Can I Claim Compensation For An Eye Injury At Work?

If you are seeking eye injury at work compensation, this guide could help you understand the process of doing so including the criteria that must be met. Employees are owed a duty of care by employers. If this is breached and you are injured, not only does this constitute employer negligence, you could be able to make a personal injury claim. This guide will explore the eligibility criteria to make an accident at work claim in more detail later on.

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A Guide To Claiming Eye Injury At Work Compensation

Additionally, this guide will supply specific examples of how you could suffer an eye injury at work and the steps you could take after sustaining harm. For example, we will discuss the evidence you could gather and the ways in which a solicitor could help you. 

Furthermore, we discuss how compensation is valued and what your settlement could include if your case succeeds.

For more information, you can get in touch with an advisor. They can assess your potential claim to see if you are eligible to seek personal injury compensation. If you are, they could connect you with an accident at work solicitor from our panel to represent your case on a No Win No Fee basis. To get in touch: 

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Can I Claim Eye Injury At Work Compensation?

The duty of care your employer owes you is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). In order to uphold their duty of care, they need to take reasonable and practical steps to ensure the safety of the workplace, environment, equipment, and facilities to prevent injury to employees. 

Examples of the steps they could take include:

  • Carrying out risk assessments and acting on any hazards they find.
  • Providing adequate training to employees.
  • Providing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as goggles, where the risk posed by a hazard cannot be completely removed.

If you wish to begin a personal injury claim for eye injury at work compensation, you must have sustained a physical or psychological injury as a result of your employer breaching their duty of care. 

Our advisors can tell you if you have a valid accident at work claim if you get in touch. If you do, they may connect you with a solicitor from our panel. 

Evidence For An Accident At Work Claim

Gathering evidence to support your case is an important part of the personal injury claims process. This can be done in the following ways: 

  • Filling out the accident at work book so the incident is on file.
  • Seeking medical attention and keeping a copy of any medical records.
  • Keeping a diary of your symptoms and treatments, which can give details on the emotional and physical pain and suffering you experienced.
  • Taking pictures of your injuries or the hazard that caused them.
  • Gathering CCTV footage of the incident, if there is any. 
  • Acquiring witness contact details for statements to be made at a later date. 
  • Displaying any financial losses via receipts, bank statements or invoices. 

Time Limits When Claiming For An Eye Injury In The Workplace

Personal injury claims for accidents at work must be started within 3 years from the date of the accident in accordance with the Limitation Act 1980. There are exceptions that might apply to this time limitation in certain scenarios. This includes: 

  • The injured person being under the age of 18
  • The injured person lacking the mental capacity to claim

In these instances, the time limit is paused allowing a suitable adult time to apply to the courts and act as a litigation friend on the injured person’s behalf.

For children, if no claim is made on their behalf by the time they turn 18, they will have 3 years from this date to begin their own claim. For those who lack the mental capacity, if no claim is made on their behalf and they recover their capacity to begin their own claim, they will have three years from the recovery date to do so.

A personal injury lawyer from our panel can ensure your case is brought forward within the relevant time limit. They can also help you gather evidence to build a strong case.

If you have any questions regarding the time limits and how a solicitor could assist you, get in touch on the number above.

Examples Of How An Eye Injury At Work Could Occur

There are several ways an eye injury could be sustained in the workplace. For example:

  • Your employer does not provide you with the necessary PPE, such as eye protection, when working with hazardous chemicals. As a result, they get into your eye, which leads to you suffering an eye injury, involving loss of sight.
  • When working with a saw or drill on a construction site, you are not given goggles to protect from debris flying off the materials you are working with. As a result, you sustain damage to your eye.

To discuss your specific accident and find out whether you’re eligible to receive eye injury at work compensation, get in touch on the number above.

What Eye Injury At Work Compensation Could I Receive?

The injury at work compensation payout you could be entitled to may be comprised of up to two heads of claim. Firstly, you could receive compensation for the emotional and physical pain and suffering your injuries have caused you, under general damages. 

We have provided you with a table of compensation brackets that have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is used by legal professionals when valuing general damages. However, these figures have only been provided as guidance. This is because all personal injury claims are unique, and your payout could differ to the figures listed in the table. 

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Injury Type Severity Compensation Bracket – Guide Details
Eye Injury Total blindness In the region of
£268,720
There is a loss of sight in both eyes.
Eye Injury Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the other (i) £95,990 to £179,770 There is a serious risk of sight in the remaining eye deteriorating further.
Eye Injury Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the other (ii) £63,950 to £105,990 In addition to reduced vision in the remaining eye, there are problems such as double vision.
Eye Injury Loss of eye £54,830 to £65,710 The payout for this bracket will be based on aspects such as, age, psychiatric consequences and cosmetic effect.
Eye Injury Total loss of sight in one eye £49,270 to £54,830 The risk of sympathetic ophthalmia is taken into account.
Eye Injury Incomplete loss of vision in one eye £23,680 to £39,340 Cases of serious but incomplete loss of vision in one eye without major risk of reduction or loss of of vision in the remaining eye.
Eye Injury Permanent impairment of vision £9,110 to £20,980 Minor but continuing impairment of vision in one or both eyes.
Eye Injury Minor £3,950 to £8,730 Minor injuries that cause initial pain and some temporary interference with vision, such as being splashed by liquids.
Eye Injury Transient £2,200 to £3,950 The injured person will have completely recovered within a week.

Other Settlement Amounts – Special Damages

The other head of claim that may be included in your settlement is special damages. This aims to reimburse you for any monetary damage that is caused by your injuries. This could include: 

  • Home renovation costs. 
  • Travel costs. 
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Medical expenses. 
  • Care costs. 

Our advisors can give you an accurate estimate of how much accident at work compensation you could be awarded for a successful claim. Please do not hesitate to contact our team for more details. 

No Win No Fee Accident At Work Solicitors

An injury at work solicitor from our panel could use their experience handling claims similar to your own to help you seek eye injury at work compensation. They can offer to work your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. There are different types of contracts that could be offered, however, the solicitors from our panel work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which generally means the following:

  • No upfront or continuing costs for the services provided by the solicitor
  • No payment for the solicitor’s work should the claim have an unsuccessful outcome

A successful claim outcome will mean you pay your accident at work solicitor a percentage of your compensation. This is deducted from your compensation. However, the percentage the solicitor is eligible to take has a legislative cap, meaning you can keep the majority of your compensation.

If you would like to find out whether a solicitor could take your claim on this basis, contact an advisor. They could put you in contact with a solicitor if your claim is valid. For more information, you can: 

Further Guidance On Claiming Compensation For An Eye Injury At Work

Here are some more of our guides on claiming for an accident at work:

Furthermore, we have included more external resources below:

If you have any other questions about seeking eye injury at work compensation, contact an advisor via the details provided above.

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