Fractured Eye Socket Compensation Claims In The UK

Were you involved in an accident due to someone neglecting the duty of care they owed to you? Have you suffered a fractured eye socket as a result? If so, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.

Fractured Eye Socket Injury Claims Explained

A fractured eye socket bone can be extremely painful and can negatively impact your everyday life. We use our eyes to see, which enables us to live normally each day. An eye socket fracture (also referred to as an orbital fracture) can cause problems with your sight, like blurred or double vision. You shouldn’t have to suffer due to someone else breaching their duty of care towards you. 

Fractured eye socket

Fractured eye socket

If you can prove that your accident was caused by someone neglecting the duty of care they owed to you, you may be owed compensation. There’s no obligation to seek legal representation when making a claim; however, you may find that the support and guidance of a solicitor helps the process run more smoothly than it otherwise would.

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Our team of advisers are available 24/7 to chat with you about your situation. They can offer free legal advice about your injury and the circumstances surrounding it. If you have a valid claim, they can connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. They may be able to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Services And Information

  1. Everything You Need To Know About Fractured Eye Socket Compensation Claims
  2. What Is A Fractured Eye Socket Injury?
  3. Orbital Bone Anatomy
  4. Symptoms
  5. Causes Of Broken Eye Sockets
  6. Calculating Fractured Eye Socket Compensation Payouts
  7. Treating An Orbital Fracture Or Broken Eye Socket
  8. What Is A Missed Diagnosis Of A Broken Bone?
  9. How Does Misdiagnosing A Fracture Happen?
  10. How Long After An Accident Can You Claim Compensation?
  11. I Fractured My Eye Socket, What Should I Do?
  12. No Win No Fee Basis Broken And Fractured Eye Socket Compensation Claims
  13. Where To Find Out More
  14. Broken Bone Claim FAQs 

Everything You Need To Know About Fractured Eye Socket Compensation Claims

Firstly, this guide will look at what a fractured eye socket injury is and what the orbital bone anatomy includes. There will then be a section discussing the symptoms of a fractured eye socket and the causes of this injury. 

Next, there’ll be a section with a personal injury table to illustrate how much your injury could be valued. After this, it will look at the fractured eye socket treatment and missed diagnoses of a broken bone.

Furthermore, the article will explore how a fracture can be misdiagnosed due to medical negligence. Our guide will examine the criteria for making a medical negligence claim after a misdiagnosed broken eye socket.

There will then be a section talking about the personal injury claims time limit to assess how long you may have left to claim. We will also provide some advice about what you can do after suffering a facial fracture.

Moreover, the article will look at No Win No Fee agreements. Next, there’ll be some related guides to ensure you leave this article with as much information as possible about facial fractures. Finally, the guide will provide you with answers to some frequently asked questions. 

What Is A Fractured Eye Socket Injury?

A fractured eye socket, also known as an orbital fracture, is when a bone in the cup surrounding the eye is broken. This type of injury can be caused by road traffic accidents, falls from a height, or accidents at work, amongst other things. 

We can use statistics to look at the parts of the head and face that are most commonly injured in accidents at work.

eye socket fracture compensation statistics graph

As you can see, the table above illustrates the non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain by the site of injury in 2019/20. The highest number of reported injuries were to the head (excluding face), with 3,287 injuries.

On the other hand, the lowest number of reported injuries were sustained to the ear, with 87. Eye injuries were somewhere in the middle, with 802 reported injuries. Although this isn’t a huge number, the fact there are hundreds of eye injuries in the workplace is worrying as eye injuries can be extremely dangerous. 

Generally, in 2020/21, the top cause of accidents was a slip, trip or fall at work. You can see the other top causes below.

fractured eye socket

Orbital Bone Anatomy

The eye socket contains four parts that are made up of multiple bones. A fractured eye socket could mean all these bones are broken, some, or just one. The parts of the eye socket include:

  • Inferior wall: This is sometimes known as the orbital floor. These fractures can occur because of being hit on the side of the face, for example, during a car accident or being punched. 
  • Zygomatic bone: This forms the outside wall of the eye socket. This area includes important nerves, so a fracture to the zygomatic bone can be dangerous. An injury of this kind can happen due to a blow to the side of the face or cheek.
  • Medial wall: The ethmoid, a bone separating your nasal cavity from your brain, forms the medial wall. This type of fracture can be caused by nose or eye trauma. 
  • Superior wall: The roof of the eye socket is called the superior wall. It’s formed by the forehead, which is known as the frontal bone. These fractures aren’t as common as other eye injuries but can occur on their own or with other eye injuries.

If you’ve suffered any of these eye injuries as a result of a breach of duty of care, you can contact our team of advisers today to receive free legal advice. If they feel your claim has a good chance of success, you could be connected with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. 


Some fractured eye socket symptoms are:

  • Double or blurred vision 
  • Swollen eyelid
  • Bleeding, pain, bruising, or tearing around the eye
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Drooping eyelid, or bulging/sunken eye
  • Being unable to move your eye in all directions

You should also seek medical attention if your eye injury causes you to feel sick or makes you become sick.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention. Failure to do so might result in your condition worsening. The sooner you receive a correct diagnosis and begin treatment, the better your chances of making a full recovery. Furthermore, seeking medical attention could provide evidence to support your claim further down the line. 

Causes Of Broken Eye Sockets

There are multiple causes of broken eye sockets, such as:

  • Road traffic accidents: A car crash can cause facial fractures if a high impact collision occurs. A T-Bone accident can cause this kind of injury if the impact of the accident causes you to sustain an injury at the side of your face. If the road traffic accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, you might be able to make a car accident claim
  • Falls from a height: Falling from a height could lead to you landing on the front or side of your face. This could cause an eye socket injury due to the impact of the fall on your face.
  • Direct impact to the face or eye: You may fracture your eye socket if you’re hit in the face. For instance, you may be struck by a flying or moving object that wasn’t properly secured while at work, such as a piece of machinery. 

If you’ve experienced an eye socket injury that was caused by a breach of duty of care, you can chat with our team of legal advisers to explain the situation. They can then offer you free legal advice about your options and advise whether you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim. 

Calculating Fractured Eye Socket Compensation Payouts

This article doesn’t include a personal injury claims calculator as each eye socket injury is unique, so the figure may not be accurate. While they can be useful tools, these calculators often fail to collect the scope of information needed to value your claim accurately. 

However, we’ve instead taken the latest Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) figures to convey how much compensation some injuries could be awarded. The JCG provides guideline compensation brackets for a number of injuries of varying severities. This table is purely for example purposes, and compensation figures will vary from those listed below.

Injuries Affecting Sight Total Loss of One EyeThis could occur due to severe eye socket injuries where treatment hasn’t worked.£51,460 to £61,690
Injuries Affecting Sight Minor Eye InjuriesBeing struck in the eye resulting in pain and problems with vision.£3,710 to £8,200
Skeletal InjuriesMultiple Fractures of Facial BonesSome permanent deformity of the face.£13,970 to £22,470
Skeletal InjuriesFractures of Nose or Nasal ComplexSerious fractures damaging tear ducts and causing damage to airways and difficulty breathing.£9,990 to £21,700
Skeletal InjuriesFractures of CheekbonesSevere fractures that need to be operated on. £9,570 to £14,810
Skeletal InjuriesFractures of CheekbonesSimple fractures that may need surgery but will recover fully.£4,080 to £6,060

General damages are the part of your settlement that compensates you for the injury itself and the physical and mental effect it’s had on your life. The awarded bracket is based on how severe your injury is and how long it takes for you to recover.

Special damages provide compensation for the financial impact your injuries have had on your life. For example, you may have had to hire someone to give you extra care or take time off work, which resulted in a loss of earnings. These could be taken into consideration when calculating the special damages head of your claim. 

In order for you to claim special damages, you must provide evidence as to the losses you have incurred. For instance, you may provide bank statements and payslips to prove your loss of earnings or receipts from taxi journeys you have had to take because you were left unable to drive. 

If you’re unsure how much compensation you could be owed, why not get in touch with our team today? One of our advisors will be able to take the details of your case and estimate how much you could be owed.

Treating An Orbital Fracture Or Broken Eye Socket

When you suffer from an injury like a broken wrist or broken foot, your injured body part may be put in a cast to keep the bones in place as they heal. However, this isn’t an option when treating a fractured eye socket. 

For a small, uncomplicated orbital fracture, your doctor may recommend conservative treatment. Here, the doctor may recommend that you rest for a few days. They may also prescribe painkillers and a cold compress. These can help with the pain and swelling from your fractured eye socket.

If the fracture to your eye socked is more complicated or severe, then surgery may be recommended. You may also be offered surgery if it’s suspected that you’re suffering from an entrapped muscle. An entrapped muscle can cause nausea, low heart rate and vomiting.

What Is A Missed Diagnosis Of A Broken Bone?

A missed diagnosis of a broken bone is when a fracture isn’t spotted and, as a result, you don’t receive a diagnosis or treatment. This can be classed as medical negligence.

However, NHS Resolution states that in order to make a medical negligence claim against the NHS, you must prove causation. This means that you have to prove you suffered directly due to the misdiagnosis. 

It must be clear that your injury worsened due to the misdiagnosis, and this could’ve been prevented if you were given the correct treatment. If there’s a high chance that you would’ve suffered the same amount even if the injury was diagnosed, you’re unlikely to be successful in your claim. 

As well as causation, you have to prove a breach of duty of care too. This simply means proving that the medical practitioner didn’t adhere to the standards of their profession when providing you with care. To prove this, the court will administer something called the Bolam Test. 

In the Bolam Test, a panel of the medical professional’s peers will be asked to confirm whether they would have acted the same as the doctor being accused of negligence. If they confirm that they would have acted this way, the doctor will not be considered negligent. If they say they would have acted differently, however, the doctor’s actions will be considered negligent.

Our team of advisers would be happy to discuss how to prove causation and a breach of duty of care when claiming compensation for a missed fractured eye socket. You can contact them today for free legal advice.

How Does Misdiagnosing A Fracture Happen?

Sometimes, medical negligence can lead to a fracture misdiagnosis. This could occur for many different reasons, such as:

  • Failure to arrange for an X-ray or scan 
  • Interpreting the results of an X-ray or scan incorrectly
  • Administrative errors which cause results to go missing
  • Diagnostic delays which cause treatment to be less effective

If you’ve experienced a misdiagnosis that you believe is due to medical negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Our team of advisers can assess your needs and discuss the most suitable option for you.

How Long After An Accident Can You Claim Compensation?

The usual personal injury claims time limit is three years. That’s three years from the precise date you suffered the fractured eye socket or from when you realised the injury was due to someone else’s negligence. However, there are some exceptions to the three-year time limit:

  • Child accident claims: If you’re under 18, the three-year personal injury claims time limit begins from the date of your 18th birthday. However, if you’d like to claim sooner, someone you trust can act as a litigation friend to make a claim on your behalf. While you’re under 18, the claim time limit is suspended. If a litigation friend successfully claims on your behalf while you’re underage, your compensation money will be put into a locked bank account that you can access when you turn 18.
  • Mentally incapacitated: If you lack the mental ability to claim on your own behalf, a litigation friend can claim for you. In the event that you regain your mental capacity, the three-year time limit begins. Otherwise, it’s indefinitely suspended. 

If you’d like more advice about how long you have left to claim, you can have a chat with our team of advisers. They will be happy to help you figure out how much time you have left to claim compensation. 

I Fractured My Eye Socket, What Should I Do?

If you’ve suffered an eye injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. This ensures you receive the correct treatment for your injury rather than leaving it to worsen and deteriorate. Furthermore, you can use your medical report as a form of evidence if you make a personal injury claim. 

You will also need further evidence to prove that the accident wasn’t your fault. Examples of this evidence could be CCTV footage of the accident, pictures of your injury, and witness statements. If your accident happened at work or in public, you should report the accident so it can be included in the accident book. 

Moreover, you should gather as much evidence of your financial loss as possible. This evidence could be payslips to prove you suffered a loss of earnings due to your injuries. The more financial evidence you provide, the more expenses your special damages are likely to cover. 

Finally, you may wish to seek the help of a personal injury solicitor. Although not legally required, a solicitor could help the process run much more smoothly than it otherwise would. They know how to help claimants get more money from an injury claim. You can contact our team of advisers today, who can discuss your situation further. 

No Win No Fee Basis Broken And Fractured Eye Socket Compensation Claims

Our panel of personal injury lawyers would be happy to have a chat about No Win No Fee agreements with you. Working on a No Win No Fee basis means you and your personal injury solicitor sign a contractual agreement stating that you don’t have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees if your case fails. You also don’t need to pay them to start work on your claim or as it’s ongoing. 

If your case fails, you don’t have to pay anything to your solicitor for the work they have done on your case. If your case succeeds, your lawyer will deduct a small, legally capped percentage of your compensation to cover their costs. This percentage will be agreed upon with you before the claim begins.

If you’d like to find out more about making a personal injury claim, you can get in touch with our team of advisers by:

  • Calling an adviser on 020 3870 4868. They will be happy to give you free legal advice about your claim.
  • Filling out our online claim form to receive a response whenever best suits you.
  • Chatting with an adviser via our live chat pop-up box for an instant reply. 

Where To Find Out More

Broken Wrist Compensation Claims In The UK – If you’ve suffered a broken wrist injury that wasn’t your fault, our guide looks at how you can make a personal injury claim.

Shoulder Fracture Compensation Claims In The UK – Have you sustained a shoulder fracture injury? Our article explores how you can receive compensation if it wasn’t your fault.

How Do I Know If I’ve Broken A Bone? – Are you worried you have a broken bone? This NHS guide looks at the signs, treatment, and recovery process of this injury.

Eye Injuries – If you need more advice about a fractured eye socket, this NHS article gives you information about the symptoms and what you can do to seek treatment.

Highway Code- This publication sets out what drivers are expected to do to ensure the safety of others on the road.

Broken Bone Claim FAQs 

How much compensation do you get for an eye injury?

The compensation you receive for your eye injury will depend on a number of factors. The severity of the injury, the amount of time it takes you to recovery and the effect it has had on your quality of life will all be taken into consideration. 

Is a fractured eye socket serious?

A fractured eye socket can be serious, depending on the severity of the injury. To receive treatment and an assessment of the severity, you should seek medical attention straight away,

What can be done for orbital fracture?

Some orbital fractures may be left to heal on their own. However, in some cases, you may need to undergo surgery to help you heal. 

How long does a fractured eye socket take to heal?

The fractured eye socket surgery recovery time can vary on an individual basis. However, most people are allowed to resume daily activities after 3 weeks. If you didn’t have to go into surgery for your eye injury, the recovery time varies depending on each person and how severe the break is.

Do you always need surgery for a fractured eye socket?

Your doctor would assess your case to see if you needed surgery. It is true that some fractured eye socket injuries heal on their own. However, some may need surgery to free tissue from the affected area and remove fragments of bone.

Can I play sport with a fractured eye socket?

It would be wise to ask your doctor whether you can return to sport. Depending on the type of sport you undertake, and the severity of the injury, advice could vary. Your doctor may advise you to abstain from certain sports.

Can I see after a fractured eye socket?

One of the symptoms of a fractured eye socket could be a change in vision. If you experience difficulty with your sight after this type of injury, you should inform your doctor. They would be able to give you advice on this.

How long does it take to recover from a fractured eye socket?

This could depend on how severe the injury was, whether you needed surgery, and whether there was any infection from a wound. In general terms, without any complications, the bone should begin the healing process  within three to four weeks. However, this is not a quick process, as mature bone has to form, and recovery could take years.

Depending on where the fracture is and how severe it is, it could take several years for it to heal fully. If it does not heal properly, it can leave people with long term problems.

Thank you for reading our guide about fractured eye socket claims.