The answer to the above question depends upon the circumstances that caused your injury. If using a computer is part of your work, it is reasonable to assume that it could put a strain on your eyes. Staring at a screen for hours on end is not good for the eyes and your employer should know this.
It is common practice for an employer to contribute to the cost of eye tests and spectacles for a member of staff who has to use a computer for hours at a time, and they should explain to you how you could obtain these benefits.
If they have not helped you out in this way, it could mean that your eyes have been under more strain than is necessary and you may be able to make a personal injury claim as a result. Talk to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about how to make such a claim. A member of our team will be able to take your details and confirm whether you have a valid claim.
What will I claim for?
Eye strain could mean that you are not able to work for a few weeks whilst you get the treatment that you need. If this is the case for you, it could be that you might not be paid for the time you have to take off work.
Not every employer wants to provide full pay for someone who is off sick, and the length of time you will need to take off work will obviously depend upon the severity of your condition.
A loss of earnings is a real possibility and this poses a completely new set of questions. How will the bills be paid? How will the family manage? What about all those extras – will we have to do without?
The thought of taking legal action is not a pleasant one, but it does mean that you can get justice as well as financial compensation. The compensation is designed to cover your loss of earnings and any other expenses that you may have incurred because of this problem.
Eye strain from a computer could mean that you find doing many other things difficult, such as reading, watching TV, or even driving. This could have a major impact on everyday life – it will not just be your job that is affected.
What do I need to do?
Talk to an advisor at Accident Advice Helpline. We will take all the details of your circumstances and work out if you do have valid grounds to make a claim.
Our team is on hand to answer any questions that you have, and not only do you not have to pay anything when you call our free, 24-hour helpline, you will not be faced with any upfront legal fees thanks to our no win, no fee policy.
As it costs you nothing to find out more, there is no harm in making a phone call today to find out if we are able to do something about your current situation.
Date Published: December 16, 2014