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No matter the specific reason for your eye injury occurring at work, as long as the injury was the result of negligence on the part of your employer or another employee you may be able to claim compensation. However, it is important to understand what sorts of eye injuries you could experience and how to protect yourself in the workplace. 

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

Experiencing an Eye Injury at Work

The nature of your eye injury largely depends upon what type of job you have. For example, dusty work environments or work involving moulding materials – such as carpentry – are common workplaces where eye injuries occur. If you work with hazardous or harmful chemicals or with power tools you are also at an increased risk of experiencing an eye injury. 

Your employer should provide you with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to try and ensure your safety, such as safety goggles or high visibility clothing. They should also ensure that you have the correct training to know how to use any tools or complete any activities relating to your job which would be potentially dangerous. If they fail to do any of this and you have an injury to your eye, then they would be responsible for your accident. 

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Common Eye Injury at Work Claims

Below are some common causes of eye injuries in the workplace. You are more likely to experience certain scenarios compared to others depending upon your place of work:

  • Grit or foreign particles in the eye
  • Burns from heat or chemicals
  • Head injuries
  • Electric shocks
  • Scratches, cuts, eye irritations
  • Accidental interaction with a laser
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Injuries and problems that can occur due to accidents involving the eye include: 

  • Total blindness
  • Partial loss of sight
  • Pain in one or both eyes
  • Detached retina
  • A scratched cornea
  • Orbital fractures
  • Blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Psychological trauma 

While the injury can cause you physical and mental suffering, you may also need time off work due to your injuries. Both the initial pain of your injuries as well as any other costs that have been incurred due to your injuries, such as travel costs or financial losses, can be recuperated through compensation. Therefore it is important to keep details of any extra costs which might be relevant to calculating the amount of compensation you could be owed. With a few exceptions, there are time limits which apply to personal injury cases, which is usually three years. Therefore it is advisable to get in touch with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible. 

Making Personal Injury Claims

If you have suffered an eye injury at work then you could be eligible to claim compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. 

First Personal Injury work with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

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