Losing your sight through an accident is always devastating, but there is nothing more galling than knowing that your accident could have been prevented. If you have lost your sight through an accident in the workplace, it’s very possible that the negligence of your employer has played a part.
Accidents due to employer negligence
Under UK law, your employer has a ‘duty of care’ to keep you safe when you are at work. This means that they should do everything possible to keep the environment as safe as possible and minimise your exposure to dangers, provide you with all of the correct safety equipment and make sure that it fits properly and is in good condition, provide you with thorough training and make sure that you are properly supervised at all times.
If you have had an accident due to an unsafe environment, or because of a lack of safety gear, training, or supervision, this means that your employer has neglected this duty of care and is indirectly responsible for your accident.
There are various hazards in the workplace that can cause blindness. Welders and other construction workers have to come into contact with very bright lights, for example, which can cause irreparable damage to the eye. Blindness can be caused through gradual damage to the eye over a very long time, as in the case of grit or other particles being constantly rubbed against the cornea. Chemicals, burns and blunt force trauma can also all cause permanent loss of sight.
Making a claim for personal injury compensation for blindness
If you feel you have lost your sight due to employer negligence, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient. Our advisors will be able to give you a good idea of whether your accident was indeed due to employer negligence, and how much a court is likely to award in personal injury compensation if your claim is successful.
Talk to the specialists
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Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown