When Could I Make An Eye Injury At Work Compensation Claim?

By Cat Reeves. Last Updated 7th March 2024. Are you interested in making an eye injury at work claim and are wondering what your rights are? Who might be liable to compensate you if you suffered corneal abrasion or other vision problems because of missing health and safety at work? Any type of eye injury can be very distressing and it can cause an array of problems, financial issues included.

The sections below explain eye injury at work claims in detail. The team at UK Law could connect you with a member of our panel of personal injury solicitors to assess your situation and who can help you right now. You are welcome to get in touch by:

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  1. Could I Make An Eye Injury At Work Claim?
  2. What Steps Should Your Employer Take To Prevent Accidents?
  3. How Can I Prove A Claim For Eye Injury At Work Compensation?
  4. How Much Compensation Could You Receive For An Eye Injury At Work Claim?
  5. Make An Eye Injury At Work Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis

Could I Make An Eye Injury At Work Claim?

If you’ve suffered an eye injury at work, you might be wondering when you could make a personal injury claim. When you’re at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. This is outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), and means that they have to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe while you are working.

If your employer fails to uphold this duty of care, and you suffer an injury as a result, this is known as negligence. If you can prove that negligence occurred, then you could potentially receive eye injury compensation.

Our team of advisors can help you find out if you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. If your claim is valid, they may be able to connect you with a solicitor from our panel, who are experts in eye injury claims and accident at work law. Contact us today to get more information.

Time Limits When Claiming For An Eye Injury

As with all personal injury claims, you must start your compensation claim for an eye injury at work within the appropriate time limit. For personal injury claims, this is typically three years from the date of the incident. This time limit is set out within the Limitation Act 1980.

However, in certain cases, such as those under 18 or those lacking the mental capacity to manage a claim, there is a suspension.

To find out what these suspensions are, or if you are within the time limit to file an eye injury at work claim, contact a member of our advisory team.

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What Steps Should Your Employer Take To Prevent Accidents?

Under the core piece of legislation for the United Kingdom called the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974, all employers have a duty of care to protect the safety and wellbeing of their employees as much as is reasonably practicable.

This means ensuring that hazards or risks are either removed or reduced in the workplace as much as possible. Employers should do this by:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers a wide range of detailed information to help employers comply with health and safety laws.

Failure to do so on their part in a way that leads to an injury such as eye damage could make them directly liable for an accident at work claim.

How Can I Prove A Claim For Eye Injury At Work Compensation?

One of the most important steps of the eye injury compensation claims process is collecting evidence. This is because evidence can help prove your claim and improve your chances of success. The right evidence can help prove how your eye injury occurred, who was at fault, and how it will affect your life going forward.

Some examples of evidence that you could use to help support your eye injury claim include:

  • Accident book logs: All workplaces with ten or more employees must have an accident at work book. Logging your accident here ensures that a permanent record has been created.
  • Witness statements: Taking the details of witnesses means a professional can take their statements later.
  • Photographs: Taking photographs of both your eye injuries and of the accident site can help prove how the accident occurred and how severe your injuries are.
  • CCTV footage: If your accident at work was caught on a CCTV system, you may be able to request the footage to be used as evidence. 

If you choose to work with a personal injury solicitor, they can help you collect this evidence and more. To learn whether if a solicitor from our panel could be right for you, get in touch with our team today.

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How Much Compensation Could You Receive For An Eye Injury At Work Claim?

Medical evidence forms the basis of your eye injury at work claim. An independent or impartial GP or specialist can examine your eye and deliver a report.

The findings of this report can be compared with guideline compensation brackets in publications such as the Judicial College Guidelines. In doing this, an approximate amount of general damages can be calculated. This is for the pain, loss of amenity and suffering caused to you, as shown:

Nature of eye injury Supporting notes JC Guideline compensation bracket
Multiple Serious Injuries + Special Damages Several severe injuries compounded with financial losses, including lost earnings, home adjustments, and mobility aids. Up to £500,000+
Total blindness (b) Permanent and complete sight loss In the region of
Sight loss in one eye, reduced in the other (c) (i) With a significant risk of sight loss in he remaining eye £90,100 to £168,730
Sight loss in one eye, reduced in the other (c) (ii) Reduced vision and double vision problems in remaining eye £60,010 to £99,440
Total loss of one eye (d) Age, cosmetic and psychological impact taken into account £51,460 to £61,690
Loss of sight in one eye (complete) (e) Incorporating a risk of ‘sympathetic ophthalmia’ £46,240 to £51,460
Impact on one eye more than the other (f) Incomplete but serious loss of vision in one eye but no risk of loss in the other, £22,230 to £36,960
Minor but permanent visual impairment (g) Double vision. light sensitivity £8,550 to £19,690
Minor injuries to the eye (h) Impact to the eye, liquid or smoke contact £3,710 to £8,200
Transient eye injuries (i) Injuries that rectify themselves in a few weeks Up to £3,710
Multiple facial bone fracture (b) Injuries that could impact the eye socket £13,970 to £22,470

However, the top entry in this table has not been taken from the JCG.

As well as general damage amounts, all the documentation you have which shows out-of-pocket costs related to the eye injury can be included.

For example, you may have needed to pay for eye surgery or special glasses? Perhaps you directly suffered a loss of earnings because of what happened?

Did family or friends need to give up time to help you? All of these costs and others could be reclaimed if you have the correct proof.

Speak to our team about calculating special damages and other costs imposed on you after the accident so that a more comprehensive request of damages can be calculated.

Make An Eye Injury At Work Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis

If you are eligible for eye injury compensation, a solicitor from our panel may be able to help you through the claims process. There are many benefits to working with a solicitor, as they can help you collect evidence to strengthen your claim and can help explain complex legal jargon.

The solicitors on our panel work on a No Win No Fee basis. They do this by offering their clients a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), a contract that allows you to access their services without paying any fees for the work. Plus, if your claim fails, your solicitor won’t take a fee for their work on the case.

If your eye injury at work claim succeeds, then your solicitor will take a success fee. This is deducted as a small percentage from your compensation. However, this percentage is subject to a legal cap. The legal cap helps to make sure that you keep the larger share of your compensation.

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Contact our team of advisors today to learn more about how we can help with eye injury claims. They can evaluate your case for free and could potentially connect you with a solicitor from our expert panel. To get started:

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