Partial or full loss of sight is likely to have a profound and immediate effect on an individual. If you have been injured because of an accident that wasn’t your fault and this has led to sight loss, then you may be able to get compensation through the courts.
Sight loss can be permanent or temporary, partial or lead to full blindness. Whatever the extent, this type of injury can mean you are unable to work and have to make major adjustments to your daily living. Compensation through a personal injury claim can help make up for earnings lost and provide assistance for changes to your home and the way you live.
Types of Accidents that Cause Sight Loss
An eye injury can occur in a wide variety of ways and each case is different when it comes to the effect that it has on the individual. One of the most common reasons for sight loss is following a trauma such as a head area following an assault or road traffic accident. This can range from damage to the brain to injury to the eye structure itself.
You might be surprised to learn that exposure to very bright lights can also impact vision. Welders who are not wearing the right protective gear, for example, can be exposed to intense light that causes either temporary or permanent disability and it’s more common than you might think.
You could simply be working on a building site and get grit or dust in your eyes that causes damage. We’ve seen people lose their sight because of an electric shock due to faulty wiring and others who have lost vision because of exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace.
Sight Loss and the Workplace
One of the most common places where eyesight loss injuries occur is in the workplace, either because of accidents or poor and unsafe work practices. Your employer has a legal duty to ensure that, for example, you are given the right safety equipment and have adequate training to perform a particular job. If the employer puts you at risk and you suffer an injury that leads to sight loss, then they are liable under the law.
Making a Personal Injury Claim for Sight Loss
Even if your sight loss is temporary, it could mean that you are unable to work and earn money for a set amount of time. Full and permanent sight loss can be devastating, and individuals will generally require a lot of support to help them lead their lives as fully as possible.
It’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss any potential claim. They normally offer an initial consultation for free to assess whether there is a basis for a claim or not.
If there is a case to answer, you can be offered a no-win-no-fee service – this means you don’t have to pay upfront fees while the case is being settled. You only pay when the claim has been successfully settled and compensation has been awarded.
If you have suffered sight loss following an injury that wasn’t your fault, contact our team of personal injury solicitors today to find out how we can help.