Have you suffered an eye injury?
The eyes are a very sensitive and delicate organ and can be extremely susceptible to injury. Eye injuries can range from minor afflictions which cause temporary discomfort to something more serious which leads to permanent blindness. The most severe eye injuries may even result in the eye having to be removed.
Suffering a major eye injury can have a huge impact on a person’s day to day life, and the lives of their loved ones. Loss of sight in particular can make it difficult to perform even the simplest of daily tasks and can significantly affect your ability to work.
If you have suffered an eye injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim eye injury compensation.
Types of eye injuries
Eye injuries are often caused by the eye area being hit by an object. However, injuries to the eye can also include:
- Small cuts
- Irritation from liquids
- Smoke inhalation
One of the most common causes of eye injuries is small fragments (usually glass, plastic or metal) which are propelled at the eye during a road traffic accident. Eye injuries also commonly occur as a result of workplace accidents, especially if you work with hazardous material without the right protection.
Common symptoms of an eye injury
If you are suffering from an eye injury, you may experience some of the following symptoms, depending on how the injury occurred:
- blurred vision – If something is stuck in your eye it can cause blurred vision, pain, light sensitivity and watery eyes.
- iritis – This is an inflammation of the iris and can occur following a blow to the eye. Symptoms can include impaired vision, an aching sensation, light sensitivity and watery eyes.
- scratches – If you have a scratch on the cornea (the outer surface of the eye), the symptoms may be similar to having a foreign object stuck in your eye. They could include a sensation that something is stuck in the eye, increased tearing, sensitivity to light and pain.
- burning sensation – If your eye has been injured as a result of chemical exposure, your eye may turn red and the eyelids could become swollen. You are also likely to feel pain or a burning sensation.
- bleeding – If you have noticed a red area on the eye, it may seem worrying. However, this is usually due to a burst blood vessel on the eye’s surface and should heal slowly without any symptoms.
- fracture of the eye socket – An orbital fracture will cause symptoms such as swelling, double vision, pain (particularly when moving your eyes) and bruising.
Making an eye injury compensation claim
If you have suffered an eye injury that was the result of another person’s negligence, then there is a very good chance you could be entitled to claim compensation. It is important that you choose a personal injury solicitor that has the expertise to help you.
As specialist accident and injury solicitors, we can advise if you are entitled to make an eye injury claim following your accident, and can also arrange any help and support you may need. From medical expenses to loss of earnings we’re here to recover the costs of your accident, and get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
Get an idea of what your eye injury claim could be worth by using our Claimometer, or get in touch with the experienced team at What’s My Claim Worth, who will be happy to help you with your claim on a no win, no fee basis.
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