Eye Injuries and Vision Loss May Affect Louisiana Workers
Every day across this nation, employees suffer workplace injuries. While some on-the-job injuries might be temporary and heal within several months, others may affect a person for a lifetime. For example, when an eye injury at work occurs, a worker may suffer partial or full vision loss. Sometimes eye injuries only cause a worker to miss days or months away from the job. However, many eye injuries can cause permanent vision loss—which could make it impossible for that injured worker to return to his or her job.
How Do Eye Injuries at Work Happen?
Eye injuries at work can occur from exposure to chemicals, cleaning agents, dirt particles, sawdust, debris, or wood chips. Additionally, many workers suffer eye injuries as a result of being struck by a flying object.
While eye injuries can occur to any worker in any industry, some workers who are most likely to suffer from vision loss include those in the construction, manufacturing, production, and service industries due to the nature of their jobs. However, eye injuries can affect any employee as a result of malfunctioning and defective equipment or due to a co-worker’s negligence.
Seriousness of Workplace Eye Injuries
Whether you have suffered a surface wound, corneal abrasion, eyelid laceration, blunt force trauma to the eye, orbital fracture, or a chemical burn to the eye, eye injuries can be very serious. Because any amount of vision loss is serious and can affect you doing your job, you should be aware that your employer and the insurance company will probably not pay you what your workers’ comp claim is worth. Even if they pay you for your medical bills and lost wages, you will still need compensation for your future lost income due to your injury.
There is a lot more to workers’ compensation claims than meets the eye. This is why injured workers who have experienced a loss of vision should have an attorney go eye to eye with the insurance company instead of trying to battle them on their own. If you would like to learn more about your rights to workers’ compensation benefits in Louisiana, please feel free to read our other articles, blogs, and resources or call us for a free consultation today.
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