Recovering Compensation For Work-Related Eye Injuries
Recovering from an eye injury is often difficult and, in many cases, an initial injury can lead to permanent impairment or the complete loss of sight.
But blindness isn’t the only concern. If you’re suffering from an eye injury, you’ve likely also felt greater anxiety and perhaps depression. There’s the fear of falling, of further injury, and of never seeing your loved ones’ faces again.
To hurt your eye in the normal course of work is frustrating, in the least. Not only does it limit something you rely on daily—your sight—you’re also limited from getting back to work, paying your bills, and providing for your family.
If you or someone you care about has suffered an eye injury or blindness at work, you may be able to pursue benefits through Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system. Our experienced attorneys at Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo are here to help in that pursuit.
Workplace Accidents Involving Eye Injuries Occur Daily
Eye injuries stem from a variety of workplace accidents, many of which can lead to anything from impaired vision to partial or total blindness. Especially in a construction setting, blindness can result from any of the following:
- Explosions and chemical burns
- Flying debris
- Various traumas
- A welding arc
- Looking directly at a UV source without protection
Types Of Eye Injuries Our Clients Have Sustained On The Job
Accidents on the job can cause several different eye injuries, some minor and some severe. Common eye injuries can include:
- Scratched cornea (corneal abrasion)
- Corneal or eyelid laceration
- Puncture by an object
- Detached retina
- Chemical injury, such as an acid or alkali burn
- UV burns
- Injury secondary to orbital bone fracture
- Blunt eye trauma
- Bleeding inside the eye
Eye trauma often leads to intensive medical care, from daily visits to the eye doctor to more serious eye surgery. Even minor damage can cause blurry, cloudy, or double vision.
Three People To Speak With After Injuring Your Eye At Work
If you’ve suffered an eye injury on the job, it’s essential to visit an eye doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes, the full impact of an eye injury is not apparent until sometime after the accident. So, if you’ve not visited an ophthalmologist since hurting your eye, the time to make an appointment is now.
Also, report your accident to your employer in a timely manner. Pennsylvania work comp laws require you to report your injury within 120 days from the date of injury. Miss that window, and you miss your chance at recovering financial compensation for your eye injury.
Finally, it’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer about your potential rights to workers’ comp benefits, such as lost wages, coverage for medical bills, mileage reimbursement, partial and total disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and, in many blindness cases, Social Security Disability benefits as well. Our law firm handles both matters. We will carefully examine your case to help determine which direction is best for you.
Workers’ Comp Attorneys With The Experience To Do Right By You
Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo is the longest-running workers’ compensation law firm in the state. Since opening our doors more than 80 years ago, we have worked hard to do what is right for Pennsylvania’s injured workers. Our award-winning representation and longevity have earned us great accolades amongst our peers. Even more, our hard work and dedicated service are reflected in the 150-plus positive reviews our clients have left for us online. This all boils down to one thing:
When you come to us with a case involving blindness or impaired vision from a work accident, you can be confident that we will aggressively pursue your goals.
To best serve you, we must first get to know your needs. That starts by getting to know you. We’ll ask how blindness from a work accident affected your life. With that information, we will begin to structure your case with one goal in mind: meeting your needs by getting you the compensation you deserve.
Seek Compensation For Your Work-Related Eye Injury
We want to hear about your work-related eye injury and provide you with the information you need to recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Email us or call us at 800-952-9640 to talk with an experienced attorney and to receive a free case evaluation.
Worried about costs? Set those fears aside. Our lawyers handle workers’ compensation cases on a contingency basis. We only get paid if we help you obtain compensation, prevent an insurance company from stopping or altering your benefits, or if you settle your case.