Sight loss claims

The prospect of losing your sight is a frightening one, but when it happens suddenly through injury or accident, the physical and psychological effects can be far-reaching.

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There are roughly 360,000 registered blind or partially sighted people in the UK, according to the NHS. Partial or full loss of vision can require lengthy periods of adjustment for you and your family, as you learn to live with it. 

Whether it’s total blindness or going blind in one eye, if it’s the result of an injury or accident that wasn't your fault, we may be able to help you make a compensation claim.

Full and partial sight loss

Causes of eye injury and sight loss include:

  • Blows to the head or eyes, for example caused by sports activities like boxing
  • Sharp objects penetrating the eye
  • Physical assault
  • Cataract and laser eye surgery
  • Medical negligence such as misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Workplace accidents – such as chemical splashes
  • Repeated exposure to dangerously bright light

Why should I make a claim for sight loss?

If you, or a loved one, has sustained a loss of sight because of someone else's negligence, you have a right to claim against them.  As well as the psychological impact of your injury, you will have a lot of adjustments to make, like assistive equipment, rehabilitation, learning skills to improve your quality of life. You may need to learn Braille and how to use the assistive technologies that can improve day-to-day living.

A sight loss claim will take into account any changes you need to make in your work life, including loss of income and any costs of retraining and learning new skills.

A compensation settlement may mean you can worry less about how you are going to fund the adjustments you will need as you plan your future.

Find out more about making a claim.

How can First4Lawyers help?

You can contact us for yourself, or on behalf of someone else. We are here to listen to the situation, guide you through the options and put you in touch with expert solicitors who will deal with your claim.

Our team are very experienced in this area. They are friendly and understanding – your initial chat is even free, with no obligation to proceed unless you are happy to do so. 

We offer a No Win No Fee service, so you don't have to pay for anything in advance – and if the claim is not successful, you don't pay a penny.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How much compensation could I receive?

The amount of claim compensation is calculated on the severity of your spinal injury damage to your sight, whether the sight loss is total or partial, and permanent or temporary.

Claims give consideration to:

  • The pain and suffering you have been through
  • Time taken off work
  • Loss of income and future earnings
  • Any long-term effects on your everyday life
  • Care that you receive
  • Alteration and equipment that may be required to improve your quality of life

Amounts will very much depend on your individual case, but generally the loss of sight in one eye can be awarded £43,200 to £48,080. Total loss of sight can receive compensation in the region of £235,630.

Is there a time limit for making a sight loss claim?

Most personal injury claims should be started within three years of the accident or injury, but there are some exceptions. Claims for sight loss of a child extends the time limit from the date of the accident until the child is aged 18, at which point the three-year time limit begins. Where a person is mentally incapable of making decisions there is no claim time limit.

Our specialist advisers can explain the process to you in more detail, with no legal jargon or pressure.

I think I have a claim – what should I do?

If you think you have a sight loss claim, just get in touch to find out more about how we can help you through the process. Just give us a call, request a call back at the top of your screen or start your claim online.

Our friendly and understanding advisors will talk you through your options for free and with no obligation to proceed.

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