One of the worst things that can happen to you is losing your eyesight, especially if you lose it completely, which is thankfully quite uncommon, especially in an accident. Partial blindness, however, or blindness in one eye is a more common injury and there are many ways in which someone might lose their eyesight; it could be the result of an eye condition such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or cataracts. Alternatively the loss of sight could be the result of an injury, such as an accident in the workplace, causing damage which has a temporary or permanent impact upon your vision.
Causes of loss of sight at work
Losing eyesight, or even an eye, is more common in some working environments than others, especially in factories, building sites and industrial settings where machinery, equipment and power tools are being used. The loss of sight is usually the result of an accident, and often one that could and should have been avoided. Here are some causes of loss of sight at work:
- Trips and falls. Sometimes a person will fall and land heavily on their face, causing damage to the eye itself. Other times, blindness may be caused by falling onto a sharp object or surface which causes damage to the eyeball
- Machinery and power tools are often causes of eye accidents as they move or spin at high speed and present some kind of force. If not well maintained, such machinery may become dangerous and not operate possibly, subsequently causing an injury. Companies which provide such machinery for staff are responsible for ensuring that all equipment is kept in full working condition and all workers have been fully trained on how to use it safely
- Protective equipment and safety wear not being provided to workers. It is sometimes the case that protective goggles designed to protect the eye are not provided or worn in situations where they should be. It the responsibility of the employer to provide this safety wear and train staff on where and when to use it.
Making a claim for compensation
Beginning your compensation claim couldn’t be easier, call us now on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one our expert specialists and see if you are eligible to claim and how much you could receive.
If your accident happened in the last three years and it can be shown that it was not your fault, you have a good chance of success.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen