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If you want to start a claim for an eye accident, then you should discuss your case with a lawyer specialising in eye accident claims such as Tylers Solicitors. This will ensure that your claim has the best chance of success because we have the competence and professional expertise required to process a claim for eye injuries.
If you want to proceed with your eye accident injury compensation claim, then you should call Tylers Solicitors freephone on 0800 699 0079, and we can then proceed to talk you through your eye accident injury compensation claim. Alternatively, if you are on your mobile phone, you can call 0333 577 0320, which is free to call with free minutes on your mobile phone.
Of the five human senses, sight is probably the most valuable we have as we depend so much on it to be able to function properly in everyday life. Any loss of vision can have a devastating and debilitating impact on anyone who has been unfortunate enough to suffer such incapacitating impairment. Not being able to observe the world around you or even see the faces of loved ones anymore is undoubtedly an understandably frightening prospect for anyone who has relatively good vision in one or both eyes. Losing eyesight is an upsetting prospect even at the best of times but is perhaps even worse when whatever caused that loss was not your fault but that of someone else. About 120,000 people are affected by injuries to their eyes every year in the UK with around half of all these cases being amongst people under the age of 25.
Due to the complex and sensitive nature of the eyes, it is relatively easy for them to sustain damage and the impairment can range in severity from mild, temporary discomfort to permanent blindness. As a consequence, injuries to this most complex and sensitive part of the body can be particularly painful and cause severe anguish for the person affected. The impact loss of vision or the physical loss of an eye can have on the lives of those affected cannot be underestimated and, when it has been caused by someone else, may prompt victims to seek the services of experienced personal injury solicitors like Tylers. If you have lost sight partially or fully in one or both eyes as a result of an accident or someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a loss of eye or eye injury compensation claim.
Anatomy of the eye
The eye is the organ of sight that detects light and converts it into electro-chemical impulses in neurons. This extremely complex and specialised organ works by collecting light from the surrounding environment and regulating the amount of light entering the eye through the diaphragm of the iris, focusing it through the lens to form an image on the retina on the back inside surface of the eye. This image is then converted into electrical signals which are then sent to the brain through complex neural pathways that connect the eye via the optic nerve to the visual cortex and other areas of the brain. The eye relies on all these different components working together in synchronisation which is why damage to just one of these particular parts of the organ can cause either temporary or permanent loss of sight in the affected individual depending on the severity of damage sustained.
Physical damage from impact injuries may be so catastrophic that the eye cannot be saved and must be surgically removed. Alternatively, too much light entering the eye at any one time can damage the cells of the retina where light is focused. Laser eye surgery may be an option to correct this particular kind of eye injury and is, more often than not, very successful in restoring and improving sight in the patient by better concentrating light onto the retina. However, as is the case with surgery of any kind, laser eye surgery also carries significant risks which is why there is a normally such a long period of time between surgery for each eye should something go wrong so that the patient still at least has some limited vision in one eye. If something does go wrong, you will be able to make a clinical negligence compensation claim with Tylers.
Different types of eye injury and their causes
Most eye injuries are caused by trauma from foreign objects striking and penetrating the eye area at high speed with many of these particular injuries being caused by sporting activities. They can also be caused by scratches, electric shocks, cuts and irritation, heat and chemical burns and impact injuries to the head and face. Eye injuries resulting from the involvement of foreign bodies are commonly caused by road traffic accidents where fragments of glass from the shattered windows of the vehicles involved in the accident strike and penetrate the eye causing extreme pain and blurred vision. The impact of the airbag deploying against the face in a car crash can also cause lasting damage to the eye socket.
Eye injuries resulting from impact happen when the eye strikes or is struck by a solid object travelling at high speed. Impact injuries can result from violent assaults and muggings where the victim receives a blow to the eye area from a weapon or the assailant’s fist and the subsequent fall to the ground. These injuries can also happen after falling to the ground as a result of general slips and trips and falls from height. Infiltration of the eye from harmful and dangerous chemicals in industrial accidents at work can also lead to potentially serious long-term ocular damage with short-term symptoms including redness, swelling and burning pain. Exposure to extremely bright light when welding or from looking at molten metal or from ultra-violet light from the Sun when working outdoors and not being provided with the correct protective eyewear can also cause serious eye damage and heighten the sensitivity of the eyes to light.
How are eye injuries treated?
A range of different treatments currently exist concerning eye injuries and depend on the particular injury suffered by the patient. This list is by no means comprehensive, but the following injuries are amongst the most commonly recorded. They, along with their treatments include:
- Puncturing – This injury may require emergency surgery to prevent permanent damage and minimise vision loss for the patient.
- Scratched eye (Corneal Abrasion) – This is much less serious than puncturing and requires simple monitoring after the initial visit to the ophthalmologist to prevent the development of further complications such as infections.
- Traumatic Iritis – This is inflammation of the iris caused by impact injuries. These injuries usually require some form of advanced medical treatment and may lead to permanent decreased vision in the eyes.
- Hyphemas – This is bleeding in the space between the cornea and iris caused by surgery, blunt trauma and laceration. In more severe cases, Hyphemas may also be treated with surgery but usually simply require bed rest with the bed being set at a 45-degree angle.
- Orbital Blowout Fractures – These are cracks or breaks in the bones of the face surrounding the eye and are caused by severe blunt force trauma. Treatment depends on severity with the most serious cases requiring reconstructive surgery to rebuild the architecture of the eye.
- Chemical burns – These injuries frequently involve caustic substances like acids and alkalis and can be treated by simply putting the head under a stream of barely warm tap water for about 15 minutes which may be enough to wash out the offending substance. Stronger acids and alkalis with lower and higher pH levels respectively will require further medical treatment.
- Eye swelling – This commonly results from impact injuries and can be simply treated with the application of ice.
What other types of eye injury or diseases are there?
- Black Eye
- Chemical Injury To Eye
- Corneal Abrasions
- Corneal Lacerations
- Eye Injury in Construction
- Eye Socket Fracture
- Foreign Body In Eye
- Macular Pucker
- Eye Cancer
- Loss of Eye
- Cut of Eye
- Loss of Sight
- Acanthamoeba Keratitis
- Bacterial Keratitis
- Fungal Keratitis
- Herpes Keratitis
- River Blindness
- Sty in the Eye
- Eye Redness
- Fractured Eye Socket
How much compensation could I be entitled to?
Fortunately, most recorded eye injuries are relatively minor, but some injuries to the eye can be extremely serious in nature. The amount you may be entitled to if the accident which caused the damage was someone else’s fault depends on various factors relating to the particular circumstances surrounding the accident itself. These include where and when the accident happened, how the accident happened, how much you have lost financially as a result of having to take time off work to recover and to what extent you are expected to recuperate in the long-term. For you to have the best chance of being awarded a compensation settlement with which you are satisfied, the accident must have happened less than three years ago, and you must be able to prove that it was not your fault.
Eye injuries vary greatly in severity from the lower end of the scale where damage is only very minor and temporary to the upper end where damage is severe and permanent. For minor eye injuries you can expect to receive between £1,400 and £2,500, and for minor injuries where you have suffered more pain as a result of chemical infiltration of the eyes or minor impact injuries with no lasting long-term damage, amounts of between £2,500 and £5,500 can be expected. For serious damage to vision in just one eye where vision is relatively significantly affected, amounts of between £5,500 and £25,000 are not uncommon, and for injuries that have resulted in blindness in one or both eyes, you could be awarded up to £35,000 and £173,000 respectively.
How can compensation help?
Though far from being a silver bullet, compensation can go a long way towards helping you get back to living a life that as closely as possible resembles the life you lived before sustaining your eye injury. Personal injury compensation settlements are awarded for financial losses and the general pain and suffering you have had to endure as a result of the eye damage you have sustained. Financial loss covers any costs you might have incurred during recovery including medical fees for physical and medicinal treatment and travelling expenses amassed as a result of travelling to and from medical appointments. Compensation for financial loss can also cover any alterations you may have had to make to your home or car to help you better adapt to and cope with the new circumstances in which you find yourself. It can also pay for lost income if you have had to take time off work while recovering or if you have had to stop working completely as a result of your injury.
Give Tylers a call today
There can be no doubting the impact losing sight can have on the life of someone affected. Recent technological advances are giving renewed hope to many blind and partially-sighted people, and there are increasing reasons to be positive as nearly every day; relentless progress towards fully restoring eyesight in affected people is being made thanks to pioneering scientific research. In the meantime and until a cure for complete blindness is discovered, compensation can go at least some way towards helping you rebuild your life if you have suffered an accident that has damaged your eyesight to such an extent.
Whatever the circumstances were surrounding your accident, as long as it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors have many years of combined experience in dealing with the loss of an eye and eye injury compensation claims. We will guide you through the process every step of the way and help you win an amount you deserve based on the extent of the damage sustained by your eyes. So don’t delay, give Tylers a call today to see if you can make a claim and take that brave first step towards rebuilding your life and getting back on track.
If you have suffered a loss of eye or eye injury as a result of an accident or someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.