Losing your sight can be an upsetting experience. That is especially true when you have had an accident that has caused sight loss that was not your fault. The effects of sight loss, whether partial, temporary, or permanent, can also be traumatising, and many changes may have to be made to your lifestyle to accommodate this. According to the NHS, there are almost 2 million people in the UK that are living with sight loss, with around 360,000 of those registered as blind or partially sighted.
Causes of Sight Loss
If you had an accident that was not your fault, that caused you to lose your sight, no matter the degree, then you may be entitled to compensation. This is especially true if the accident was the fault of someone else, or a company. There are many accidents that can cause sight loss. Some of the causes include:
- Accidents at work
- Car accidents
- Exposure to bright lights
- Blows to the head
Accidents at work
There are cases of accidents that can cause loss of sight at work. One of the causes is due to chemical spills, another is due to hazards that can enter the eyes, such as small pieces of material. At work, it is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe from accidents which can cause sight loss. Your employer should provide you with the correct PPE such as goggles for any jobs which involve exposure to chemicals.
Exposure to bright lights
Another example of an accident at work that can cause sight loss is exposure to bright lights. Again, it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you have the correct protective equipment to stop exposure from lights such as from welding torches or lasers causing you damage which can lead to loss of sight.
Car accidents can also cause sight loss. Cases where you have suffered trauma to the head or eyes upon impact can cause you to lose your sight, or when an airbag has inflated, causing debris to hit you in the eye. If the car accident was the fault of another driver, you may receive some money for your sight loss as part of the compensation you could receive for a road traffic accident claim.
If you have been involved in an act of violence or been a victim of an assault, you may be able to claim for your injuries under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government agency that provides compensation to victims of violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Effects of Sight Loss
Losing your sight can change your life. And if the injuries were caused by an accident that was not your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation. Losing your sight, even if it is only temporary can cause drastic life changes. These changes can include changes to your daily life, changes to your employment, changes to your routine. You may have to get assistive equipment to do daily tasks, or even learn Braille. This can be quite a drastic change and may affect you mentally as well as physically.
We understand that this may be a traumatic experience, and it may affect your independence. This is all taken into consideration when you make a claim. The changes to your home, if needed, may be covered in the compensation you receive.
A lot of people who experience more permanent effects from an accident may also need a carer. Many choose a relative or close friend, as that is who they feel most comfortable around. If you were to make a claim, then the financial implications for your carer may also be accounted for in the compensation you received.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with cases of sight loss caused by accidents daily, so they would be well placed to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today by filling in our contact form or by giving us a call on 0800 182 2193 to speak to one of our friendly experienced advisors.