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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Work blindness claim


    Work blindness claim

    If you’ve suffered serious damage to your sight as a result of an injury or unsafe conditions in the workplace, you may be entitled to make a work blindness claim. This could give you the financial means to live much more independently despite your blindness. It could also force changes that make other people in your workplace safer in the future. It’s easier than ever to do this and you do not need any money in order to start a claim.

    When can I claim?

    If the problem that caused your blindness occurred in the last three years and your blindness has been recognised by an optician or ophthalmologist, you may be entitled to claim. Your blindness does not need to be the result of a single incident but could be caused, for instance, by exposure to harsh chemicals or by doing close work under poor light conditions over a number of months or years.

    Occasionally, blindness develops later in life in people who have spent time in unsafe working conditions. If your eye specialist thinks it can be traced directly to your work, you may be given special permission to bring a case after the three-year period has elapsed.

    Getting help

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we deal with a large volume of industrial injury cases. Our lines are open day and night, seven days a week. If you decide to call, we’ll talk through your situation with you and will usually be able to let you know straight away if you have a valid claim. This service is free and we won’t put any pressure on you; we know that you may want to take some time to figure out what you want to do. If you do want to claim, just let us know. We’ll put you in touch with an expert industrial injury solicitor.

    Having access to this level of expertise makes it much more likely that your claim will be successful. We use a no win no fee* model, which means that we don’t get paid unless you win, so you can be confident that we’ll work hard for you. If you do win, the other side will usually pay our fee, so it won’t be taken out of your compensation.

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    What a successful claim means

    Some people worry that a successful work blindness claim could mean the organisation they worked for will be in financial trouble. In fact, payouts usually come out of employers’ liability insurance. If you worked for a big organisation, your manager may be grateful that your claim provides the leverage to get changes made. In any event, it will help to ensure that workers enjoy safer conditions in the future.

    For you personally, a successful claim can do much more than just providing some money to ‘make up’ for the loss of your sight. It could also finance training and support to help you learn how to do a lot more as a blind person. It could even help you to get back to work, if that’s what you want. Even with a major disability, the right support can do a lot to help you live life the way you want to.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on making your claim.

    Date Published: October 11, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.