Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are used to dealing with industrial eye strain claims and similar problems. Although working conditions in Britain have improved a lot over the past few decades, unfortunately there are still problems remaining, including situations in which employers don’t take the responsibility they should. The good news is that even if the law does not succeed in protecting you in the first place, it can usually ensure that you get compensation if the injury wasn’t your fault.
How soon do I have to claim?
The law says that most compensation claims have to be made within three years of the damage being done, but in the case of medical issues the courts may approach this with some discretion. If your eye problem only became apparent to you later, but your optician thinks it can be traced back to your work, it may still be possible for you to make a claim. Call our telephone advisors and they will be able to talk through your options with you.
That said, the sooner you can make a claim, the easier it is to build up a rock solid case. We have aimed to make this easier for you by keeping our lines open round the clock, and if you decide to claim with us then you won’t have to wait in a queue to see a solicitor. We have access to expert solicitors all across the country and we will be able to find somebody who can help you right away, if we think you have a valid claim.
How do I make a claim?
Making a claim is nothing like as complicated as you might expect. Once we have put you in touch with a solicitor, you can work with them to build up evidence in support of your claim. This may involve you going to see an independent ophthalmic specialist for a fresh assessment of your condition, but this can be organised for you and the specialist will normally be careful to avoid causing you any extra stress.
It is often easier to make a claim like this if other people from the same workplace have been similarly affected. You can help with this by tracking down current and past work colleagues and putting them in touch with your solicitor, who will be able to take formal statements from them. It may be appropriate for several people to claim.
It is only possible to bring a successful claim of this type if it can be shown that your employer knew, or should have known, that the working conditions had the potential to cause problems such as those you are experiencing. Fortunately, there is a good deal of case law in this area and legal and professional standards about things such as the provision of adequate lighting, and this makes it easier to take forward successfully.
Because we only get paid if you win, you can be confident that we won’t mislead you about the likely success of your claim. With industrial eye strain claims, as with other types of work related injury, you can always be sure that Accident Advice Helpline is on your side. Call us today for free on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown