Loss of Sight Compensation Claims – No Win, No Fee
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
The loss of sight is a devastating and life-altering event that can have profound physical, emotional, and financial consequences for those affected. When this loss occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is imperative that individuals seek compensation to help them cope with the challenges they face. Loss of sight compensation claims provide a legal avenue for individuals to pursue financial reparation for the harm they have endured.
Whilst most loss of sight injuries are accidental, there are those which are caused as a result of someone else’s negligence. If you have suffered due to negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation for loss of sight injuries.
Contact Beacon Law today to speak to one of our specialist eyesight compensation claims solicitors for a free, no obligation, initial consultation.
Common accidents that lead to loss of sight compensation claims
Loss of sight compensation claims can arise from a variety of accidents and incidents where negligence or wrongdoing has resulted in the loss of vision. Some common accidents that may lead to such claims include:
- Workplace Accidents: Occupational injuries can result in blindness, especially in industries where there is a risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals, flying debris, or sharp objects. Employers may be held liable for inadequate safety measures.
- Clinical negligence: Surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or improper medical treatment can lead to vision impairment. Medical negligence cases where healthcare professionals fail to provide appropriate care or make errors during eye surgeries may result in medical negligence claims.
- Car Accidents: Traumatic head injuries, facial injuries, or foreign objects penetrating the eyes in car accidents can lead to vision loss. Negligent drivers or defective vehicle components may be held responsible.
- Sports and Recreational Activities: Eye injuries during sports or recreational activities can cause blindness. In some cases, product liability claims against manufacturers of defective sports equipment may be relevant.
- Chemical Exposure: A chemical burn to the eye, whether at home, at work, or through environmental contamination, can lead to vision impairment. Manufacturers or those responsible for the exposure may be liable.
6.Assaults and Attacks: Physical assaults or attacks involving objects that cause eye injuries and loss of sight may result in claims against the responsible parties. This may involve criminal and civil proceedings.
7. Defective Products: Products such as contact lenses, prescription drugs, or consumer goods that cause eye injuries due to defects or lack of proper warnings may lead to product liability claims.
8. Recreational Activities: Activities like fireworks, paintball, or laser tag can result in eye injuries when safety precautions are not taken.
9. Eye Surgery Complications: Complications during elective eye surgeries may lead to vision loss. Surgeons or healthcare facilities may be held accountable for medical malpractice.
It is essential to note that the specific circumstances surrounding each case will determine the viability of a loss of sight compensation claim. Legal professionals experienced in personal injury or medical malpractice law can help individuals assess their situations and navigate the legal process to seek compensation for their vision loss.
What is the loss of sight compensation claims process?
During your initial consultation, our personal injury solicitors will provide you with legal advice about eye injury claims and will inform you about the relevant limitation rules.
Our personal injury lawyers will then ask you for details about your accident and the initial injuries that were suffered as a result. This will help our injury lawyers to assess the likelihood of your claim being successful. Examples of the relevant information that our lawyers may ask for include the location, time, and date of the accident, the nature of the personal injuries suffered, details of anyone who may have witnessed the car accident, details of the defendant, and the circumstances surrounding the accident.
During these initial stages of your claim for compensation, it is vital that you gather the relevant evidence to support your claim. Relevant evidence may include CCTV footage of the incident, medical records, photographs of your injuries, and witness statements.
Your personal injury solicitor may also ask that you undergo an official medical examination in order to receive medical reports about the loss of sight injuries that you have sustained. These medical reports will provide vital medical evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries. Even if you have received other medical care prior to starting your personal injury claim, a more thorough medical assessment may still be needed to produce detailed, accurate, and reliable medical reports.
If we think that your loss of sight claim would be likely to succeed, we will offer to proceed with your claim on a no win no fee basis; if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay any legal fees.
The defendant will be notified about your claim, after which point, they will need to decide whether they accept liability for your injuries. If the defendant accepts liability, negotiations for a settlement fee can commence. If the defendant denies their liability, court proceedings may follow.
What are the time limits for loss of sight compensation claims?
Before starting your claim for compensation, it is important to note that there are strict time limits on personal injury claims. From the date of the accident that caused the eyesight injuries, the injured party will have 3 years in which to commence proceedings for claiming compensation.
It must be noted, however, that there are some exceptions to this rule:
For example, if the claimant was under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, they have until their 21st birthday to make their loss of sight compensation claim. In the meantime, provided that the claimant is still under the age of 18, a litigation friend such as a parent, guardian, or close family member could claim compensation on their behalf.
Another exception to the 3 year time limit occurs when the claimant who has suffered an eyesight injury does not have the mental capacity to begin their compensation claim. Rather than being limited to making a claim within 3 years from the date of the incident, the claimant is entitled to begin their compensation claim at any moment in time once they regain the mental capacity to do so.
What amount of compensation could I receive?
The amount of compensation awarded will aim to put the claimant in the position they were in before the accident that resulted in loss of sight took place. The amount of compensation awarded will depend on the type of injuries suffered, as well as the severity of these injuries.
General damages that could be awarded will also depend on the impact that the loss of sight has had on the claimant’s daily life, whether any long term care is needed, and whether any structural adaptations need to be made to the claimant’s home in order to assist their new way of living.
Special damages will also be awarded to compensate for any further financial loss that the claimant has suffered as a result of their original injury. This could include loss of sight compensation for a loss of earnings due to the time spent off work, loss of future earnings if the claimant has been left unable to work, the cost of medical treatment, travel costs, and the cost of ongoing care if this is needed.
We advise that you keep evidence of all financial losses suffered as a result of your injuries. This could include receipts and invoices from medical treatment and evidence of any loss of earnings.
Due to the complex nature of loss of sight injuries, it may be difficult for our personal injury solicitors to provide you with an exact estimation of the amount of compensation you could be awarded. Undergoing a medical assessment will provide a more accurate report on the injuries that have been sustained and will help when calculating the amount of compensation that you could be awarded alongside judicial college guidelines
If money is needed to cover any immediate costs, interim payments may be awarded. Interim payments are where a portion of the future compensation amount is paid to the claimant in advance. Interim payments will likely be made in circumstances where the claimant has been left unable to work as a result of their injuries. Interim payments may also be made if the claimant is forced to cover immediate expenses following the accident that they were involved in.
How can Beacon Law assist you?
Whilst pursuing a loss of sight compensation claim, Beacon Law can be your source of support and will help you recover the amount of compensation that you deserve. We understand that the process of loss of sight cases can be difficult, so we will be there to guide you every step of the way.
We offer our services on a conditional fee agreement, otherwise known as a no win, no fee agreement, meaning that you will not be liable to this firm for our fees if your claim does not succeed.
After suffering loss of sight injuries, we believe that you should have access to the best possible medical care and support available, and we endeavour to provide this to our clients. Due to our association with medical professionals, we are able to provide you with private treatment to assist you in your recovery.
We value each client that we have the pleasure of working with, listen carefully to our clients’ wishes, and will aim to complete your claim for loss of sight in a timely manner so that you can receive the compensation that you deserve as soon as possible. If you have developed a loss of sight injury due to an accident that was not your fault, please get in touch today.