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Loss of Sight Compensation Claim

Introduction to Loss of Sight Compensation Claims
  About Blindness caused by Accidents
Types of Accidents which can result in Blindness
  Accidents which can cause loss of sight
Workers at risk from Loss of Sight
  Accidents at work resulting in blindness
Clinical Negligence resulting in Loss of Sight
  Blind as a result of Medical Negligence
News Stories we have published about Loss of Sight Compensation Claims
  Claims we have dealt with for people left blind after accidents
Loss of Sight Compensation Claim Advice
  How to obtain advice about a Loss of Sight Compensation Claim

Introduction to Loss of Sight Compensation Claims

About Blindness caused by Accidents

Loss of sight or blindness is a devastating, life-changing injury.  The loss of sight may be partial or may be total loss of sight (blindness).  The loss of sight could also be temporary or permanent.

If you are involved in an accident which was not your fault which results in you becoming blind in one or both eyes you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  You may also be able to claim compensation if negligent medical treatment results in your loss of sight.

To find out more about how Thompsons Solicitors' Serious Injury Team can help you make a personal injury claim for damages, call us on 08000 224 224.

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Types of Accidents which can result in Blindness

Accidents which can cause loss of sight

There are many different types of accident in which a person can be injured which results in partial loss of sight or complete blindness.  Some of the most common can be found below:

Assaults or Attacks
Bright Lights
Chemicals
Electric Shock
Grit or other particles
Head Trauma
Sharp Objects

Assaults or Attacks

Violent crime can result in loss of sight or blindness if there is any sort of trauma caused to the head or face. Injuries to eyes can be caused during assaults or attacks when a victim is being struck by another person or object or as they fall.

Bright Lights

Bright lights can cause damage to the eyes and either temporary or permanent blindness.  Particularly at risk are workers such as welders who should be provided with safety wear to protect them.  Other dangerous bright lights could come from an explosion, lasers, searchlights or defective electrical objects.

Chemicals

If chemicals come into contact with your eyes they can cause burns resulting in loss of sight or blindness.  This can be due to splashes and spillages.  If you work with chemicals at work you should have been provided with training and safety equipment to use by your employer.

Electric Shock

It is not unusual for electric shocks to result in blindness either as a result of the shock itself or as a result of the eye being exposed to a sudden bright flash of light.  You could be the victim of an electric shock at work, at home or in a public place such as a hotel whilst on holiday.

Grit or other Particles

Our eyes are designed in such a way that they are protected to some degree from grit and particles getting into them.  Our eyelashes and the fact that our eyeballs are set inside protective sockets goes some way to protecting the eyeball but it is still possible for particles of grit or other substances to get in there and damage the eyeball causing loss of sight or blindness.  This can happen at work for example whilst using machinery, particularly if appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as goggles has not been provided.

Head Trauma

An impact to the head or face or any type of head trauma can lead to loss of sight or blindness either directly or through brain injury.

Obviously an impact to the face or head can be caused by any type of accident including a car accident, an accident at work or a slip, trip or fall.

Sharp Objects

Sharp objects can cause terrible injuries to eyes resulting in loss of sight or blindness and can be found just about anywhere.  You could come into contact with dangerous sharp objects at work, at home or in a public place such as a supermarket or school.

If you or someone you know has been left partially sighted or blind as a result of an accident which was someone else's fault you may be able to make an accident compensation claim.  To find out how Thompsons Solicitors may be able to help you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Workers at risk from Loss of Sight

Accidents at work resulting in blindness

Foreign objects can penetrate a worker's eye causing serious injuries in many different ways but common causes are grinding wheels that suddenly fracture causing particles to fly off in all directions with great force, when metal or other materials are being hammered and metal splinters from the hammer or materials being hammered result in slivers being ejected at high speed. Explosions or forceful escape of steam, chemicals and dusts under pressure have all caused serious eye injury.

The employers must try and eradicate the accident risk at source before resorting to reliance on personal protective equipment. The latter should be a last resort.  In several workplace accidents however, the wrong type of eye protection has been provided by the employers such as open sided safety spectacles when in fact goggles should have provided. The Law requires all employers to carry out a careful review of personal safety equipment by way of risk assessment to ensure that combinations of eye protection and other personal safety protective equipment are all compatible with each other and do not undermine the intended protection to be afforded by the individual items.

Where someone already suffers from partial or complete blindness in one eye, there is an obvious heightened need to be absolutely sure that any accident risk is eradicated and further elaborate safety measures need to be explored so as to prevent further damage to one’s residual vision.

If you or someone you know has suffered an eye injury at work you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  To find out if Thompsons Solicitors can help you, call us on 08000 224 224.

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Clinical Negligence resulting in Loss of Sight

Blind as a result of Medical Negligence

At Thompsons Solicitors we have dealt with personal injury claims in the past where a person has been left bind or partially sighted as the result of mistakes made by medical professionals.  This is known as clinical negligence.

Laser eye surgery is often entered into lightly but if something goes wrong during the procedure the results could be devastating leaving some people with worse sight than they had before the procedure.  In extreme cases a person could be blinded.

We can also help people who have been provided with incorrect prescriptions such as contact lenses, glasses or eye ointment for example which have resulted in permanent loss of sight.

Another cause of loss of sight or blindness through medical negligence is misdiagnosis. If a person presents themselves to a medical professional showing obvious symptoms of a condition which needs to be treated and either no treatment is provided or the incorrect treatment is provided which results in loss of sight or blindness, they may have a valid claim for compensation.

If you or someone you know has been left blind or partially sighted as a result of clinical negligence you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  For more information call us on 08000 224 224.

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News Stories we have published about Loss of Sight Compensation Claims

Claims we have dealt with for people left blind after accidents

In the past we have published news stories on our website about clients we have helped with their loss of sight compensation claims.  To read a selection of these follow the links below or to read all of our news stories, visit our News Desk.

Healthcare worker partially blinded after Trust’s health and safety failures

Coca Cola factory worker compensated after caustic acid burns to eyes

Council worker compensated after serious injury

UNISON wins £210,000 compensation for head injury sufferer

Driver left with permanent eye damage receives compensation

Factory worker receives £100,000 for permanent eye damage

Goggles fail to prevent serious eye injury

Cataract operation left man blinded in right eye

Council worker suffers electric shock by faulty equipment

GMB member’s sight affected by unsuitable safety goggles

Plasterer from Cardiff who lost sight in one eye wins £32,000 damages from Cardiff County Council

Care worker sprayed with ‘Mr Muscle’ wins compensation

If you or someone you know has been left blind or partially sighted as the result of someone else's negligence you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. To find out if Thompsons Solicitors can help you make a claim complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Loss of Sight Compensation Claim Advice

How to obtain advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor about a Loss of Sight Compensation Claim

If you or anyone you know has suffered blindness, loss of sight or any other serious injury, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.  Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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