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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What kind of accidents could contribute to blindness?


    Sight is such a precious sense and partially or completely losing your sight can be devastating and totally life-changing. If you’ve suffered problems with your vision or lost your eyesight as a result of accidents at work, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.

    Who is at risk of work-related blindness?

    There are many different jobs, which may carry a risk of occupational sight loss or blindness; examples of industries, which are particularly dangerous include:

    • manufacturing
    • mechanics
    • construction
    • welding
    • electrics
    • engineering
    • carpentry

    Examples of work accidents, which may contribute to blindness include:

    • violent crime and abuse
    • electric shock
    • exposure to bright lights
    • contact with hazardous chemicals
    • grit becoming trapped in the eye, resulting from using machinery or tools

    Reducing the risk of work injuries

    All UK employers are required to comply with health and safety policies, which are put in place in to reduce the risk of work injuries and work-related illness. Here are some examples of measures, which may help to lower the risk of accidents that may cause blindness:

    • provide all employees with protective personal equipment, including masks, safety glasses or goggles
    • ensure all employees have the relevant skills and training
    • carry out regular risk assessment
    • act on any accidents that are reported
    • encourage regular breaks to rest the eyes
    • ensure all hazardous chemicals are stored safely and clearly marked

    Can I claim compensation for loss of sight?

    If you’ve partially or completely lost your sight as a result of a work accident, which was not your fault, you may be able to claim work injury compensation. If you’ve been injured at work in the last 3 years and you can prove that you were not to blame for your work-related injuries, you have the right to compensation.

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    Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in handling work injury claims and our team of highly skilled lawyers takes care of the all the hard work, legal jargon and negotiations, providing you with a stress-free claims process.

    No win, no fee** compensation can be used to help with medical costs or provide financial assistance with bills and living costs in the event that you lose income due to changing job, taking time off work or giving up employment altogether.

    Call us now on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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