There is perhaps nothing more devastating than losing your sight in an accident, especially if this accident was through no fault of your own. Although nothing could ever compensate for this tragic occurrence, the law states that you should be helped to deal with your new lifestyle financially through personal injury compensation.
Accidents causing blindness
There are various ways a person can lose their sight through accidents that commonly happen in the workplace and other public places. It’s possible to become blind either suddenly or over a long period of time through gradual damage to the eye.
The bright lights workers such as welders have to deal with on a regular basis have the potential to cause severe eye damage if the proper eye protection is not worn. Various industrial chemicals can also cause blindness if they come into contact with the eyes. Electrical shocks can damage the sight, as can grit and other particles. Finally, blunt force trauma to the head and injuries with sharp objects can also cause irreparable damage to the eyes.
Sadly, after a person has become blind it’s likely that they will no longer be able to work as they once did. They may require a carer, at least until they learn to function well by themselves, and they may need to make modifications to their home. For this reason, loss of sight can be financially as well as emotionally devastating.
How to claim personal injury compensation for blindness
In order for a claim for personal injury compensation to be successful, the judge must decide that someone else’s negligence is to blame for an accident. When you are at work and in other public places, these organisations have a responsibility to keep you safe. You shouldn’t be exposed to excessively bright lights or dangerous chemicals, especially not if you haven’t been fully trained and don’t have the proper safety equipment.
To find out more about the process of claiming personal injury compensation, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient. Our advisors have plenty of experience in dealing with all sorts of injuries and they’ll be able to give you a good idea of who is likely to blame for your accident and how much compensation you should receive. For a very quick guide to your eligibility, consult our 30-second claim test online.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown