Loss of sight or hearing

What kind of accidents at work can result in blindness?

When a person is injured at work and the result is a partial loss of sight or complete blindness there are many different ways this could have been caused:

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  • Assaults or attacks
  • Bright lights
  • Chemicals
  • Electric shock
  • Grit or other substances
  • Head Trauma
  • Sharp objects.

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It is an employer's duty to try and eradicate the risk of an accident at the source before resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE).

PPE should only be supplied by the employer as a last resort.

There have been numerous cases where employers have supplied the wrong type of eye protection and an accident has occurred.

The law requires employers to carry out risk assessments to ensure that combinations of eye protection and other PPE are effective for the job in which they have been supplied for.

When a person already suffers from partial or total blindness in one eye, the employer needs to be absolutely sure that all risks have been eradicated.

Further elaborate safety measures may also need to be considered to prevent further eye damage.

Clinical Negligence resulting in loss of eye sight

We have helped people who have been prescribed an incorrect prescription, such as;

  • Contact lenses
  • Glasses
  • Eye ointment

A loss of sight could also occur from a medical negligence misdiagnosis or, in an infant, from undiagnosed problems during pregnancy.

If you have been to a medical professional showing obvious symptoms of a condition and incorrect or no treatment was provided and this resulted in your loss of sight  you could have a valid claim for compensation.

Who is responsible for your Occupational Deafness

Occupational deafness affects thousands of people in the United Kingdom.

There are many different areas of work in which a person can be put at risk of occupational deafness;

  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Shipbuilding
  • Telecommunications.

The Noise at Work Act

The Noise at Work Act was introduced in 1989 as a stringent set of health and safety rules that must be adhered to. 

However, even prior to this there was legislation in place to protect employees and generally speaking you can claim for deafness resulting from exposure to noise that occurred after 1963.

Advances in technology as well as the Noise at Work Act have reduced incidences of industrial deafness.

If you have been employed in a noisy environment and your hearing has deteriorated you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Please get in touch if you have suffered as a result of occupational/industrial deafness or blindness while at work.

To find out more about how we can advise you on a loss of sight or hearing compensation claim, please call us on 0333 444 4422 to talk to one of our solicitors.