Our expertise in eye injury claims
We offer extensive expertise for all types of eye injury and visual impairment claims, whether as a result of a personal injury, clinical negligence or criminal injury, for people all over England and Wales.
With decades of experience handling even the most high value and complex claims, our personal injury lawyers and medical negligence lawyers offer the skills and knowledge to secure fair compensation for you as quickly and smoothly as possible.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area.
Our team has also been recognised by the two leading client guides to the legal profession Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims, with the Legal 500 ranking us Tier 1 for Personal Injury: Claimant.
Types of eye injury claims we deal with
We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:
- Eye surgery negligence claims
- Claims for diabetes negligence leading to visual impairment
- Claims for misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of serious eye conditions
- Eye injuries and visual impairment due to prescription errors
- Eye injury at work claims
- Criminal eye injury claims
To find out more about our specific expertise relevant to your situation, please get in touch.
How we handle eye injury compensation claims
We know most people would prefer to avoid the stress and uncertainty of court action, so we seek to secure out-of-court settlements for eye injury claims wherever possible.
This less confrontational approach can typically save you a significant amount of time and money without compromising on the level of compensation available.
However, where an out-of-court settlement cannot be agreed, we also have the strong court experience needed to ensure we can achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Out-of-court settlements for eye injury claims
By focusing on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, we usually agree a voluntary settlement for most types of eye injury claims, allowing you to avoid the need for a court hearing.
This means we can usually get you fair compensation faster and with lower legal costs, allowing you to get the support you need sooner.
Court proceedings for eye injury compensation
Our eye injury claims lawyers have the skills and experience to handle your claim effectively at every stage of court proceedings, from preparing your case, exploring the possibility of pre-hearing settlements, representing you in court and pursuing appeals where appropriate.
We recognise that many people find the idea of going to court intimidating, so we will make sure you are as prepared as possible. Your legal team will talk through every stage of the proceedings with you, making sure you have a clear understanding of what to expect and what is required of you. We will also ensure you have all of the emotional support you need during the hearing itself.
As well as our own expertise, we also have strong links with specialist barristers and other professionals. This means we can call on all the necessary skills and knowledge to help you get the best available outcome, no matter how complex your case.
Our team have dealt with claims at every level, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. As a result, we can provide experienced advice and representation for every stage of the appeals process.
Our no win no fee eye injury compensation claims service
If the potential cost of making an eye injury claim is putting you off, we offer no win, no fee deals allowing you to avoid any upfront cost for starting a claim.
Formally known as ‘conditional fee agreements’, no win, no fee deals mean that, as the name suggests, you will only need to cover our legal fees if we win compensation for you.
We aim for complete transparency when it comes to the cost of making an eye injury claims, so will clearly explain how our fees work and any third-party costs, such as court fees that may be involved. That way you can have complete certainty over the costs involved in claiming eye injury compensation with IBB.
When can you claim compensation for an eye injury?
To be able to claim compensation for an eye injury or loss of vision, you will need to show that it was caused by one of the following:
- Negligent medical treatment
- An accident caused by someone else
- Criminal action e.g. assault
Whatever the circumstances, you will also need to show that they directly led to or contributed to your eye injury or loss of vision.
How much compensation can you get for eye injury?
The level of compensation for an eye injury or visual impairment will depend on a number of factors, including:
- How serious is the eye injury/loss of vision
- Whether it is both eyes or just one eye that is affected
- The impact this has had on your life
- Any direct financial consequences you have suffered e.g. paying for treatment, loss of income etc.
- Any future financial losses you expect to suffer due to your injury e.g. loss of future earning potential
- Your pain and suffering
Compensation for eye injuries is usually split into two types of damages:
Financial Losses and Expenses – For specific financial losses, including treatment costs, buying specialist equipment and loss of income.
General Compensation – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes.
Our eye injury claims solicitors can provide an estimate of the likely value of your claim, giving you a clear indication of how much compensation you may be able to secure before you decide whether to move forward with your claim.
How much compensation for loss of sight?
If you have suffered the total loss of your vision due to medical negligence, a personal injury or criminal injury, the compensation available is likely to be very substantial.
Six-figure settlements are not uncommon, although the ultimate value will depend on the particular impact on your life.
How much compensation for loss of sight in one eye?
If you have lost the sight in one eye, the compensation will generally be significantly less that for total loss of vision in both eyes, however, the damages are still likely to be in the tens of thousands of pounds.
We will be happy to provide an estimate of the value of your eye injury claim, so please get in touch to find out more.
How long does it take to get eye injury compensation?
This will depend on the circumstances, but many claims take around 18 months to 2 years to settle.
Claims that can be settled out of court can often be resolved much faster than if court proceedings are required. This means that if the defendant is willing to admit liability and make a reasonable offer of settlement, compensation can often be secured relatively quickly.
Does eye injury compensation affect benefits?
Any compensation you receive could be considered as part of your assets in relation to means-tested benefits. However, you can avoid this issue by placing your compensation into a personal injury trust.
Compensation placed into a personal injury trusts will not normally affect your entitlement to any means tested benefits. This means you should not lose out on any benefits that you rely on or may need to rely on in future.
Time limits for claiming compensation for an eye injury
You normally have 3 years to bring a claim for eye injury compensation against a person or organisation, however, this can vary depending on the circumstances.
If the claimant is under 18 – The child’s parents or guardians can bring a claim until the claimant turns 18. The claimant can then bring their own claim up until their 21st birthday.
If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to bring an eye injury claim – There is no time limit for someone else to claim on their behalf.
If you need to claim compensation for a criminal eye injury through the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority - You will normally need to do so within 2 years of the injury occurring.
Get in touch with our expert eye injury claims solicitors today
To arrange your free consultation on starting an eye injury compensation claim, please call us on 0333 323 1640, email us at email@example.com or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.