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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

    Blindness compensation claims

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’re keen to help people making blindness claims for compensation to get the best possible results. We never keep our clients waiting, we always match them up with expert solicitors and we only charge for cases that we win. We’ll even provide advice for free, with phone lines open round the clock and no commitment required. We’re here to help people like you to get access to justice.

    What counts as blindness?

    We’re happy to help in any case where you’ve suffered an eye injury that was somebody else’s fault, provided it fits the legal eligibility criteria. We take partial blindness just as seriously as complete blindness, although the amount of compensation you could receive will partly depend on how severe your blindness is. In order to make a blindness claim for compensation, you will need an optician or ophthalmologist to confirm your problems.

    Because of the way in which the law works, it is usually only possible to make a claim within three years of the incident that caused your blindness. If you were a child when it happened, this three-year period starts from your 18th birthday. Special allowances are sometimes made in cases where problems in the workplace have led to blindness developing slowly and it hasn’t been diagnosed until later.

    How claiming works

    If our advisers agree that you have a valid case and you want to take it forward, we’ll find you a solicitor who has dealt with cases like yours before in order to maximise your chance of success. You’ll be able to communicate with your solicitor by phone. Documents that you need to sign can be sent to you by courier or we can arrange for somebody to read them to you over the phone. We will do our best to make other adjustments in accordance with your needs, to make materials important to the case as accessible to you as possible.

    We aim to keep the claims process simple for all of our clients. How closely involved you want to be is up to you, but your solicitor will discuss all important decisions with you. You may be able to get a good deal by settling out of court, removing the need for a court appearance.

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    What claiming covers

    A successful blindness compensation claim should mean that you receive a substantial sum to compensate you for your loss of sight. You will also receive money for expenses (if you’ve saved your receipts) and for loss of earnings occurring as a result. Finally, you will receive a payment that is designed to help you in the future. This could be money for you to live on if you can’t work, money for support and adjustments to help you return to work, or money to help you retrain in an area where your blindness won’t be a barrier. It can also provide for counselling and practical support to help you be more independent in life.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on making your claim.

    Date Published: October 11, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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