There are few things more devastating than losing your sight. If you have sustained industrial blindness, or a sight impairment, due to an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
Although nothing can compensate for this tragic injury, compensation for a work accident can at the very least help you financially, by making up for a loss of income and any implications the impairment may have on your future employment and quality of life.
Bright lights can cause blindness
It’s possible to lose your sight either suddenly or over a long period of time through gradual damage to the eye caused by exposure to bright lights. If you are using bright lights and have not been given protection for your eyes, then you are at severe risk of eye damage, short and long term.
Welders, for example, are constantly working around bright lights, which will gradually lead to a loss of sight over time if adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) is not used.
Although ailments may be sustained over time, rather than in an immediate work accident, electricians can potentially suffer from industrial blindness, especially so if they are working with particularly bright lights.
Construction workers who work under floodlights during night work are also at risk of work-related sight impairment.
How to claim compensation
When you are at work your employer has a legal responsibility to protect you safe from work accidents, and occupational health risks including exposure to bright lights. Following risk assessments, if you are found to be working at risk of illness or injury, your employer must take the necessary precautions to minimise this risk by providing safety equipment, giving relevant training, and instigating regulations to control your exposure to these issues.
When you sustain an injury or illness as a result of an accident at work, or your employer’s negligence, you may have a good case to claim work-related personal injury compensation. This can help you and your family with the difficult times that lie ahead.
Accident Advice Helpline
Each year Accident Advice Helpline will help thousands of people win the financial compensation award that they deserve following an accident at work that was not their fault.
We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, which means that you are at no financial risk should your claim for compensation fail. Accident Advice Helpline have 15 years’ experience, and are endorsed by the successful consumer campaigner, Dame Esther Rantzen.
Accident Advice Helpline are ready and waiting to take your call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via our Freephone helpline, 0800 689 0500. If you have been injured at work or suffered from industrial blindness, contact us today.