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Eye injury compensation

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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 21st June, 2024

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Eye injury compensation claims

Sight is one of our most critical senses; it’s essential for navigating the world and, without it, the simplest tasks become incredibly challenging. We may choose to undergo procedures like laser eye surgery to improve our eyesight or undergo surgery to address an underlying eye condition. These procedures are particularly complex and any mistakes or accidents can result in eye injuries or even loss of vision. Whilst the majority of eye treatments are carried out successfully by NHS professionals, unfortunately, mistakes can sometimes occur. A delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or surgical injury can be devastating; in these circumstances, you may be eligible to claim eye injury compensation for the suffering that you have faced due to medical negligence.

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What is an eye injury claim?

An eye injury or eye surgery claim allows you to seek financial compensation for the harm you have suffered.  It’s a legal process where, with the help of solicitors, you prove negligence and are awarded an amount to cover your suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses.

Our vision is precious and if you’ve suffered an eye injury due to medical negligence, the impact can be life-changing, affecting your well-being and livelihood. 

How can we help?

Our dedicated medical negligence team at Patient Claim Line will be by your side through every step of an eye injury claim. We’ll fight to secure the compensation you deserve for your suffering, and the cost of future care to help you move forward. We offer free consultations to evaluate your case and work on a No Win No Fee process from the beginning.


What are some examples of common eye injury compensation claims?

When it comes to making a claim for Ophthalmology, we deal with a whole range of injuries. Some of our most common eye injury claims include:

  • Delayed treatment or surgery
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose eye conditions
  • Errors during eye surgery
  • Failure to diagnose conditions and diseases

What kind of complications can occur from eye injuries?

If you’ve suffered an eye injury due to medical negligence, or have received a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, it can have a severe impact on your day-to-day life. Some of the complications that might occur from an eye injury or delayed treatment include:

  • Scratched/infected/defected cornea – routine eye checkups and procedures carry the risk of scratching the cornea at the front of your eye. A scratch, if left untreated, can significantly impact your vision and be more prone to ulceration.
  • Cataracts – cataract surgery is intended to improve vision but negligent treatment can lead to significant visual impairment and distress.
  • Detached retina – a delay in the diagnosis of a detached or torn retina could lead to deterioration of your vision or even complete loss of vision.
  • Rubeotic glaucoma –delayed treatment of Rubeotic, or Neovascular Glaucoma, can result in serious damage to your sight..
  • Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) – if left untreated, CRVO can lead to a total loss of vision.
  • Endogenous endophthalmitis – early diagnosis is key to this rare condition, which is sight-threatening and can be life-threatening in some cases.
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) – a potentially blinding eye disease, primarily affecting premature infants. ROP medical negligence cases often relate to inadequate screening, substandard reporting, or delayed treatment.

Am I eligible to make a claim?

Any suspected negligent error involving a procedure to your eyes may mean you are entitled to compensation, whether it has left you with temporary pain or more permanent symptoms. Patient Claim Line is here to support you and help you understand your options.

The best thing to do is get in touch with us; we will quickly be able to advise you as to whether or not you have grounds for a claim. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a case as every claim is dealt with by specialist Medical Lawyers, on a strictly No Win No Fee basis.


How much compensation could I be entitled to for an eye injury claim?

We achieved a settlement of £60,000 for 74-year old, Mary, who suffered a loss of vision when medical professionals failed to deal with her GP’s urgent referral. We also represented Mr Craig Rosendale, after the NHS failed to promptly arrange treatment for a central retinal vein occlusion and helped him receive £50,000 in compensation.

However, every medical negligence case is different, and it’s not easy to specify the amount of compensation you might receive. In general, the amount of compensation depends on the length of time you have suffered and the impact that the error has had on your daily life.

If the eye injury left you unable to work, we’ll fight to recover all lost earnings you suffered during your absence. You may have needed the support of family and friends], or professional care and our team will make sure their time is compensated for as well. Our experienced medical lawyers will ensure that you receive every penny you are entitled to.


How to make an eye injury claim

If you believe you might have a claim for compensation, it’s important that you get in touch with a medical negligence expert as soon as possible. In most cases, you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” to bring your claim for medical negligence; the “date of knowledge” is the date when you first became aware that a mistake has been made.

Beginning eye injury compensation claims couldn’t be easier. You can contact our team of medical negligence experts either by phone or through our two-minute online form.


‘No win no fee’ eye injury claims

At Patient Claim Line, we don’t want you to be put off by legal fees. We always work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, which means that if your claim isn’t successful, you won’t pay a penny.

As well as our fees (which are covered under our no win, no fee agreement), other costs need to be covered. For example, we will need to pay for your medical records and may need to get a specialist doctor to draft a report to show what went wrong, and what can be done to put things right.

The good news is we offer insurance which covers all these costs if you do not win your claim. Most companies charge up to £900 for this insurance, but we offer this insurance at no cost to you, and cover these fees for you during the case. We promise to never ask for anything upfront and there are no hidden costs or surprises.

By choosing Patient Claim Line, you are guaranteed peace of mind at all times. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a claim – speak to us today to start your ‘No Win No Fee’ eye injury claim.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Eye Injury Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Eye Injury Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Eye Injury Claim

When calculating eye injury compensation, the amount awarded will depend on several factors, including the length of time you have suffered for and the impact that the error has had on your daily life. Less serious eye claims may have a smaller payout because the injury was relatively minor, while serious cases with life-altering consequences can have far larger compensation payouts. We assure each of our customers that our dedicated legal team will strive to make sure you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.

If you have suffered due to medical negligence when receiving eye treatment on the NHS, you can bring an eye surgery claim against the NHS Trust responsible for your treatment. You can also bring a claim if you’ve suffered negligence when receiving private treatment. 


This could involve misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, or surgical errors. Even laser eye surgery complications could be grounds for compensation if you received substandard care that caused you harm or suffering. Failure to explain the risks of eye surgery and receive consent appropriately can give rise to a claim in itself. It’s important to note that a poor outcome to laser eye surgery does not necessarily mean that there has been negligence, but will require further investigation from our experts.

When making a claim against the NHS, the eye injury compensation will be paid by NHS Resolution. NHS Resolution, previously known as The NHS Litigation Authority, will pay compensation on behalf of the NHS body that you are making a claim against. If you make an eye injury claim against a private clinic or hospital, it will be the organisation’s insurance that pays your compensation for clinical negligence.

In general, you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” in which to make your claim for an eye injury. This refers to the date when you first became aware that a mistake had been made. Importantly, there are certain exceptions to the rule. For example, if the person who suffered eye injury negligence was under 18 at the time, the time limit is 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday). We would always advise you to contact our team to clarify whether your claim is within the time limit. It costs you nothing to get some advice from us and will provide you with peace of mind.

Meet our Eye Injury Team

  • Peter Rigby

    Director of Medical Negligence

  • Sinead Connolly


  • Jennifer Argent


  • Kathryn Sharkey

    Senior Solicitor

  • Case Study

    Sarah's Story

    "Now we have peace of mind"

    My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

    In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

    He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.