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Claims for Loss of Sight and Blindness

Can I make a claim for Loss of Sight?

If you have suffered partial or total blindness or permanent or temporary loss of a sight as result of someone else’s negligence, for example in a road traffic accident, or as a result of an injury at work or in a public place, then it is likely that you will have a claim for compensation.

Eye injuries can occur whilst at work, especially in work involving manufacturing or the use of chemicals. Employers have a duty to ensure employees are as safe as possible at work Examples of protective methods employers can use include the use of goggles, screens and face shields and most importantly, training on how to use equipment safely for all staff who are required to use it.

Loss of sight can also result from a traumatic brain injury. Cuts and scratches and bright lights, including lasers and the exposure to sunlight can also cause a loss of sight.

Sight being one of our most important senses, means that eye injuries are potentially life-changing and any compensation that you receive will reflect this.

Compensation will also cover the pain and suffering that you have suffered and other financial losses, such as loss of earnings, both following the accident and in the future,, any potential loss of pension caused by your inability to work, travel expenses and any additional care that you have had, and may need in the future. You may require alterations to your home, or a completely different place to live, which is more suitable for your needs. This is not an exhaustive list, and if you can prove another loss linked to the injury then you should be able to recover it, within reason.

Is there a time limit to making a claim for loss of sight?

If you are over the age of 18, then there is a 3-year time limit from the date of the accident to bring the claim. If you are under the age of 18 then there is a 3-year time limit running from the date of your 18th Birthday.

There are limited exceptions to this time limit, so if you think that you have a claim, feel free to contact a member of our team on 0114 218 4000 or email

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