Loss of Sight Injury Compensation Calculation
Permanent sense injuries are considered to be some of the most serious in terms of long-term loss of quality of life. Relatively minor damage to sensory organs like the eyes and the inner ears can produce severe consequences.
* Transient Eye Injuries: £1,450 – £2,600
These cases feature complete recovery in a short time frame.
- Minor Eye Injuries: £2,600 – £5,750
- Permanent Minor Vision Impairment, One Eye: £8,250 – £13,750
- Serious Loss of Vision: £15,500 – £25,750
This award is assigned to cases in which vision loss is severe and permanent in one eye, but there is no risk to the visual acuity of the other eye. These cases may also involve persistent double vision.
- Loss of Sight in One Eye: £32,500 – £36,000
- Total Loss of One Eye: £36,000 – £43,000
Courts consider both the age of the victim and the ‘cosmetic’ impact of the loss.
- Loss of Sight in One Eye with Reduced Vision in the Other:
- £42,000 – £69,500 This is a typical award where visual acuity in the remaining eye is significantly reduced and there are additional visual problems (e.g. double vision) to consider.
- £63,000 – £118,000 Awards reach this bracket when there is a significant risk that the sufferer will experience further visual deterioration in the ‘good’ eye over time.
- Total Blindness: approximately £175,000 Compensation is high for full blindness due to the severe negative impact it has on the sufferer’s quality of life.
- Total Blindness and Deafness: approximately £265,000 According to legal precedent, multiple-sense injuries must be ‘considered as ranking amongst the most devastating of injuries.’