Every year in the UK a staggering 120,000 people suffer eye injuries. Perhaps troublingly, more than 50% of these injuries are suffered by those who are under the age of 25.
Many of these injuries are sustained in the kinds of accidents for which people could not reasonably expect to claim compensation for. These would normally be sustained in sporting or recreational activities, where liability must rest with the sufferer.
However, a small yet still significant proportion of these types of sporting, leisure and holiday accidents may be considered the fault of someone other than the sufferer of the injury. In such cases, making a no win, no fee claim may be a very reasonable possibility.
For example, if you book a mountain biking holiday which passes over loose stony ground and your tour operator does not warn you of the risk of sustaining eye injuries from being hit by stray stones, a personal injury solicitor might advise you that their failure to provide you with, or advise you of the need for, protective eye equipment, means the operator could be liable to pay you eye injury compensation.
There are other instances too, where a personal injury solicitor might be able to secure you compensation for your eye injuries. Although since the widespread enforcement and use of seatbelts, eye injuries resulting from car accidents have been less common than they once were, they are still a very real risk, and even today it is not uncommon for people who have suffered these injuries to seek compensation.
Injuries could result in a number of ways. A shattered windscreen may cause damage to either the inner or outer structures of the eye; sharp objects which penetrate the vehicle during a crash may also penetrate the surface of the eye; traumatic impact against the steering wheel or dashboard may damage the eye socket (orbit) and cause lasting damage.
An eye injury at work could be caused by one of a number of factors:
Once again, it is the duty of employers to provide employees with suitable protective eyewear.
Unfortunately, as is reflected by the statistics, children are at a higher risk of sustaining an eye injury than other members of the UK population. This is partly because children do often not fully comprehend the risks of performing certain activities.
It is not that rare for parents to contact personal injury solicitors with a view to making product liability compensation claims after their children have suffered eye injuries because of dangerous, defective or unsuitable toys.
Amounts of compensation awarded for eye injuries generally vary from £1,000 to £150,000, depending on the severity of the damage,
Of course every case is different so speak to one of our solicitors today to discuss your case and get a more accurate idea of how much you could receive. Click "start claim" below or call 0800 10 757 95 now.
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