Loss of sight is a life-changing injury, which can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life, as well as your employability. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work and you’ve lost part or all of your sight, you may be eligible for compensation.
What causes blindness?
There are many possible causes of blindness associated with work accidents and working in specific environments. Examples include:
- electric shock
- physical assault
- head injuries caused by falls from height or slips and trips
- exposure to bright lights
- working with hazardous chemicals
Contributors to blindness: Electric shock
There is a risk of electric shock in almost every setting, from the home to the workplace. Injuries caused by an electric shock range from minor burns to loss of sight and severe fractures, head injuries and internal bleeding caused by falling after an electric shock.
Blindness can be caused by the initial shock or by exposure to a sudden, very bright flash of light.
Preventing electric shocks in the workplace
Every employer in the UK should comply with health and safety procedures to protect workers and reduce the risk of employees suffering work injuries and work-related illness.
All electrical equipment should be tested on a regular basis, workers should receive the relevant training in using equipment and protective clothing and head wear should be provided.
All employers should carry out risk assessment on a regular basis and report any work accidents; they should also take steps to learn from previous accidents to ensure that they don’t happen again.
Claiming compensation for industrial blindness
Even partial loss of sight can have a major impact on your life, as well as those closest to you. If you’ve been injured at work and you have partial or complete blindness as a result, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim work injury compensation.
The no-win no-fee* compensation you receive could help to cover lost earnings and provide for your family in the future if you are unable to work, you are forced to change jobs, or you have to take a prolonged period of time off work.
If you would like to press ahead with a work illness claim, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to talk to one of our professional advisers, and determine whether you have a case that is likely to succeed if pursued.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice