Most people will quickly agree that their
eyesight is important. Given the choice, the majority of people would rather be
deaf than blind. Do you feel the same way?
As a New York workers’ compensation law firm, we have dealt with
every kind of workplace injury under the sun, many of which involved eye
injuries. Each year, hundreds of thousands of workers sustain eye injuries
while on the job, and New York workers are no exception.
Some people may be surprised to learn that eye injuries affect all types
of workers. From electricians, to assembly line workers, welders, mechanics,
data entry personnel, and assembly line workers – these workers
are notorious for having work-related eye injuries though other workers
experience them as well.
Common causes of eye injuries in the workplace include:
- Glass particles in the air
- Wood particles in the air
- Toxic chemicals that splash into the eyes, sometimes causing blindness
- Projected metal flakes
- Other tiny projected particles
- Overexposure of UV rays from lasers, sunlight, and sun lamps
- Overexposure to bright computer screens
and New York
workers’ compensation lawyers, we can attest that your eyes and your vision are critically important.
If you have sustained an eye injury directly because of your occupation,
you have a right to file a workers’ comp claim.
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover medical bills, surgery, medications, out-of-pocket expenses,
and a portion of worker’s lost income.
If you happen to work in an industry where you’re exposed to hazardous
materials, your employer is required by law to provide you with protective
eyewear. So, safety violations are something to keep in mind.
If you sustained a work-related eye injury, you must follow specific rules
and procedures to receive benefits. You will need to inform your employer
within a certain period of time, and you may be required to see an approved
physician and ophthalmologist.
The prognosis for an eye injury depends on the facts of the case. You may
be able to return to work in a couple of days or weeks, or you if the
injuries are permanent, you may not be able to return to your previous
job, or you may not be able to return to any type of job in the future
– we sincerely hope that is not the case.
If you sustained a work-related eye injury,
contact Katz, Leidman, Freund & Hermanto discuss filing a workers’ compensation claim!