Employees across all different industries and work environments use their eyes to see what they are working on. Eyesight is critical to getting a job done and doing it right, which is why any eye injury that affects a person’s ability to do his or her job is serious. While some eye injuries are minor, other workplace eye injuries are major—even resulting in blindness.
How Do Eye Injuries Occur at Work?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men between the ages of 25 and 44 suffered the majority of eye injuries in the workplace in 2008. Although men are more likely to suffer eye injuries due to the type of work they do, any worker—even in an office environment—can suffer an eye injury. However, workers in construction, production, service, or manufacturing industries are often more vulnerable to suffering eye injuries that result in vision loss. This is because workers in these industries are more likely to come in contact with cleaning agents, chemicals, sharp objects, and flying objects (even sawdust and wood or metal chips that fly through the air).
When foreign materials enter the eye or exposure to chemicals takes place, serious eye injuries can be the result. Whether workers suffer corneal abrasions, scratches, contusions, eyelid lacerations, or burn injuries to their eyes, their eyesight can be affected. Even if a worker doesn’t suffer full blindness, any amount of vision loss can affect that worker from doing his or her job. As a result, workplace eye injuries in Florida should be compensated appropriately. Unfortunately, insurance companies might downplay an eye injury so that they don’t have to pay a victim a fair recovery.
If you have suffered partial or full vision loss as a result of a workplace injury, you should contact a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer immediately. It is important that you are aware of your rights to a full and fair financial recovery. Even if your employer is giving you time off of work and the insurance company is paying for your medical bills, you should speak with an attorney to find out what your workers’ compensation claim is worth.