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If you have suffered an eye injury or had your vision impaired as a result of a workplace injury or due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to make an eye injury compensation claim.
In 2014-15, almost 52,000 eye injuries required hospitalisation in Australia. Of these injuries, the most common was an open wound of the eyelid and surrounding region, with fractures and black eyes also common reasons for hospitalisation. Of these injuries, over one third of all eye injuries were caused by falls.
Other leading causes of eye injuries were assaults, being hit with an object/hitting an object, or being in a traffic accident. Workplace eye injuries are also common - particularly in the manufacturing industry - with eye (and hand) injuries making up one in five non-fatal claims for work cover.
The consequences of an eye injury can lead to significant personal and financial consequences, so if your eye injury has been caused by someone else’s negligence (for example, in a road accident or while in a public place), or has been suffered at work, you may be eligible for compensation.
Find out what your legal options are when it comes to claiming compensation for your eye injury, and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation appropriate for your eye injury claim.
While any type of eye injury is distressing and uncomfortable, certain types of eye injuries are more common than others. Some of the most common eye injuries include:
Many of these types of injuries are relatively minor eye injuries, and will likely resolve with minimal medical treatment, while other types of eye injuries can result in the total loss of sight and ongoing pain and suffering. When you have been injured in the eye region it is naturally quite scary as you wonder what will happen long term.
Some of the consequences of an eye injury include:
While it is possible to suffer an eye injury in a range of ways and in many different situations, workplace injuries are sadly all too common when it comes to eyes.
Workplace eye injuries can be caused in a range of ways, whether it is through the failure of personal protective equipment, or by a worker not wearing the appropriate eye protection equipment.
In cases where people have been injured while wearing the appropriate eye protection equipment, the injury may have been caused as a result of improper or inadequate training.
While anyone can be struck down with an eye injury, some professions are more prone to eye-related injuries than others. A report from Safe Work Australia found that the most common industry for eye injuries was manufacturing, followed by construction, and mining.
Unsurprisingly, these industries are ones where workers are using tools and are in proximity to machines and machinery which can cause potentially serious harm to workers.
Some of the professions where eye injuries are common include:
If you have suffered the loss of an eye or the loss of your vision in one or both eyes while you are at work or undertaking employment then you will be covered by WorkCover (or your employer’s workers compensation insurance) no matter who was at fault. This means that even if you were not using eye protection you will still be covered for your injuries and the medical expenses and loss of income suffered as a result of your injury.
Note that if you have suffered the loss of an eye or the loss of your vision at work and the accident was as a result of your employer’s negligence (for example, if your employer did not provide safety glasses/goggles or if your employer did not provide appropriate training) then you may also be able to make a claim for a lump sum in compensation for your injuries.
Workplace injuries to the eye can happen as a result of a range of different causes. If your employer has failed to provide a safe place of work and safe environment in terms of adequate supervision or training then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Common causes of workplace negligence resulting in an injury to eyes include:
Vision is a huge part of our interaction with the world. If you are a sighted person who has found themselves having to adjust to navigating your life with reduced vision in one or both eyes, or a loss of vision in one eye, then you will know how difficult things can be - at least as you adapt to a new way of living. If your loss of vision was caused in a workplace accident, or as a result of someone else’s negligence, then speak to our compensation lawyers about how you can make a claim for the loss you have suffered, both to your quality of life and for your associated and reasonable medical expenses.
The impacts of losing sight in one eye will vary from person to person, and will also depend on the kind of life that you lead, the job you have, and what you do as leisure or personal activities.
Losing vision in one eye can impact on your life in a number of ways, including:
Provided that you meet the conditions for medical fitness to drive, then there is no impediment to you driving while blind in one eye. You will have to undertake certain requirements and will have to notify your relevant Transport Authority of any changes.
One of the ways in which eyes can become damaged is through elective surgery such as laser eye surgery. While this sort of side effect is very rare, complications in eye surgery can happen. It is worth noting that this is an incredibly rare side effect and blindness is unlikely to happen during or after your surgery.
If, however, you have been impacted by laser eye surgery and have suffered an infection or the loss of your vision, please speak to our personal injury lawyers about how we can help you take the appropriate course of action.
You may be able to make a medical negligence claim for any loss of vision or short or long term pain and suffering.
When you are injured in your eye the amount of compensation payable will depend on the type of injury suffered and what kind of consequences there are.
You will be compensated for your loss in ability to work and lost income, both future and current, and will also be compensated for any loss in short or long term quality of life as a result of your accident. This may be compensation for pain and suffering, or it might be compensation for support and care which is now provided by a partner or family member.
Our compensation lawyers can speak to you about how to make eye injury compensation claims, whether you have suffered a minor eye injury or are claiming compensation for a serious injury.
When you are injured in Queensland you have a certain period of time in which to commence your claim for compensation. The general time limit for a personal injury claim is three (3) years, which means that any claim for compensation must be started within three (3) years from the date of you first sustaining an eye injury. If making a workers compensation claim, you must commence your claim within six (6) months of your accident or injury.
You can read more about certain time limits on our page specific to personal injury claims here. Or, if you would like to know about how to claim, speak to our no win no fee personal injury compensation lawyers today and find out where you stand.