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Eye injury claims arise when a person experiences an accident causing injury to their eye. An eye injury can refer to damage to the eye from a direct blow to the eye. In serious cases, it can cause blindness which has a profound effect on a person’s day to day life.Tell Us About Your Case
An eye injury can not only affect the eyeball itself but also injure the surrounding area of the eye as well as tissue and bone structure and eye socket, including the ligaments that control eye movement. There are many forms of eye injury claims ranging from medical negligence to some form of accident, for example, an accident at work, on the road or in a public place. Eye injuries can have a serious impact on the injured person’s life, from not being able to carry out simple tasks to not having the ability to work.
Common eye injuries sustained have included:
There are many situations in which an eye injury can happen. Any accident or act of negligence can lead to an injury to the eye. Here are some of the common situations and causes:
Every employer is required to provide a safe environment for people to work in. Eye injuries can happen as a result of:
As you can imagine, a road traffic accident can lead a multitude of injuries and the injuries sustained will depend on the nature of the accident, speed and your position in the car, also on whether or not you are wearing a seatbelt. Most common causes of road traffic accidents are:
When accidents happen in a public place, such as a supermarket, shopping centre, restaurant, hotels or any other public location, they generally happen for the following reasons:
Medical negligence claims for eye injuries are treated a little differently than other accidents. The Injuries Board does not assess these claims and a solicitor will be needed to bring the claim forward from the outset. Injuries to the eye in these cases can happen in the following scenarios:
Medical negligence occurs in these situations where the medical practitioner:
Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a personal injury solicitor to help you with this.
When you decide you want to move forward with your injury claim it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:
As a solicitor is aware of the injury claim process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.
The most important document needed to prove your injuries is your medical report. The reason a solicitor will ask for your doctor’s details or if you have attended the hospital is so they can obtain all the medical reports required to pursue the case for you.
As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your injury claim will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. Your solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage, you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move to the next steps.
At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:
a. If both you and the party at fault accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.
b. If either you or the person at fault reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.
Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.
Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.
At Tracey Solicitors, we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your case.
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If you are to proceed with an injury claim you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.
General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following an accident.
Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the injury, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the injury (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages.
Material damage refers to damage caused to your personal property. For example, in a road traffic accident, the material damage would be the damage to your car.
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.Learn more about Time Limits
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