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To claim loss of sight compensation, it is best to consult with an experienced solicitor, who has expertise in dealing with these types of claims.
Our team of experienced and expert solicitors can help you claim loss of sight compensation. We will guide you through the claim process and assist in requesting any of the medical records that you may need.
Losing one’s sight through injury or medical negligence is not only life-changing but often extremely traumatic. Making a claim for loss of sight compensation can help to alleviate the struggles you may go on to face, and provide compensation for the trauma experienced when suffering from vision loss.
Injuries to the head or brain area could result in a total or partial loss of sight.
Direct injuries to the eye because of road traffic accidents, industrial accidents or physical attacks could result in serious damage to one or both eyes, which as a result could lead to a loss of sight.
Similarly, serious brain injuries could potentially have the knock-on effect of vision loss for the sufferer. Sight is of course controlled by the brain and a serious injury to it could lead to a person suffering from partial or total vision loss.
Yes, it is possible for somebody to lose their sight because of medical negligence.
Failures or delays in diagnosing eye conditions in a timely matter could lead to a person losing their sight in one or both of their eyes. Errors in surgery, such as laser eye surgery, or corrective eye surgery could also lead to partial or total loss of sight.
Following a recent Freedom of Information request by medical negligence solicitors Blackwater Law, it has been revealed that the NHS has paid out almost £120 million in the last 5 years for clinical negligence claims whereby the primary injury has resulted in blindness in patients. The money was paid out across 349 successful claims over the five-year period.
Other instances where medical negligence can lead to a loss of sight include:
Jason Brady, Medical Negligence Partner secured compensation for our client Mrs B, on behalf of her deceased husband because of medical negligence
Any compensation received for loss of sight or eye injury will depend on the severity of the injury, the long-term complications, and the impact that a loss of sight will have on the rest of your life. Compensation for a loss of sight in both eyes will be more than if sight has been lost in just one eye for example.
Compensation is awarded in two parts, General Damages and Special Damages. General Damages are compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that you have endured and cover the psychological trauma that is likely to occur when a person loses all or part of their sight.
Special damages are paid to account for out-of-pocket expenses/financial costs you incur because of the negligent accident or medical treatment, such as the loss of earnings. It also includes the changes you will now have to make in your life following a loss of sight, such as paying for equipment/technology that would make your life easier.
Special damages will also cover the financial loss incurred if you are no longer able to work or continue in the line of work that you were in, prior to losing all or part of your sight. Speak to a member of our team if you are concerned about a loss of earnings, following a loss of sight to you or a loved one.
Most claims for serious personal injury or medical negligence are subject to a limitation period of three years. This limitation period will begin from the date of the incident that caused the loss of sight, or from the date where you became aware of negligence that may have caused vision loss.
The most notable exception to the limitation period is if the person who has lost sight is under the age of 18, then the limitation period will not start until their 18th birthday. They will then have three years from this date to bring forward the claim themselves.
Limitation periods can be confusing, especially when it comes to establishing when you became aware of any negligence. If you’re unsure if your claim is still within the limitation period, speak to a member of our team who can help you establish a timeline of events.
When you call us and receive free initial legal advice, if we believe you or your family member may be entitled to loss of sight compensation, we will agree to represent you in your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that there is no risk to you.
If your loss of sight claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any legal fees. Blackwater Law undertakes all medical negligence and personal injury claims on a no-win, no-fee basis.
It is essential to the success of your vision claim that you choose the right solicitors.
Having a solicitor that is experienced in dealing with claims like yours, will help to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible and that you are able to secure the maximum amount of compensation for you and your family.
Blackwater Law is ranked by The Legal 500 as a leading provider of legal services for serious personal injury claims and medical negligence claims including eye injury and loss of sight. Speak to one of our experienced solicitors today about your claim and see if you are entitled to compensation.