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Eye Injury Compensation

Can I claim eye injury compensation for burns and temporary blindness caused by an industrial chemical spillage at work? If so, how much will I get?

Question:

Can I claim eye injury compensation for burns and temporary blindness caused by an industrial chemical spillage at work? If so, how much will I get?

Answer:

Eye injury compensation claims are surprisingly common. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that 120,000 people suffer from eye injuries each year. Many of these eye injuries are accidents, which could not have been foreseen or easily prevented, however when an eye injury has been sustained which was the fault of a third party, it is possible to claim eye injury compensation.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 stipulate that an employer must maintain the working environment to a high standard to reduce the chance of accidents happening. An employer must take steps to reduce risks to employees, such as providing the appropriate safety equipment, and training in the use of dangerous substances. If your job involved the use of dangerous chemicals, and safety glasses were not provided for example, this would be deemed as negligence on the part of your employer and would entitle you to make an  eye injury compensation claim.

Just as employers have a responsibility for the safety of workers, employees too must be vigilant in the work place, and take preventative steps to avoid accidents causing injuries. If safety glasses were provided and they are not worn, this could affect your eligibility to claim. It would also affect how much eye injury compensation your claim would be settled at if negligence was proven but it was considered that you contributed to your eye injury by your own lack of care.

Many avoidable eye injuries are sustained every year which should have been prevented had an employer adopted good working practices and maintained a safe environment for employees to work in. As long as you and your appointed personal injury solicitor can prove that on the balance of probabilities that your injuries were caused by the negligence of your employer, you should be eligible to claim eye injury compensation

If your claim is successful, you will be awarded damages to cover the loss of function in your eye and for pain and suffering caused by the accident. The cost of initial and ongoing treatment, together with any loss of earnings as a result of the accident will also be factored into an eye injury compensation claim. The damages will be calculated taking into account many factors, such as the duration of treatment, the extent of the injury, loss of amenity and any long term damage.

It is not possible to calculate the exact amount of eye injury compensation that you can claim, however a solicitor would be able to give you an indication after making a full assessment of your case, and it is recommended that you speak with a personal injury solicitor familiar with eye injury compensation claims at your earliest possible opportunity.