Claiming compensation for damage to sight


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Thursday 12 April 2018


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People who have suffered an accident that was not their fault and now have loss of sight, as a result, could expect to receive the following in compensation;

 

Severity Compensation
Transient Eye Injuries£1,760 to £3,150
Minor Eye Injuries£3,150 to £6,960
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye£7,270 to £43,710
Total Loss of One Eye£43,710 to £52,360
Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Remaining Eye£50,970 to £143,270
Total Blindnessin the region of £214,210
Total Blindness and Deafnessin the region of £322,060

 

Loss of sight is typically defined as the partial or complete loss of ability to perceive the environment, the lack of functionality can be unilateral (one eye) or bilateral (both eyes).

Impairment to eye function can have severe effects on your day to day life. The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIBP) recognise the devastating effects losing your sight can have. Although RNIBP also champion the adaptability and resilience of people who have been affected by sight loss, the process of losing your sight cab be similar to bereavement.

With the exception of genetic defects causing blindness - loss of, or damage to sight can occur for a variety of reasons, some of which include;

  • Objects penetrating or scraping the eye
  • Head Injuries
  • Grit stuck in the eye
  • Bright lights such as a welders arc
  • Medical negligence
  • A direct blow to the eye
  • Chemicals and substances

 

Employers are legally responsible for your wellbeing at work. If your accident that resulted in loss of vision occurred in the workplace then you may want to review the following;

  • Did your employer have the correct health and safety procedures in place?
  • Did you receive training for certain procedures in the workplace?
  • Were you provided with correct safety equipment?
  • Were you asked to perform a task that you were not qualified to do?

 

An employer owes you a duty of care and if that duty of care was broken in an act of negligence, causing you injury, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation to help in your recovery.

Accident Line Direct will try to arrange a No Win No Fee agreement between you and the solicitor so that you don’t have to enter into any financial risk when making a claim. If you would like more information on how we process a claim then we will be happy to answer any of your questions by telephone or email.

Accident Line Direct use solicitors with years of industry experience and success. Contact us for a free, no obligation discussion about your case. Financial compensation may not get your sight back, but it can be helpful in other ways such as providing for your family whilst you take time off work to recover.

 

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