Eye Injuries Caused By An Accident At Work Without Safety Goggles
If you have an accident at work with no safety goggles because your employer didn’t provide them, even though they should have, you could suffer serious injury. In such circumstances, you could file for compensation.
This guide aims to help you understand what your employer’s responsibilities are in the workplace and how you could be affected if they don’t provide you with appropriate PPE. We’ll discuss the circumstances in which you could claim and how to go about it.
If you are thinking about making an accident at work claim, Accident Claims UK could be of assistance. We provide a no-obligation, initial consultation which is free of charge.
You could benefit from our advisers’ free legal advice on how best to proceed with your claim. If your claim is valid and you’d like to connect with a solicitor, our advisers could do this for you. Our solicitors would offer you their services on a No Win No Fee basis.
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- A Guide To Accident At Work With No Safety Goggles Claims
- What Is An Accident At Work Without Safety Goggles?
- Health And Safety Eyewear At Work
- Does My Employer Have To Provide Me With Safety Glasses?
- What Are The Consequences Of Not Wearing Workplace Safety Goggles?
- Injuries Caused By Not Wearing PPE And Safety Goggles
- Eye Injury In The Workplace Compensation Calculator
- Special Damages Your Workplace Injury Claim May Be Awarded
- No Win No Fee Accident At Work With No Safety Goggles
- Why Choose Us For Your Workplace Eye Injury Claim?
- Start A Workplace Eye Injury Claim
- Essential References
If you suffered an eye injury in the workplace because you were not wearing protective safety goggles, it may be because your employer didn’t provide them. If protective eyewear is necessary to your role, your employer should provide you with it. In this instance, they could be liable if they don’t provide you with it and you suffer injuries as a result.
Our guide offers information on an employer’s duty of care in the workplace. We cover the laws that protect your health and safety in the workplace that employers should abide by. We’ll then go on to explain why employers should provide adequate PPE if your role requires it. This includes providing you with safety goggles when necessary.
We explore how a solicitor could represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. And, we provide essential information on the benefits of the service.
We are often asked how much an accident at work claim is worth. This would depend on several factors unique to each individual case. However, in this guide, we look at these factors to enable you to understand how you could value your potential claim.
If you were injured in an accident at work because you had no safety goggles, and it wasn’t your fault, contact a member of our team. Our expert advisers provide free legal advice regarding the personal injury claims process to ensure you make an informed decision on how best to proceed.
An accident at work without safety goggles is one where you suffer an injury to the eyes or face due to a lack of protection. Many roles do not require you to wear safety goggles, but for others it is essential.
Employers have a legal duty to ensure you are kept safe from harm in the workplace. This includes making sure adequate personal protective equipment is available, providing it is necessary to your role. If you work in an environment where protective eyewear is crucial, your employer should ensure you are provided with the right safety goggles at no charge to you.
Your employer should also ensure you are appropriately trained in health and safety, which could include how to use PPE correctly. Additionally, safety goggles along with other PPE in a workplace should be kept in good condition and replaced if not suitable for their intended use.
Employers should also carry out risk assessments of a work environment. Following this, if any hazards are detected, they should be removed. If they can’t be removed, reasonable safety measures should be set in place to reduce the risk of an accident occurring.
If you were injured because you chose not to wear safety goggles, you may not be able to claim compensation. This would be because you’re also responsible for protecting your own health and safety in the workplace by not risking it. For example, if your employer asked you to wear safety goggles and provided you with them, but you refused to wear them and were injured, it could impact your claim.
However, if your employer failed to provide necessary, adequate eye protection and you suffered an injury, please get in touch with a member of our team. An adviser will provide free legal advice on whether a No Win No Fee solicitor could represent you.
There are laws that protect employees and others in the workplace. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a general responsibility to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their employees and others at work.
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 is also important legislation for employers and employees alike. The law requires employers to:
- Provide adequate PPE with the exception of when any risk is effectively controlled in other ways.
- Maintain it and store it properly.
- Ensure it’s fit for purpose and is assessed before use.
- Train employees or provide instructions on how to use it safely.
If you sustain an eye injury because you were not given safety goggles, you could have grounds to sue so long as the PPE was required for your role. This also applies if your employer failed to explain how the protective eyewear should be used or if they supplied you with inadequate eye protection.
If you would like more advice on the laws regarding safety goggles, please contact a member of our team on the number at the top of the page.
It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure safety goggles are provided and that they are correctly maintained. However, the one exception to this is when the risk of an employee being injured is effectively controlled by other means. So, if the risk cannot be adequately controlled, an employer should provide the necessary personal protective equipment.
On top of providing adequate PPE, your employer should also ensure you are correctly trained or have suitable instructions on how to use it. The cost of providing personal protective equipment also falls to employers if it’s essential for their workers’ safety. They should not ask employees to buy PPE themselves.
Would you like to discuss an injury you endured through an accident at work because you had no safety goggles? Then please get in touch today and benefit from their expertise and free legal advice.
If you are employed in a workshop environment, you could be exposed to flying fragments. Machine operator tools can be especially risky when it comes to airborne small chips and offcuts. Even a very small shard can do serious damage when it comes into contact with your eyes.
In certain roles, not wearing eye protection could lead to injuries that can have long-term sight implications. As such, if it is necessary for the task you’re carrying out, you should always wear goggles to reduce the risk of suffering an eye injury.
If you refuse to wear the correct goggles and you sustain an eye injury, you may not be able to seek compensation as you could be liable. However, if your employer fails to provide adequate PPE, or the right sort of goggles and you are injured, your claim could be valid. The same could apply if your employer failed to give you instructions on how to use the correct eye protection and you suffered as a result.
Wearing safety goggles and other necessary PPE in the workplace could be essential when you are exposed to certain hazards that can’t be removed or reduced. The hazards that may require you to wear goggles include:
- Chemical or metal splash
- Gas and vapour
If an employer fails to provide the correct PPE, you could suffer the following injuries in the workplace:
- Puncture wounds
- Corneal lacerations
- Corneal abrasions
- Severe pain
If your employer fails to provide you with the correct PPE to carry out a hazardous job, they could be deemed negligent.
Eye injuries caused by industrial chemicals and workshops
If you handle industrial chemicals in the workplace, you should have the appropriate protection for your eyes. Our eyes can be vulnerable and easy to damage. Accidents could include:
- Being splashed by acids and chemicals
- Coming into contact with hazardous vapours and gases
- Rubbing eyes after handling chemicals
You could suffer irreversible damage to your eyes. A chemical splash to the eye could mean you lose your eyesight altogether. Other eye injuries caused by dangerous chemicals include:
- Chemical burns, with alkali chemicals being especially harmful to eyes
- Optic nerve damage
Injuries that may happen over the long term include:
- Corneal melting
- Limbal stem cell deficiency
If you were injured in an accident at work because you had no safety goggles, but your employer should’ve provided them, you could sue for compensation. Your employer could be negligent in their duty of care towards you. To find out how best to proceed, speak to an Accident Claims UK adviser today.
Claimants often ask us to place a value on an injury sustained following an accident at work. However, without knowing the facts of your case, it can be hard to do this and a claim should be thoroughly assessed.
That said, we are able to offer some insight into how an injury may be valued. To do this, we have included a table in our guide. The table provides recommended figures for specific injuries in the Judicial College Guidelines. Solicitors and courts refer to the guidelines when valuing general damages (compensation for injuries) in personal injury claims.
|Type of injury||Severity of Injury||Amount Awarded in General Damages (based on Judicial College Guidelines)|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||Total loss of sight in both eyes and deafness.||In the region of £379,100|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||Total blindness.||In the region of £252,180|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||The loss of sight in one eye and serious risk of sight loss or deterioration in the other eye.||£90,100 to £168,730|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||Total loss of sight in one eye.||£46,240 to £51,460|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||Minor injuries to the eyes.||£3,710 to £8,200|
|Injuries Affecting Sight||Temporary injuries to the eyes.||Up to £3,710|
|Facial damage||Very severe scarring.||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Facial damage||Less severe scarring.||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Facial damage||Significant facial scarring.||£8,550 to £28,240|
|Facial damage||Trivial (minor) facial scarring.||Up to £3,310|
Special damages are awarded to ensure any financial burdens your injuries cause are compensated. In short, you could include the losses and expenses you incurred because of your injuries in your potential claim.
To claim special damages, you need to give proof of your losses. That could be in the form of receipts, payslips and other relevant documentation.
With evidence, you could claim the following in special damages.
- The cost of prescriptions, medications or treatment you’ve needed because of your injuries.
- The cost of having someone care for you during your recovery, should you need help with daily chores around the home. You could also claim compensation for the time that a family member or friend spent caring for you.
- The cost of getting to any appointments caused by your injuries, such as travel to a solicitor’s meeting, or treatment at a medical facility. You could claim these travel expenses no matter how you travelled, and you could include parking fees if you incur them.
- You could claim any loss of earnings you had to endure during the time you were off work recovering. If you cannot carry on working because your injuries prevent you from doing so, you could include loss of future income too.
Need more advice about special damages and what can be included in a claim? Then please do not hesitate in getting in touch with an adviser today.
If you decide to pursue an accident at work claim, you may worry about the cost of seeking legal representation. At Accident Claims UK, we strongly believe that everyone has the right to seek compensation through the services of a solicitor.
Our advisers can put you in touch with our solicitors. Providing they can establish you have a formidable case against a negligent party, you could be offered a No Win No Fee agreement—also called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). You can review and discuss the agreement before signing it.
A Conditional Fee Agreement is a legal contract between you and the solicitor who takes on your case. The agreement sets out the terms and conditions of the contract as well as the agreed percentage you only pay if you win your case. Other key points set out in the CFA include:
- No solicitor fees would be due if you lose your accident at work claim
- The success fee (solicitor’s fee) is capped by law
- There are no upfront solicitor fee payments
- You won’t have solicitor fees to pay while the case is ongoing
Having a solicitor handle your claim could make the whole process that much easier. If you suffered injuries through an accident at work because you had no safety goggles, and your employer should’ve provided them, our solicitors could help.
For more legal advice and to find out if you have a valid accident at work claim, please get in touch with an Accident Claims UK adviser today.
We work hard to ensure that those injured due to someone else’s negligence get free legal advice. We do this by offering free estimations of your claim and counsel through our advisers.
When you contact Accident Claims UK, you speak to an expert adviser. For your convenience, advisers are available any time of the day or night, all week. Their counsel comes with no obligation for you to proceed with the services of our personal injury solicitors.
If you do have a formidable claim and are connected to our solicitors, there would be no upfront fees to pay for them to begin work on your case. And, with years of experience in personal injury claims, our solicitors take great pride in the trust they have built with claimants.
To speak to an Accident Claims UK adviser today, please contact a member of the team on the number at the top of the page.
If you were injured in an accident at work because you had no safety goggles, but your employer should’ve provided them, speak to an adviser. You can:
- Reach an adviser directly by phone on 0800 073 8801.
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Our claims lines are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Your case will be reviewed in an initial consultation which is free of charge. You would be under no obligation to pursue your claim if you choose not to do so. For free legal advice, please do not hesitate in speaking to one of our expert advisers today.
This Government website offers information on PPE regulations: PPE regulations in the workplace
The NHS provides information on treating eye injuries: Eye injury treatments
NHS advice on looking after your eyesight: Looking after your eyes
Our guide to accident claims provides more advice on claiming compensation: Guide on how to file an accident at work claim
The guide below provides more information on scarring; How to make scarring claims
If you suffered facial scarring, we have another guide that could be useful: Facial Scarring compensation
Thank you for reading our guide on what you could do if you were injured in an accident at work because you had no safety goggles.
Guide by HW
Edited by RV