions for eye surgery
An eye injury claim can also be made if you’ve had an eye injury at work or part of a car crash compensation claim that wasn’t your fault.

How Long Do I Have to Make an Eye Injury Compensation Claim?

There are incredibly limited time frames in the UK during which you can file a claim for an eye injury that wasn’t your fault. A three-year deadline applies to any allegations of negligence.

The deadline begins to run as of the alleged date of eye injury occurring or you became aware that negligence was to blame for your injury or impairment.

Despite the fact that three years may seem like a long time, in some circumstances it is a relatively short time to realise wrongdoing. Therefore, be sure to conduct independent inquiries as soon as you can before coming to our knowledgeable team if you think you have a claim for eye injury compensation.

How Much Does It Cost to Make an Eye Injury Claim?

Our eye injury solicitors work based on no-win-no-fee. Our personal injury and medical negligence experts will consult with you to determine whether your unique circumstances and prior experiences are sufficient to support filing an eye injury claim.

You have nothing to lose by contacting our experts if you believe you may have been the victim of negligence. Fees would be involved if your case was successful, but we make sure you are aware of everything before you embark on this journey with us.

Our skilled eye injury solicitor team can assist you in navigating the legal system since they have a plethora of information and experience.

How to Claim Compensation for An Eye Injury?

Step 1, make an enquiry: Contact us without cost. You won't have anything to lose by giving us a call because of our "no win, no fee" policy. As a result of this arrangement, you won't be required to pay anything for your legal counsel if your case is unsuccessful and you participated fully throughout the legal procedure.

Over the phone, our personal injury claims solicitors can evaluate your case for free and determine whether the claim has a good chance of succeeding.

Step 2, preliminary assessment: To enable the fullest understanding of the standard of care and how it has affected your life, we will gather information regarding the treatment you received.

Your eye injury solicitor will consider the details of your case, including whether it has a good chance of succeeding.

To be successful, we, as your eye injury solicitors, will need to prove that:
  1. The medical professionals who treated you provided substandard treatment, below what would reasonably be expected (known legally as a ‘breach of duty’); and
  2. As a result of that substandard treatment, you have suffered an injury, resulting in pain and loss of amenity such as, financial loss (known legally as proving ‘causation’).
If we believe that your case has sufficient prospects to succeed, we will be able to advise you upon the possible funding methods available to you and how best to proceed.

Step 3, medical records: The hospitals will be asked for copies of your medical records and general practitioner notes. After receiving them, our specialised eye injury solicitors will carefully evaluate them in order to pinpoint the precise instances of poor care or negligence that led to harm or loss.

Step 4, negotiations: The defendant will get a Letter of Claim stating your claims in accordance with the expert medical evidence when you have secured supporting medical proof that satisfies the required legal standards.

The defendant will have approximately four months to reflect on our claims, gather their own proof, and confirm their position regarding liability, i.e., acknowledge, deny, or ask us for evidence.

Before attempting to negotiate the claims value, the parties will work together to determine the amount of any harm or causality if the defendant admits liability and acknowledges that a breach of duty has occurred.
Following negations with the defendant, Mr X was offered £250,000 gross of the interim payments of £52,009 to settle the claim. Mr X accepted this offer and was very thankful for our assistance with his claim.
Absolutely amazing service, I had an accident back in 2016 and they fought tooth and nail to get me the treatment and pay out that I deserved, my case handler Amy kept me informed throughout the entire process. I would definitely recommend Howells to anyone.
From start to finish my daughter’s medical negligence claim was handled brilliantly. Communication was excellent and her case was handled sensitively and professionally, with a successful outcome at the end.
Excellent service as always, Highly recommended wouldn't use anybody else , always on hand to help and advice . Thank you!!!!!

Paul Gander
Sue dealt with my personal injury claim with professionalism at all times. She kept both myself and my son fully informed throughout the process and always responded to queries quickly and efficiently. I would have no hesitation in using this firm again.

Stuart Marks
I recently used Howells' for a claim. After an initial telephone conversation, Amy (our assigned representative) went through the process of our potential claim. She outlined time frames and the strength of our case. We ended up receiving compensation above our expectations. I was thoroughly impressed the team from Howells and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. They handled the whole process in a manner which inspired confidence, knowing that we were in good hands.

Simon Marks
Howells have been fantastic when dealing with my claim and i would recommend them to anyone. I would like to thank Sue for her outstanding service and patience throughout my case. You were great and I cannot thank you enough for the end result. Also thank you to Glendora and Amy for all your help. 5* service all round

Gavin Herbert
Life changing issues affected our daughter due to a misdiagnosis and then catalogue of errors. We are so grateful to Sue and the team and the lovely Glendora! Thank you so much for all your hard work, perseverance and pure doggedness. Hopefully this has saved another family from having to go through this! Amazing service from such nice people! Enjoy the hamper!

Case Study: Medical Negligence Loss of Sight

D v Moorfields Eye Hospital

This claim relates to the insertion of an incorrect strength lens during cataract surgery which required additional surgery to remove the incorrect lens and replace this with a new one. This required the claimant to undergo a second operation which would otherwise have been avoided, fortunately a full recovery was made after a relatively short period of additional discomfort and blurred vision.

The claim was successfully concluded and damages were awarded in the sum of £7,500.00.

Has Your Eyesight Been Affected?

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors here at Howells Solicitors are here to help you make eye injury claims. Whether you have suffered a loss of sight in one eye or battled through blurred vision after improper medical care, you can have a case for eye injury compensation.

Get in touch today to see how we can help you get the recompense you deserve.
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Meet the Key Individuals

Sue Edwards
Sue Edwards

Head of Medical
Negligence and Personal
Injury Department
Cardiff Office

Thomas Stride
Thomas Stride

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow)

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Amy Downey
Amy Downey
Legal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence

Glendora Hendrickson
Glendora Hendrickson
Personal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

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