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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 are the worst eye injuries people have claimed for?


    According to the Health and Safety Executive, up to 2,000 people in the UK suffer eye injuries every day as a result of accidents at work. The eyes are incredibly important and even an innocuous accident can cause major damage. If you’ve been injured at work and you were not to blame, the Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim work injury compensation.

    Examples of the worst eye injuries

    The eyes are very fragile and even a minor accident can have severe implications for your vision and sight. Work-related eye injuries can range from mild to very serious and in the worst cases, workers have claimed compensation for blindness and partial loss of sight. Other serious eye injuries and examples of accidents include:

    • head trauma, which can cause blurred and double vision
    • burns and chemical irritation
    • electric shock
    • injuries caused by flying objects
    • eye injuries caused by grit and other substances getting into the eyes (this is very common in construction, engineering and agriculture)

    The worst eye injuries are most commonly found in people who work in chemical, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, welding, construction, carpentry, agriculture and manufacturing.

    Protecting your eyes at work

    If your job carries a risk of eye injuries, here are some pointers to reduce the risk of suffering the worst eye injuries at work:

    • wear suitable protective clothing and equipment, such as goggles or a mask, when operating machinery and power tools
    • ensure you have the relevant training to use machinery
    • wear gloves and goggles when handling hazardous substances
    • take regular breaks to rest your eyes
    • see an optician if you notice that your sight is deteriorating
    • seek advice from your GP and inform your employer if you experience changes in your vision, such as loss of peripheral vision, double vision or blurred vision

    Making a work accident claim

    If you would like to claim no win, no fee* compensation for a work injury, visit Accident Advice Helpline or call our 24-hour free phone line on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We could help you secure a work accident payout in the event that you have suffered eye injuries, partial or total blindness as a result of an incident at work, which was not your fault. The amount you could claim depends on the severity of your injuries and the impact of the incident on your quality of life, your physical health and mental well-being and your financial status.

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    Date Published: November 13, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.