Accident At Work Claims

Eye Injury Compensation

The eye is an extremely delicate organ and needs special protection in dangerous workplaces. Eye injuries at work can have devastating consequences, so your employer has a duty to make sure that you’re safe in your working environment.

Our workplace accident solicitors could help you claim compensation if you’ve suffered an eye injury because of your employer’s negligence. Common causes of eye injuries at work include:

  • Goggles, safety glasses and face shields not being provided
  • A lack of training
  • Defective machinery
  • Improper storage of dangerous chemicals

Effects of eye injuries can include:

  • Blindness
  • Corneal damage
  • Eyesight deterioration
  • Loss of an eye
  • Retinal detachment

We understand how devastating an eye injury can be, having an impact on almost every aspect of your life. That’s why we’ll work closely with you to ensure that all of your needs are taken into account by the compensation.

This could mean helping you access private medical treatment for your eye, getting funds for a piece of specialist equipment or advising you on your benefits situation if you’re no longer able to work.

Most of our eye injury claims are funded on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won’t have to worry about legal costs during your case*. As we have personal injury experts across the country, we can help you wherever you’re based.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our lawyers will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals and health and safety specialists. These experts will analyse why your accident happened and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future and any precautions that need to be implemented in your workplace.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your employer doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Compensation can make a real difference to your life, ensuring that you can access the healthcare and support to make the best recovery you can. By making a claim with us, we can get you funds which can help pay for:

      • Private healthcare treatment
      • Physiotherapy
      • Psychological therapy
      • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)
      • Loss of income
      • Household adaptations

      The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the likelihood that you’ll make a full recovery. We’ll seek expert opinions on what care you’ll need to ensure that the compensation we claim will be sufficient.

      If your employer accepts responsibility for your accident, we could help you get early compensation payments. Often known as interim payments, these funds will be taken from your final settlement and can help pay for ongoing care costs and expenses, before your claim has settled.

    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • We could help you make a claim if you’ve suffered an eye injury in the workplace, whether you’re an employee, a contractor, a member of the public or a visitor.

      Even if you’re a casual worker or self-employed, you might still be considered as an employee under UK law, giving you the same rights as other workers when it comes to health and safety.

      If you’re an agency worker who has suffered an eye injury, both the agency you work for and the owners of the business should take responsibility for your safety. They should work together to make sure that precautions are in place to protect you.

      We can also help with claims being made on behalf of others including:

      • On behalf of a child who has been in an accident before their 18th birthday
      • or someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to handle their own case
      • On behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away

      If you’ve sadly lost a loved one in a workplace accident, we can help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by their death and to cover funeral expenses
      • Representing you at inquest
      • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve from those responsible

      Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award, a flat rate of £12,980 which is provided when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years to make a claim from the date of your accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • Under 18s – you can claim on behalf of a child who was on work experience or working part-time. No time limits apply in these circumstances until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply.
      • Mental capacity – you can make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves, including when someone has suffered a serious head/brain injury as a result of their accident. In these circumstances, no time limits apply.
      • Fatal claims – if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who died, you’ll either have three years from the date of their death or the date of the accident to make a claim.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your claim, we’ll discuss the funding options available, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI), or can access support through trade union membership, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Our Experts
    • We have experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people to claim compensation after accidents at work. We know the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we can answer all of your questions in plain English.

      As well as helping you claim compensation, we can also help with your rehabilitation and recovery. If you can’t work because of your injuries, then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you recover.

      Having helped many other clients who have suffered from eye injuries, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Workplace Eye Injuries?

The eye is vulnerable to a range of different injuries if not protected properly. Accidents can have long-term effects on your eyesight, so it’s vital that you’re given the right training and equipment to safeguard against harm.

Some of the most common workplace eye injuries involve:

  • Blunt force (e.g. being struck by a piece of machinery or a falling object)
  • Chemicals (e.g. acids and fuels)
  • Different kinds of small particles (e.g. dust, metal and concrete)
  • Exposure to heat
  • Sharp objects (e.g. fragments of glass)

We’ll investigate the circumstances leading to your eye injury, working out how it could have been prevented. Our solicitors have years of experience helping people who have suffered because of poor health and safety procedures. Phone us on 0800 056 4110 to find out more about making a compensation claim.

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What Constitutes Employer Negligence?

Employers have a legal responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect their workers from harm. When it comes to potential eye injuries, this means making sure that those working in dangerous environments have access to the right safety equipment, such as: 

  • Goggles
  • Safety glasses
  • Face shields

However, it’s not enough just to provide employees with safety equipment. Employers must ensure that gear actually fits the person using it. If you wear prescription glasses, for example, you should be supplied with equipment that takes this into account. Similarly, anti-fog treatment is important in some workplaces.

If you’ve been injured after your employer has failed to provide you with suitable equipment, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Please phone one of our legal advisers on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial discussion about your case.

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What Happens If I’ve Lost An Eye Or Gone Blind?

Losing your eye or your vision is a life-changing experience. We’ll take great care to guide and support you through a distressing time, helping you access vital services and treatment.

Our dedicated team of client liaison managers understand the kind of challenges you’ll be facing, and we’ll tailor our service to your needs. We could help you with:

  • House adaptations to increase your independence
  • Specialist rehabilitation treatments
  • Care requirements
  • Managing your compensation funds
  • Ocular prosthetics

We can also advise you on what benefits you’re eligible for after your eye injury, such as:

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Employment and Support Allowance

With decades of experience representing people who have suffered serious injuries, our lawyers have first-hand experience of the issues you may be dealing with. We’ll treat your claim with the sensitivity and tenacity it deserves.

For a free initial consultation about your case, please phone 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

Our workplace accident solicitors work closely with rehabilitation specialists to ensure that our clients receive the support they need.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.

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Our offices are located in major cities throughout the UK and have excellent transport links.

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