January 31, 2023
Healthcare law – a year in review.
Over the course of the last year, there have been many interesting judgements in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in relation to healthcare and personal injury law....
It is all too easy to take our eyesight for granted, but damage to our visual system, including the brain, optic nerves, or eyes, due to injury can have devastating consequences.
Those affected by injuries affecting the eyes can suffer from loss of independence, anxiety, and a range of psychological and social impacts as a result of impaired or lost vision. This may result in being unable to return to work, undertake study, or complete tasks of daily living we take for granted.
It is for this reason that those in positions of responsibility have a duty to ensure that employees and members of the public are protected from any risk which may damage (amongst all other health implications) sight. For example, manufacturers must provide eye protection for workers using machinery which may cause foreign objects to damage the eye. If individuals or businesses have a duty to protect the health of staff or the public, but fail to do so, they may have been legally negligent, and in such circumstances, those affected may be able to file a claim for damages.
At Lavelle Partners, we have over three decades of experience of handling complex personal injury claims, including serious eye-related accidents. And as a result, we know first-hand how deeply traumatic eye injuries can be, not just from a physical and emotional perspective, but also financially, especially if the individual is unable to work.
Our team of specialist eye injury solicitors will handle all aspects of your claim against the negligent party on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your physical and psychological recovery and readjustment. Not only do we handle the legal aspects of your claim thoroughly and professionally, but we also provide empathetic support and guidance through the whole process, for you and your family.
It may be possible to bring a claim for a wide range of eye or visual system injuries, including (but not limited to):
It may be possible to make a complete recovery from an eye injury with the aid of surgery or treatment. Unfortunately, some patients do have long-term consequences including pain, headaches, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or partial or total loss of sight.
Eye injuries can be caused by accidents due to negligence in a range of contexts including (but not limited to):
Regardless of where the injury occurred, it will be necessary to establish who is at fault for the accident which led to the eye injury. Depending on the situation, this may be a local authority, public entity, building contractor, employer, a private company, or an individual.
To bring a claim against a negligent party for your injuries, it will be necessary to prove:
This means that in some contexts, it may not be possible to make a claim because there is a lack of proof that negligence occurred. One of our primary roles will be to establish if there are grounds for a claim and if so, to create a compelling case that proves the other party held legal culpability which they breached, leading to your injury.
If you are unsure if the circumstances of your eye injury are grounds for a claim, please contact one of our eye injury solicitors today who will take the time to listen to the details of your case and advise you of your legal options.
Claims following eye injuries due to negligence may cover two areas of loss:
The costs you receive will be based on the precise injuries suffered and the circumstances of the case.
By allowing us to handle your claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important, your recovery and care, or that of your family member or loved one.
For further information on making a claim for eye injury in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or email Avril Scally at firstname.lastname@example.org
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