Loss of vision and permanent damage to the eye can occur from such things as chemical exposure, debris, or even traumatic brain injury. No matter how the eye injury occurs, you will need to find an experienced law office to handle your comp case and provide you with the best outcome.
Almost all types of eye injuries that occur in the workplace could qualify as a workers’ compensation case, but there are some causes that happen more often than others.
The most common types of eye injuries in the workplace are:
While some of the above injuries can be easily treatable with medication and rest, many may result in more severe problems and require possible surgery, which can lead to significantly higher medical bills.
The cause of the eye injury you suffer will largely have to do with the type of environment you work in. Even though a higher number of injuries resulting in vision loss or eye damage occur in manufacturing and construction sites, they can occur in almost any environment, even with proper safety protocols. Some of the most common causes of eye injuries in workers’ compensation claims include:
Work-related eye injuries are not always avoidable, but there are some steps that can be taken to avoid injuries. The first is to ensure that the work environment is clean, well-maintained, and follows proper safety protocols. Proper cleaning will help to remove excess debris that can travel through the air and damage worker’s eyes and safety switches and shutoffs, which can help reduce the number of injuries during machine operation. All workers should also work to protect themselves by wearing eye protection at all times and being aware of objects and equipment around them.
Workers should also be provided with and instructed on how to operate an eyewash station and how long the station should be used to appropriately rid themselves of chemicals or substances they may encounter. Up-to-date MSDS sheets on the products used in the workplace should include these instructions and be posted in a conspicuous place.
Injured workers will need money from their workers’ comp benefits to cover their weekly wage and cost of medical treatment that the insurance company should pay. An experienced attorney will help you gather the appropriate information and determine the best way to present your case, ensuring that your rights are protected. They will help you navigate the legal process and court system so that you can achieve the best possible results for your case. Don’t wait for your workers’ compensation case to be denied before you seek out legal advice, contact, or call Terry Katz & Associates today at 888-488-7459 to schedule your free consultation.