Loss of sight compensation claims

If your sight has been affected due to personal injury that was not your fault, or medical negligence, we understand the fear and difficulties you face and can help.

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Understanding loss of sight

Whether due to a traumatic accident or errors in medical care, blindness or loss of sight is a profoundly devastating experience that can irrevocably alter an individual’s life.

Beyond the immediate physical impairment, the loss of sight often brings about emotional trauma, impacting one’s independence, livelihood, and relationships. Tasks once taken for granted become daunting challenges, and the individual may face significant hurdles in adapting to their new reality. Moreover, the financial burdens of medical treatments, rehabilitation, and potential loss of income can exacerbate the already overwhelming situation.

Personal injury eyesight claims may relate to road crashes, injuries caused by animals, or any other circumstance where you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence.

Medical negligence can lead to blindness, eye loss and eye damage. Clinical negligence claims may arise, for example, from surgical error, delays in diagnosis or treatment or inadequate treatment by an optician, ophthalmologist or general practitioner. Issues also commonly arise in relation to diagnosis, care or management of cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, amblyopia and strabismus.

Some circumstances where you might lose your sight where someone else could be to blame include:

  • Surgical errors: During eye surgeries such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), cataract surgery, or retinal detachment surgery, errors such as incorrect incisions, improper use of equipment, or damage to the optic nerve can lead to blindness.
  • Traumatic eye injuries: resulting from accidents, assaults or workplace incidents can lead to partial or complete blindness if not managed promptly and appropriately.
  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis: Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or retinal detachment can lead to irreversible vision loss if appropriate treatment is not provided promptly.
  • Prescription errors: prescription errors involving medications for eye conditions, such as incorrect dosage or medication type, can lead to adverse effects, including vision impairment or blindness.
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Your rights and eligibility

You can claim compensation if your loss of sight was due, wholly or in part, to what someone else either did or did not do.

This could be an accident that you were not fully or at all responsible for, a workplace incident that you should have been protected from or failings in medical care.

To claim compensation for sight loss, it is necessary for there to have been negligence by a third party and for that negligence to have caused harm. If treatment were delayed for an eye condition but the outcome would have been the same without the delay, there would not be a legitimate claim.

How can compensation help?

Compensation can help you to access the support you need to put your life back on track. Whilst it cannot undo the harm done, it can help you to move forward.

Compensation can help pay for:

  • Medical expenses such as the cost of any eyes surgeries, treatments or medications
  • Rehabilitation services such as vision therapy
  • Assistive devices such as screen readers or braille displays
  • A guide dog and their training
  • Adaptive technology for home and workplace
  • Home modifications to enhance accessibility and safety
  • Transportation expenses or vehicle modifications to accommodate vision impairment
  • Lost income
  • Psychological support and counselling
  • Future care needs
Trusted expertise

As expert solicitors focusing on serious injury, medical negligence, mental capacity and education, you can trust us to get the best results for you.

We know how hard it is to deal with the harm you or a loved one has suffered. We’ll support you with empathy every step of the way.

We can help you on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about funding legal costs

Our support doesn’t end after a claim. We can help you with your financial affairs after settlement and introduce you to charities and organisations that might be able to help you going forward.

Choosing a lawyer for your sight loss claim

If you are suffering sight loss or blindness, we’re here to help. If you are unsure if your eye injury could have been avoided or if there is a question mark over whose responsibility it was, we can help uncover the truth.

We understand the complex emotions that come with making a claim and adjusting to your injury. We’re here to support and advise.

We have a long history of dealing with claims for loss of sight. We are able to explain the legal process to you in an easily understandable way, relieving some of the pressure and stress. Contact us for a warm, free and friendly chat today.

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Loss of sight compensation FAQ’s

The amount of compensation you receive for loss of sight depends on factors relating to the extent of your sight loss, the help you need and the specific financial impact it has on you.

A portion of damages are claimed according to set guidelines to compensate for pain and suffering. This is known as general damages.

For total blindness the guideline general damages amount is in the region of £224,680, according to Judicial College Guidelines.

In addition, a special damages claim will be made on your behalf. This may far exceed the general damages element. It is intended to compensate for the specific financial impacts of your injury – such as loss of earnings, carers, house adaptations and so on.

Guideline general damages amounts for other eye injures include:

Compensation for loss of sight in one eye, with reduced vision in the other eye where there is a serious risk of deterioration of the remaining eye – £80,300 to £150,370 plus special damages.

Complete loss of sight in one eye – £19,800 to £33,000 plus special damages.

Your total claim could run to several thousand pounds or even reach hundreds of thousands or more, depending on your own circumstances.

In the UK, you generally have three years to file a claim from the date of the negligent act or from the date when you became aware of the injury, whichever is later. There are some exceptions to this rule, for example, if you or a loved one you are making a claim on behalf of were under 18 at the time of the injury, you would have three years from your / their 18th birthday to make a claim. If the person that was injured lacked capacity before or as the result of the incident there is no time limit.

We can usually advise quite quickly if you are likely to have a valid claim through a phone assessment. It is usual for these cases to take two to three years to settle, but whenever possible we’ll seek financial support to assist you in your life and recovery from the beginning of the claim.

Some cases can take longer but we will do our best to secure interim payments for you. These are payments you can receive from the other side to help you meet immediate needs. That means you don’t have to wait for the settlement of your claim to start putting the support you need in place.

Yes, as long as we can prove that the loss is over and above what you would have experienced naturally because of the pre-existing condition. If for example, you were suffering from a pre-existing condition and an injury at work meant you lost your eyesight a lot sooner than you would have otherwise have done, we would be able to make a claim for you. On the other hand if the progression of your pre-existing condition meant that you would have lost your eyesight regardless of the accident, there is less likely to be a claim.

As this is really complicated we can only answer this question fully on a case by case basis. Don’t allow the fact that you have a pre-existing condition to stop you from talking to an expert. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

You can appeal a Court’s decision to turn down your claim but there would need to be good grounds for doing so and there are usually strict time limits in which to take this step.

No – but acting in person with no legal representation is likely to put you at a significant disadvantage in the legal process and leave you at risk of being undercompensated.

Some cases can take longer than others to settle but we will do our best to secure interim payments for you. These are payments you can receive from the other side to help you meet immediate needs. That means you don’t have to wait for the settlement of your claim to start putting the support you need in place.

Depending on the agreement we make you may then receive your compensation as a lump sum (all at the same time) or in periodical payments that you will be receiving for a number of agreed years or the rest of your life. These are all things that your lawyer will explain to you in detail.

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