Eye injuries, visual impairment and sight loss limit your business and daily life; also, they may increase the chance of having an accident in the future. If you have suffered an eye injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation benefits regardless of where you are injured.
Every year thousands of people are people are seriously injured at work, in a car accident, and due to a slip and fall. Slip & fall and workplace accidents are the biggest reasons for eye injuries in Australia.
What can I claim?
- Medical expenses – necessary healthcare expenses such as surgery, medicine, and equipment
- Weekly payments – depending on your capacity for work and average income
- Lump sum payment – if your whole person impairment meets the 11% permanent impairment threshold. For non-exempt workers, the threshold is greater than 0%.
- Domestic assistance – if your whole person impairment meets the 15% whole person impairment threshold
- Common law – if your whole person impairment meets the 15% threshold and your employer was negligent.
If you slipped, tripped or fell due to negligence in a public or private place, you may be entitled to claim
- Medical expenses
- Loss of past and future earnings
- Domestic assistance
- Pain and suffering
Please access our Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Claim page if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident
How do I claim eye injury compensation?
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation under Workers Compensation, Public Liability, and Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation schemes. If you suffered an eye injury during the course of work, you can follow the steps below:
1st step – Contact your employer and report your injury as soon as possible
2nd step – Visit your GP for medical treatment and request your GP to complete the Certificate of Capacity form. This form requires your doctor’s opinion on the injury and its relation to your occupation.
3rd step – Complete a Work Injury Claim Form, and submit it with Certificate of Capacity to your employer.
4th step – Your employer will send these documents to their insurer, and the insurer will get in touch with you regarding the outcome of your claim.
Alternatively, you can contact our personal injury lawyers for your eye injury at any step to sure that you will maximise your compensation benefits!
What is the time limit?
You must complete the work injury claim form in 6-months from the date of injury, and a work injury damages claim under common law in 3 years from the date of injury. Some exceptions apply to the time limit depending on the circumstances and when you were able to make the claim.
When can I claim?
You can start the compensation claim process once you discover the injury. You can call Withstand Lawyers first to have a free initial claim assessment. Professional legal assistance may speed up the process and maximise the lump sum payout that you receive.
How much compensation do I get for eye injury?
The amount of compensation payout depends on your permanent impairment rate, capacity to work, age and other factors. Even though $100,000 to $300,000 work injury damages may be awarded for your eye injury, each claim is unique and the amount that you receive will be different. You can contact one of our personal injury lawyers or fill out the form below to calculate an estimated amount of lump sum that you may get.
Frequently asked questions
According to Safe Work Australia, the cases below cause the majority of eye injuries in the workplace:
- Foreign body in the eye
- Burn of eye
- Penetrating wound
- Contusion of eyeball
- Fracture of orbital floor
- Use an eye protector gear
- Be sure that machinery and protective gears are in good condition
- Get a PPR training
- Follow the workplace safety rules
- Mind other people around when using dangerous machinery
Why Withstand Lawyers?
The team at Withstand Lawyers has helped thousands of injured people in New South Wales. We will first listen to you and then thoroughly explain your entitlements. You will be fully informed about the progress of your eye injury claim while you concentrate on your recovery. Call us on 1800 952 898 or fill out the form to maximise your compensation payout.