What to do when you injure your eye in an accident

Qualifying for Eye Injury Claims

If you have had the misfortune to injure your eye in an accident for which you were not to blame, you may be qualified to make eye injury claims for compensation. In order to claim compensation for an eye injury, you have to show that somebody who owed you a duty of care was negligent in their actions – or lack of actions – and that their negligence resulted in you sustaining an eye injury.

Even if you were partly to blame for the accident which resulted in your injured eye, you may still be able to make claims for eye injury compensation. However, compensation amounts for eye injury claims in Ireland are usually reduced to reflect your own lack of care – especially if you made your eye injury worse by not immediately seeking medical attention or by failing to keep out-patient appointments after being discharged from a hospital or clinic.

Eye Injury Claims in Ireland

Most eye injury claims in Ireland have to initially be submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland for an assessment of your eye injury compensation claim. The Injuries Board Ireland will organise their own medical examination of your eye injury after obtaining confirmation from the negligent party that they are prepared to accept liability for your injured eye, and then calculate the compensation amount for your eye injury claim based on the Book of Quantum and any additional information you have provided to them.

Should you disagree with the Injuries Board Ireland´s calculation of eye injury compensation, you can reject their assessment and be issued with an ”Authorisation” to pursue your eye injury claim for compensation in the courts. The negligent party – or, more frequently, their insurance company – also have this right; so, until the Injuries Board Ireland issues an “Order to Pay”, you will not know whether your eye injury claim has been successfully resolved or not.

Compensation Amounts for Eye Injury Claims

Although Injuries Board Ireland base their calculations of how much compensation for an eye injury on the guidelines published in the Book of Quantum, compensation amounts for eye injury claims can often be much higher. This is because claims for eye injury compensation should also account for the impact that the injury to your eye has on your quality of life and lack of ability to achieve everyday tasks.

If you are unable to deal with household chores, drive, attend a social event or participate in your regular leisure pursuits because of your eye injury, you can include these inconveniences and missed opportunities in your claim for eye injury compensation. Indeed, it is recommended that you maintain a diary to record the times when your eye injury prevents you from having a full and active life.

Potential Issues with Eye Injury Claims

There are a number of potential issues with eye injury claims in Ireland which can influence how much compensation for an eye injury you receive. The fact that you may have contributed to the cause of your accident or the extent of your eye injury has already been touched upon; but failing to fully complete the assessment form to the Injuries Board Ireland for your eye injury claim or accepting a direct offer of eye injury compensation from the negligent party´s insurance company – without first undergoing a professional assessment of your eye injury claim – may also negatively affect eye injury claims for compensation.

No two eye injury compensation claims are identical – even when the nature and severity of the eye injury are the same. Making one mistake in the eye injury claims process could leave you inadequately compensated and unable to support your family or pay medical bills, and you may have to return to work quicker than you should. If you accept an eye injury compensation settlement which is insufficient for your needs you cannot go back and ask for more and, for this reason, you should always discuss the circumstances of your accident and the nature of your eye injury with an experienced solicitor at the very beginning of the eye injury claims process.

Expert Advice about Eye Injury Claims

If you believe that you have sustained a eye injury due to the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care, and would like a free assessment of your eye injury claim for compensation, you are invited to call our helpline on free phone and speak directly with an experienced solicitor who will provide you with expert advice about eye injury claims.

Our service is completely free of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with an eye injury claim for compensation once you have spoken with us. However, if we feel that you have an eye injury claim which is worth your while to pursue, we will provide you with all the information you need to decide – in your own time – whether making a claim for eye injury compensation is something you wish to do.

Our lines are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm on freephone or you can take advantage of our call-back request at the bottom of the page and one of our helpful team will get back in touch to discuss your accident and eye injury when it is more convenient for you.

This is an Information site only – if you feel you have a potential claim, you should discuss your situation with a solicitor registered with the Law Society of Ireland.