Apr 4, 2018

Understanding Vision Loss & Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Vision loss and eye injuries affect more than 800,000 workers each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Partial or full blindness can drastically affect your life, preventing you from enjoying the things you once used to do. Furthermore, eye injuries could affect your ability to maintain gainful employment. Our firm provides compassionate legal assistance to workers who have suffered eye injuries and vision loss at work.

Employees in the following industries are at high risk for eye injuries and vision loss:

  • Welding
  • Electrical
  • Assembly line
  • Computer data processing
  • Carpenters
  • Mechanics

Eye strain, sudden accidents, and exposure to harsh chemicals or shards of metal and wood may cause eye injuries. These injuries are often very painful, and could lead to partial or complete blindness. If you have suffered an eye injury at work, it is important to notify your employer as soon as possible, and to seek medical attention. You may also need to see an ophthalmologist, and may have to undergo surgeries, medication, physical therapy, and other long-term treatment.

Eye injuries may be caused by:

  • Blunt force trauma
  • Chemical splashes or spills
  • Prolonged exposure to a computer screen
  • Flying shards of metal, glass, or splintered wood
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays
  • Improperly used tools, equipment, and machines

It is important to have the necessary safety training to handle dangerous equipment. Furthermore, you should wear protective eye glasses when working with wood, metal, glass, or chemicals. While some eye injuries may occur suddenly, other types of vision damage may develop over time. Looking at a computer screen for hours at a time could cause wear and tear on the structures of your eyes, resulting in vision loss.

Seek Compensation for Your Eye Injury with the Help of Our Attorneys

At Hansford McDaniel – Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, we provide experienced legal services to our clients. If you have suffered an eye injury or permanent vision loss at work, we will discuss your options for pursuing financial relief. Depending on the situation, you may be able to receive a settlement for lost wages, permanent or temporary disability, medical bills, and other injury-related expenses. We know you are going through a stressful time. That is why our Atlanta workers’ comp lawyers will communicate with you and handle the legal aspects of your case throughout the process.

Contact us today to discuss your situation with a member of our team. We offer free consultations for your convenience.