In this guide, we’ll be exploring accident at work eye injury claims. There are certain criteria that must be met in order to seek compensation. We will explore this in further detail throughout our guide.
Further down on this page, we’ll explore the different steps you can take to do build a strong case, such as the evidence you can gather to strengthen your claim.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors work under a specific type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement. This could be financially beneficial to you when making a claim, as it mitigates the financial risk of hiring an accident at work lawyer for their services. We will provide more information on this type of arrangement later on in our guide.
For free legal advice, then contact our advisors by using the information below. You can reach them by:
- Filling out our ‘contact us’ form online
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- Can I Claim Compensation For An Eye Injury From An Accident At Work?
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- What Is The Process Of Making A Personal Injury Claim?
- Calculating Eye Injury Accident At Work Compensation
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- Extra Guidance About Claiming Compensation For An Eye Injury From An Accident At Work
Eye injuries have the potential to have a large impact on the quality of your life. This can range all the way from a slightly irritated eye to a more severe and permanent injury that could reduce your vision in one or both eyes.
If you make a successful claim, the accident at work compensation you receive can reflect the impact your injury has had on your life, physically, psychologically and financially.
However, in order to make a successful accident at work claim, you need to prove that your injuries were a result of your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you. We will discuss the duty of care they owe in more detail in the following sections.
You can get in touch with us by using the contact information above to discuss your claim with one of our advisors. Alternatively, you can continue reading for more information on claiming for an accident at work and the eye injury compensation you could receive.
Eye Injury Statistics
Next, we’ll find out what official accident at work statistics can tell us,
According to employer reports made under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, there were 61,713 non-fatal injuries to employees in 2021/22. Of these, there were 739 injuries to the eye.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 explains how an employer has a duty of care to their employees. This means your employer should ensure that they take reasonable steps to reduce or remove the risk of harm posed by the equipment you use, the environment you work in, and any facilities used.
An employer may be in breach of this duty of care if they fail to reduce or remove any risks posed by known hazards in the workplace. In order for you to make a claim, you have to prove that this breach of a duty of care occurred and you experienced harm as a result. This is known as negligence.
Below are some examples of different scenarios where an employer could breach their duty of care:
- An employer fails to provide necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as goggles while working with hazardous materials, resulting in an employee sustaining a severe eye injury.
- An employer fails to provide training to employees, resulting in them being injured.
- An employer fails to ensure that equipment is safe, resulting in an employee being hurt whilst using it.
After you’ve sustained an eye injury at work, one of the first things that you should do is seek medical attention. This is to first understand the nature of your injuries and understand the recovery process that you’ll have to undergo. As well as this, you can ask for copies of any medical records, which can help to support your case.
Some other examples of evidence you can provide in support of your case can include:
- Write a journal detailing your recovery, and any symptoms you experienced or are experiencing
- Evidence of the accident/your injuries, this can come from CCTV footage or photographs
- Contact details of witnesses for a witness statement to be taken at a later date.
If you’re struggling to find evidence to support your claim, then our panel of personal injury solicitors would be more than happy help, providing that you have a valid accident at work eye injury claim.
General damages is a head of claim under which compensation is awarded to a person if they’re successful in their claim. These damages aim to compensate claimants for the suffering that they’ve experienced due to their injuries.
Below is a table detailing compensation brackets for different eye injuries. These come from the Judicial College Guidelines which is used by legal professionals to help them get an estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries.
|Injuries Affecting Sight||In the region of £268,720||(b) Total blindness|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£95,990 - £179,770||(c) (i) Sight is lost in one eye and the remaining eye has reduced vision and there is a serious risk that this can deteriorate further.|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£63,950 - £105,990||(c) (ii) Sight is lost in one eye and there is reduced vision in the other eye and other problems such as double vision.|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£54,830 - £65,710||(d) One eye is completely lost.|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£54,830 - £65,710||(e) Sight is completely lost in one eye.|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£23,680 - £39,340||(f) Cases where there is a serious but incomplete loss of vision in one eye. However, there is no significant reduction of vision in the remaining eye.|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£9,110 - £20,980||(g) Cases in this bracket include where both vision in both eyes has been permanently impaired.|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£3,950 - £8,730||(h) Minor eye injuries such as where someone has been struck in the eye, exposed to fumes such as smoke or has been splashed by liquids. This cases initial pain and vision is temporarily impaired.|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||£2,200 - £3,950||(j) Transient eye injuries from which the injured person will have completely recovered from within a few weeks.|
Note that these figures are guidelines only. This is due to the variety of different factors that have to be considered when working out general damages.
Special damages are another head of claim that aim to reimburse claimants for any financial expenditures incurred due to their injury. This can come in a variety of different forms, including:
- Cost of care
- Medical expenses
- Cost of renovations needed to help with recovery
- Loss of earnings
It’s important to provide evidence to support your claim for losses under special damages. This evidence can come in the form of Invoices, bank statements, and receipts.
To learn more about making a successful claim for an accident at work and the eye injury compensation you could be awarded, get in touch on the number above.
A Conditional Fee Agreement is a type of No Win No Fee agreement that can be financially beneficial for you when hiring the services of your solicitor. Under the terms of this arrangement, you generally won’t be expected to pay any upfront costs or any ongoing fees for your solicitor’s services during the claims process.
As well as this, you’ll not be required to pay for your solicitor’s services after your claim is unsuccessful. If the claim is a success, you will pay a success fee from your compensation to your solicitor. This is subject to a legal cap.
Make An Eye Injury Claim
If you’re interested in making a personal injury claim, or want some free legal advice, then you can get in contact with our advisors anytime by using the details below. They can help you understand whether you’re eligible to seek compensation. If you are, they may assign a solicitor from our panel to represent your case.
To learn more, you can:
- Contact us online
- Chat with one of our advisors by using our live chat feature on our website
- Call the number above
If you’d like to know more about accident at work claims, then you can read some more of our guides here:
- Do I Receive Sick Pay After An Accident At Work?
- Can I Claim After I Slipped At Work?
- How Do I Complete An Accident At Work Report Form?
Additionally, here are some external links you can follow:
Thank you for reading this guide on when you can claim for an accident at work if you had an eye injury. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the number above.
Writer Louis Punch
Editor Meg MacAllister