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Eye Injury Claims: Solicitor explains how much compensation you can claim for eye problems, injuries and blindness caused in UK accidents
Eye injury claims solicitor: On this page I have set out the parts of your eye which can be injured, how your UK lawyer knows the amount of compensation to claim for your pain and suffering / financial losses with examples of how much compensation settlements for various different types of eye injury claims.
What are the main parts of your eye which can be injured in an accident and can lead to eye injury claims?
It will assist you to know in brief the main parts which make up your eye as injury to each part will affect your ability to see in very different ways - for example: a severed optical nerve at the back of your eye can cause blindness and damage to the lens at the front of your eye can lead to blurred or impaired vision.
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The main parts of your eye include:
1. The cornea, the iris and the pupil
The cornea, the iris and the pupil are at the front of your eye. They function together to control the amount of light that is allowed to enter your eye and to reach the part of the eye known as the lens.
2. The lens
The lens takes all of the light passing into the front of your eye and focuses it onto your retina (witch processes the information) at the back of your eye. Muscles control the shape of your lens, which adjusts how the light is focused.
3. The retina
The retina is a nerve at the back of your eye which is photosensitive - in other words the nerve reacts to light reaching it by creating electrical impulses. These impulses are carried to the optical nerve and onto the brain.
4. The optical nerve
The optical nerve runs from the back of the eye to the brain - allowing the electrical impulses produced by the retinal to pass along the optical nerve to the part of your brain responsible for sight - the impulses are processed into images in the brain.
How does your solicitor decide how much compensation can be claimed for eye injury claims?
A UK lawyer looks at two main types of loss to decide how much compensation you can claim in an eye injury claim:
1. Pain and suffering
Your solicitor will research previous eye injury claims decided in the past by the courts to see how much the law will allow to be claimed for the damage to your eye and eyesight.
The amount of compensation will depend on what exactly your eye problem is, whether it causes you pain, how long the symptoms last and how it affects your ability to enjoy your life - this is known as your "pain and suffering".
2. Financial losses
The financial losses you suffer will be unique to you - your lawyer will ask for information and receipts to evaluate the amount to be claimed.
Financial losses include: lost income (past and predicted into the future), medical expenses, travel expenses and even rehabilitation expenses.
Examples of the amounts of compensation you can expect for eye injury claims
The examples of compensation I give below are for eye injury claims ending in 2010 and are only for the pain and suffering part of your claim, which I described earlier on this page.
Minor eye injuries
Eye injuries which last for a few weeks and have no permanent symptoms: £1,300 - £2,500
Minor injuries with painful symptoms
Pain in your eye as from chemicals or from an impact with the front of your eye, but with symptoms which pass: £2,500 - £5,500
Serious damage to the vision in one eye
If your vision is badly and permanently affected n one of your eyes you can expect a compensation settlement of: £5,500 - £25,000
Blindness in one eye
Blindness in one eye will attract compensation of: up to £35,000
Blindness in both eyes
Blindness in both of your eyes can lead to compensation of: up to £173,000
Summary of eye injury claims compensation amounts
On this page you have discovered the main parts of the eye that can be injured in an accident with examples of how much compensation your solicitor will claim for pain and suffering for different types of eye injury claims in the UK.
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