Eye Injury and Vision Loss Claims
Vehicle accidents often result in multiple injuries of different severities. Based on the nature and extent of the injury, it is possible to claim financial compensation to recover treatment costs to some extent, and eye injuries are no exception. If you or your loved ones have suffered eye injury or experienced problems with vision after an accident, make sure to get the best treatment at the earliest opportunity. However, do remember that it is possible to recover treatment expenses by filing a claim for compensation with the help of an established claims solicitor.
We feel that it is important for you to fully understand the severity of the injury – what part of the eye is hurt and to what extent, how exactly it will affect normal vision, and what’ll be the long-term impact, etc. This helps claim a fair compensation not only to tide over the treatment costs but also the resultant trauma. Do make sure to gather all medical records of the treatment administered.
Structure of the eye:
This camera in the human body is made of several active parts arranged one behind the other to capture a clear image of the object in front of it.
The cornea, iris and pupil at the front eye control the amount of light that passes through the eye to reach the lens. The lens then focuses light onto the photo/light-sensitive nerve called retina located at the back of the eye. Light falling on the retina triggers electrical impulses that are carried to the brain via the optic nerve and further processed to create images.
Thus, the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, retina, and optic nerve, along with the surrounding muscles and supporting vitreous ensure perfect vision. Injury to any or all these parts can result in vision problems.
Possible damages/impact and compensation:
Your treatment report will give you a fair idea about the injured eye part and the treatment administered. Are you entitled to claim for compensation for injuries? Yes, even if the injury isn’t severe and the pain is, or it takes a while to heal completely.
Your solicitor will arrive at a reasonable compensation based on physical trauma and pain you’ve been through and any financial losses you’ve incurred because of the injury, but only after checking out the legal limits and compensations awarded to earlier eye injury claims.
The pain and suffering caused by the eye injury will be assessed and a suitable compensation will be advised based on the type of injury, how painful it is, how long it takes to treat, how long the symptoms last, and how it affects your daily life. Financial losses arising from treatment and rehabilitation costs, loss of income, and travel expenses if any will also be factored into the final compensation amount.
Based on eye injury claims cleared about three years ago, you can expect a compensation of:
- £1,500 to £3,000 for small injuries that heal in a few weeks or months with no recurring symptoms
- £3,000 to £7,000 for small, yet painful injuries that heal with time, usually caused by contact with chemicals or direct impact to the front of the eye
- £7,000 to £30,000 if there is a severe permanent decline in vision in one eye
In case of the worse injuries that lead to loss of vision in one eye, compensation of up to £40,000 can be claimed, while blindness in both eyes can fetch a maximum of £200,000 as compensation, given the severe impact the injury has on the life of the accident victim and his or her family.
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