Loss of sight compensation

Loss of sight compensation

For getting your life back on track

Experiencing loss of sight can have serious implications for your life, affecting your ability to perform daily tasks, impacting your work and changing the way you engage in routine activities and enjoy your pastimes. Beyond the immediate physical challenges, the loss of sight can have emotional repercussions, casting uncertainties about your future health, prospects and financial stability.

If your vision loss resulted from the negligence or direct actions of another person or organisation, you may have a right to claim compensation to address both the pain and any financial setbacks you're facing.

At Switalskis, we understand the gravity of what you're going through. With a focus on loss of sight compensation claims, our personal injury team is prepared to guide you through the process of securing the compensation you deserve. Our solicitors possess extensive experience in handling claims for vision loss of various degrees and causes. We recognise the sensitivity these claims demand and are committed to providing compassion and clear guidance, making sure you’re well-informed at every step.

Whether your vision loss arose from an accident, a workplace incident or other circumstances, we’re here to support you in claiming compensation. Choosing to work with us means more than just securing advice; it's about gaining the support of a deeply dedicated team.

To explore how we can assist with the unique aspects of your situation, please contact us today at 0800 138 0458 or connect with us through our website .

To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

At Switalskis, we understand the impact that loss of sight can have on every aspect of your life. Our solicitors are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to pursue financial compensation for this.

When you reach out to us, we’ll take the time to understand your situation. We'll discuss the circumstances surrounding your loss of sight to determine the viability of your compensation claim and make sure you’re fully informed about the claims process, so you know what to expect.

We’re dedicated to guiding you through every stage of your compensation claim. Our approach is to simplify the process by breaking down each step into straightforward terms. We’ll take on the majority of the legal responsibility, allowing you to spend more time on your recovery and wellbeing.

Our solicitors aren’t only experts in the legal aspects of loss of sight compensation but also compassionate professionals who aim to understand how this injury has affected your life. We’ll establish a close working relationship with you, offering the support and guidance you need. Your wellbeing and rights are our top priorities.

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How can negligence lead to sprains and strains?

Sprains and strains can be caused by someone else's negligence or oversight. Your employer, your local council and other authorities have a responsibility to reduce your risk of injury, Here are some common scenarios where you might sustain a sprain or strain and where someone else might be liable for the accident:

  • Workplace incidents: employers have a responsibility to keep you safe. Lack of proper training or faulty equipment can lead to sprains and strains on the job.
  • Road traffic accidents: reckless driving, not following traffic rules or driving under the influence can cause accidents that result in sprains, strains and related injuries. If another driver is at fault, you might have a claim.
  • Slips, trips and falls: public spaces and businesses should be safe for everyone. Slippery floors without warning signs, uneven surfaces or poor lighting can result in falls that lead to sprains and strains.
  • Sports and recreational activities: poor supervision, substandard equipment or a failure to enforce safety measures can cause avoidable injuries during sports or other recreational activities.
  • Assaults and attacks: intentional acts of violence can sometimes result in sprains and strains.

Many of these incidents can be avoided with proper care and attention. At Switalskis, we want to support you if you've been hurt due to someone else's negligence. We understand how disruptive even a ‘minor’ injury can be, and we're here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

How can negligence lead to loss of sight?

Loss of sight can be a devastating and life-altering experience, often resulting from the negligence or actions of others. Here are some examples of cases we frequently handle:

Road traffic accidents

Careless driving, violations of traffic rules or driving under the influence can lead to accidents causing severe injuries resulting in the loss of sight. If someone's actions while driving were responsible for your accident, you may have grounds to make a compensation claim.

Hazardous substances

If you were exposed to hazardous substances, you may be able to claim compensation for a loss of vision. This could be from rubbing your eyes while your hands are contaminated, or due to fumes in the air. Either way, you have the right to protective equipment and should be safeguarded from these issues.

Workplace incidents

Employers are responsible for the safety of their employees. Inadequate training, insufficient equipment maintenance or failure to provide protective gear can result in workplace accidents causing the loss of sight.

Slips, trips, and falls

Public places and businesses have an obligation to maintain safe premises for visitors. Hazards such as wet floors without warning signs, uneven pavements or poorly lit areas can lead to falls resulting in the loss of sight.

Sports and recreational activities

Inadequate supervision, faulty equipment or a failure to enforce safety rules can lead to avoidable accidents causing the loss of sight in sporting environments.

Assaults and violent attacks

Intentional acts of violence or negligence in premises can result in severe injuries, including loss of sight.

Many instances of loss of sight can be prevented with due care and attention. At Switalskis, we’re committed to supporting people who have suffered due to the negligence of others. We approach each case with empathy, understanding the profound impact that the loss of sight can have on your life. Our goal is to guide you towards achieving the compensation you rightfully deserve.

What types of injuries can lead to sight loss?

Here are some common types of injuries resulting in loss of sight for which compensation claims are frequently pursued:

Eye trauma

injuries to the eye caused by direct impacts, such as accidents or assaults, can lead to partial or complete loss of sight.

Chemical burns

Exposure to harmful chemicals, whether at work or in public spaces, can cause severe damage to the eyes, potentially resulting in permanent vision loss.

Retinal detachment

A detachment of the retina can cause sudden and severe vision impairment, often requiring immediate medical intervention.

Optic nerve damage

Injuries to the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the eye to the brain, can lead to irreversible blindness.

Eye infections

Negligence in maintaining cleanliness in public spaces can lead to eye infections, which, if untreated, may cause significant vision impairment.

Foreign object penetration

In cases where foreign objects penetrate the eye, immediate surgical intervention may be necessary to prevent permanent sight loss.

Making a loss of sight personal injury claim

Navigating a compensation claim for loss of sight can be a complex and challenging process. However, our dedicated team of solicitors will handle the legal aspects and make sure you remain well-informed throughout the journey.

Here's an overview of how the claims process typically unfolds:

Step 1: Initial consultation

Your claim starts when you reach out to our personal injury team. We’ll discuss the specifics of your situation and provide information that explains what you can expect from your claim.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We’ll begin gathering evidence to support your case. This may involve compiling medical records, incident reports, witness testimonies and communications with other parties involved. For claims involving financial setbacks, we will need relevant evidence that demonstrates your expenses and costs.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we’ve built a strong case, we’ll contact the responsible party and their insurance provider, notifying them of your claim.

Step 4: Negotiation

If liability is accepted, we can start compensation negotiations. In cases where they dispute your claim, we’re fully prepared to escalate the matter to court.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

Although many loss of sight compensation claims are resolved amicably, some may need court intervention. If this becomes necessary, you can trust in our expertise to present your evidence and advocate for your rights.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

In the event of a successful claim, we’ll make sure the compensation is paid as soon as possible and for the amount agreed.

Throughout this process, we will keep you updated on developments in your case, making sure you have the information needed to make informed decisions. With Switalskis on your side, you can focus on what truly matters: your recovery and wellbeing.

What are the time limits for making a loss of sight compensation claim?

Typically, personal injury claims must be initiated within three years of the accident or incident that caused the injury. However, with loss of sight cases, the time limit might start from the date you became aware of the injury's consequences or the incident that caused it, as these may have taken time to become obvious.

There are some exceptions to this three-year time frame:

  • Children: in cases involving children, claims can be initiated at any time before the child's 18th birthday. After, the child has until they turn 21 to bring their own claim.
  • Mental capacity: if you're representing someone who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim independently, the standard time constraints may not apply.
  • Criminal injuries: if you suffered your injury due to someone’s intention to cause harm, you may be able to claim through the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA), where there is a two-year limit. We can help you to make a CICA claim.

The claims process is unique to each case, presenting various challenges. Beginning your claim as early as possible is advisable. We urge you to contact us without delay, allowing us to start work on your behalf and maximise your chances of a successful compensation claim.

Our loss of sight compensation specialists

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Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

What will loss of sight compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

Compensation for personal injury typically includes two main categories:

  • General damages address the physical and emotional trauma resulting from your loss of sight. The severity of your injury significantly can influence the amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
  • Special damages take into account any financial setbacks you've experienced as a result of your loss of sight. This encompasses various expenses, such as medical costs, lost wages due to time off work and additional support expenses.

How are loss of sight compensation claims funded?

At Switalskis, we approach most personal injury claims, including those related to loss of sight, with a no win, no fee arrangement. This means you'll only need to contribute to our legal fees if we successfully secure your compensation claim and this is done by way of a pre-agreed percentage.

If you have concerns about managing the costs associated with pursuing a legal claim, speak to us today.

What to remember when making a loss of sight compensation claim

Your wellbeing should always be your top priority following an accident resulting in the loss of sight and it’s vital to seek medical attention.

If you’ve sustained an injury resulting in the loss of sight due to an accident, there are several steps you can take to improve your chances of obtaining the necessary support and compensation:

  • Seek medical attention: it's vital to consult a medical professional quickly following your injury, or your discovery of the symptoms. Their assessment and medical notes are vital evidence in your compensation claim.
  • Report the incident: if your injury happened at your workplace or in a public area, notify the relevant authorities or management. This not only creates an official record of the incident but can also contribute to preventing similar accidents from happening to others in the future.
  • Document the scene: if possible take clear and detailed photographs of the accident scene and any contributing factors that led to your loss of sight. While this may not be your immediate thought, these photographs can significantly strengthen your compensation claim.

Why Switalskis?

At Switalskis, our solicitors are seasoned experts in the field. If you're considering pursuing a compensation claim for loss of sight, rest assured that we're here to offer unwavering support and efficient, empathetic legal advice at every stage of your journey.

Clarity in complexity

We understand that loss of sight compensation claims can seem overwhelming and full of legal terms and processes. Our commitment is to simplify this journey for you. We take it upon ourselves to translate complex legal language into plain, understandable terms. We're here to address your concerns, explain the details of personal injury law and make sure you understand every part of the claims process.

Empathy at every step

We empathise with your situation and want to understand the challenges you’re facing. Your concerns matter to us and we value the emotions you're experiencing. Our goal is to provide tailored advice for your specific circumstances. You're not just a client to us; you're a person navigating a challenging phase in your life, and we're here to offer our support.

Expertise you can trust

Successfully navigating a loss of sight compensation claim needs both expertise and trust. With Switalskis, you have the advantage of our extensive experience and a consistent track record in handling a wide array of personal injury claims.

Championing your rights

Our dedicated team is driven by a passion for upholding your rights and making sure your voice is heard. We stand with you throughout the entire claims process, keeping you well-informed and empowered to make the decisions that matter most.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

To learn more about how we can help you, or to get your loss of sight compensation claim started today, call us on 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through our website.

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