Can I Claim For An Eye Injury In A Construction Accident?

In this guide, we will explain when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for an eye injury in a construction accident. We will set out the duty of care your employer owes you while working, and how an eye injury could occur if they were the breach this duty.

Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of gathering evidence to support your accident at work claim, as well as providing some examples. This guide will also explain how eye injury compensation is calculated, as well as provide more information on the different heads of loss that could form your compensation settlement.

Lastly, this guide will share some of the advantages of making an eye injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis, and how one of the personal injury solicitors on our panel could help you claim compensation.

If you would like to discuss your eye injury compensation claim, you can contact a member of our advisory team. They can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can help with answering your questions and providing free advice. To reach them today, you can:

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Can I Claim For An Eye Injury In A Construction Accident?

While working on a construction site, your employer owes you a duty of care. This duty is outlined within the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and states that your employer needs to take reasonable steps to help ensure your safety while you are performing your work duties.

These steps could include providing proper personal protective equipment (PPE), performing regular risk assessments and providing all staff with appropriate training.

Additionally, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 provides additional guidance to employers in managing the health and safety of their employees who work in construction.

You may be able to make a personal injury claim for an eye injury in a construction accident if you can prove the following:

  • Your employed owed you a duty of care.
  • Your employer breached their duty of care.
  • Due to this breach, you suffered an eye injury.

If you’ve had a workplace accident in construction that led to you suffering an eye injury and are unsure whether you could be eligible to claim compensation, contact one of our advisors. They can check the validity of your case.

How Could An Eye Injury At Work Happen?

There are various ways that you may suffer an eye injury in the workplace. However, as previously stated, to be able to make a personal injury claim for an eye injury in a construction accident, you will need to prove that your employer was liable for your injury due to them breaching their duty of care.

Some examples of how an employer could be liable for an eye injury suffered in a construction accident include:

  • Your employer failed to provide you with sufficient PPE, such as safety goggles. As a result, debris strikes you in the eyes while you are sawing some wood and causes partial blindness.
  • A cable on a poorly maintained crane snapped, causing its load to strike you in the face. You suffer an eye socket fracture and brain injury.
  • Your employer provides you with a damaged face shield. While sawing some metal, some of the hot sparks strike you in the face and eyes. This causes you to suffer facial burns and to become blind in one eye.

These are just a few examples of the types of scenarios that could result in eye injury claims.

If you would like free advice on how to make an eye injury at work claim, please get in touch with one of our advisors. They could also check the validity of your specific case.

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Providing Proof For Construction Eye Injury Claims

When making a claim for an eye injury in a construction accident, you will need to supply evidence that supports your case. This is an important step for the personal injury claims process. It will need to demonstrate how your employer was liable, how the accident occurred and the severity of the eye injury you suffered.

Some examples of evidence that might be used to strengthen your eye injury compensation claim include:

  • A copy of the report of your accident, taken from the accident book.
  • Medical evidence detailing your injury and the treatment you’ve needed, such as your medical records or the results of an independent medical assessment.
  • Video footage of the accident, such as from CCTV.
  • The contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident, as they may be able to provide a statement.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and your visible injuries.

If a solicitor from our panel offers to represent you, part of their services will include helping you gather the evidence you need to support your case. To see if you could be able to work with one of them today or for further information on how to prove an injury at work, contact a member of our advisory team.

How Much Compensation Could I Claim For An Eye Injury In A Construction Accident?

If you are making a claim for an eye injury in a construction accident, you may be wondering, ‘How much compensation for an eye injury could I receive?’. When personal injury claims are being valued, the unique factors of each case are taken into consideration.

However, if you successfully claim compensation will receive the head of loss known as general damages as part of your compensation settlement. This provides compensation to you for the pain and suffering you have endured due to your eye injury.

When valuing this head of your claim, those responsible may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside medical evidence. This is because the JCG provides a list of injuries at varying severities alongside guideline compensation brackets for each.

We have used some of the guidelines stated within the 16th edition of the JCG for the table below. Please note that these are not guarantees and only should be used as a reference. Additionally, the first entry has not been taken from the JCG.

Compensation Table

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Injury Level Settlement Guidelines Extra Details
Multiple Severe Injuries + Special Damages Severe £1,000,000 + Covers pain and suffering linked to multiple severe injuries (including an eye injury) with special damages awarded for care costs, loss of income and home adaptations for example.
Injuries Affecting Sight Total Blindness and Deafness Around £403,990 This bracket must be assessed as ranking with the most devastating injuries.
Total Blindness Around £268,720 The complete loss of sight in both eyes.
Loss Of Sight In One Eye / Reduced Vision In The Other (i) £95,990 to £179,770 Covers cases where there is serious risk of further deterioration, going beyond sympathetic ophthalmia, in the remaining eye
Loss Of Sight In One Eye / Reduced Vision In The Other (ii) £63,950 to £105,990 Where additional problems affect the remaining eye such as double vision or reduce vision.
Total Loss Of One Eye £54,830 to £65,710 The amount awarded considers factors like age, cosmetic affect and psychological consequences.
Complete Loss Of Sight In One Eye £49,270 to £54,830 Takes into account some risk of sympathetic ophthalmia.
(f) £23,680 to £39,340 Where there the risk of loss or reduced vision in the other eye is not significant.
(g) £9,100 to £20,980 Permanent minor impairment of vision in one eye. There may also be some double vision that isn’t constant and a sensitivity to bright light.
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How Much Compensation For An Eye Injury At Work?

Claiming Special Damages Due To Negligence In Construction

The other head of loss you may be awarded if you make a successful claim is known as special damages. This part of your settlement compensates you for the financial losses your eye injury has caused you to experience. Some of these costs and losses may include:

  • Care costs if you require at-home care.
  • Medical costs, such as paying for prescriptions or specialist eye treatment.
  • Loss of earnings (including future loss of earnings if you have required time off work.
  • Travel expenses, such as taxi fares to medical appointments.

When claiming for special damages, you will need to present evidence of these losses with documents such as invoices, receipts, and payslips.

To see whether you could make a claim for an eye injury in a construction accident, contact one of our advisors. They can also provide you with a free claim valuation.

Make An Eye Injury Compensation Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for an eye injury in a construction accident, you may wish to instruct a solicitor to help support your case. If you contact our friendly team of advisors, they may connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor on our panel if they believe you have a strong claim. They may then offer their services to you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

With a CFA in place, there will be no advanced service fees to pay to your solicitor for them to begin working on your claim. Additionally, you will not need to pay them for their work while your claim is ongoing or if your claim fails.

However, if they are successful in claiming eye injury compensation for you, a small percentage of this will be deducted as their success fee. There is a legal limit in place for the percentage that this fee can be.

To check the validity of your case or to learn more about making a claim with an accident at work solicitor, you can contact our advisors. They can be reached by:

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