Common Job-Related Eye Injuries
Job-related eye injuries are more prevalent than most people realize. In fact, half of all eye injuries occur in the workplace. This is because so many occupations have ever-present threats to vision - flying particles such as bits of metal and shards of glass, sharp tools and instruments, fall hazards that may lead to facial injuries, strong chemicals, and even UV radiation.
Proper eye protection - such as safety glasses, goggles and face shields - helps to prevent many accidents, but serious eye injuries still occur frequently on the job. Many result in hospital visits, with 10-20% of all work-related eye injuries causing temporary or permanent vision loss.
Particles or objects striking the eye
The majority of work-related eye injuries result from particles or objects striking the eye. Employees who work around tools and machinery that cast off bits of debris are at increased risk. Many cutting, chiseling and drilling operations generate flying particles of metal, wood, stone, or other fragments that can cause severe abrasions and lacerations of the eye.
Sharp tools and instruments
In addition, sharp tools, instruments and other common workplace items - such as staples, nails, wire, blades, or wood splinters - can penetrate the eyeball and result in vision loss. The blunt force trauma associated with falls and collisions can also cause serious injury to the eyeball and socket.
Additionally, industrial chemicals can cause significant eye injuries, many that lead to blindness. Workers that handle acids, solvents and other caustic solutions have increased risk for harm to the eyes. Similarly, exposure to intense UV radiation - such as the flash of a welding arc - can damage eye tissue. Radiation damage is a concern primarily for welders and the workers nearby.
Workers' Compensation Isn't Always an Easy Process
Regardless of the cause, damage to the eye may result in a temporary or permanent loss of vision. Needless to say, a loss of vision will affect one's ability to drive, work, and perform the same daily tasks as before the eye injury. If you injure one or both eyes at work, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits to cover the cost of medical care and, depending on the severity, workers compensation weekly benefits.
Contrary to what you may believe, being awarded workers compensation benefits isn't always an easy process. Plus, you don't always know the complications or limitations your eye injury may cause you down the road. To ensure you get the proper care and benefits, it is wise to consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney. We urge you to call 404.815.1776 and let the Vic Alexander law firm provide the expert assistance you need for your work-related eye injury.