‘Can I claim for a solvent in the eye accident?’ is probably the most critical question you should ask if you have sustained an ocular chemical burn. Chemical injuries to a very sensitive area of the body, such as the eye, are very dangerous as they can lead to serious complications, including infection and permanent vision loss. The solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline who specialise in personal injury claims, can discuss with you the type of eye injury that you have suffered, along with specific symptoms, recommended treatment, and predicted outlook, in order to establish whether or not you have a valid claim. Once the validity of your claim is determined, we will explain how to file a personal injury claim against those responsible for your accident.
Eye chemical burn assessment
Chemical burns to the eye can be caused by various substances, ranging from mild soaps to harsh solvents, such as alkalis and acids. Although soap is a powerful eye irritant, it usually does not cause any serious symptoms and complications. On the other hand, solvents are more dangerous, some of them having a drastic impact on the eye, causing sight loss and even loss of the eye itself. Considering these consequences, you can understand that ‘playing’ with chemicals can be very risky.
How much compensation can you receive?
If your vision has been affected by a chemical burn as a result of someone else’s negligence, we are here to ensure that the maximum level of compensation will be made available for your physical and psychological harm.
The amount you can receive for your injury, however, is entirely dependent on specific factors, including circumstances before and after the accident, the severity of tissue damage, associated mental trauma, the type and strength of solvent that caused your injury, the quantity of chemical that reached the eye, the duration of exposure, and how quickly you received treatment after the accident.
The compensation award you can claim for a chemical eye injury ranges between:
- £1,250 and £2,150 for transient injuries, cases in which a person recovers completely within several weeks.
- £2,150 and £4,750 for minor injuries, which cause temporary or permanent interference with vision.
- £6,750 and £11,500 for minor to complete loss of sight in one eye.
- £13,000 and £21,500 for loss of vision in one eye with a risk of reduction or loss of vision in the remaining eye.
- £27,000 and £30,000 for sympathetic ophthalmia, which can leave the patient completely blind.
Depending on the level of the cosmetic effect of the injury, scars around the eyes, for example, you may qualify for a higher amount of compensation.
To help you receive your rightful compensation, we will check if your employer has carried out regular and comprehensive hazard assessments in order to minimise the risk of chemical accidents. We will also verify if all employees have received appropriate training and personal protective equipment. If your employer has failed to do so, they can be held responsible for your accident.
In conclusion, you should stop wondering, ‘Can I claim for a solvent in the eye accident?’ or ‘How much can I get?’ and contact one of the personal injury specialists at Accident Advice Helpline via their freephone number on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 16, 2014
Author: David Brown