An eye injury may result in partial or total vision loss or may result in workers experiencing a restriction in their field of vision. Unfortunately, the United States Department of Labor estimates that every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer some degree of blindness as a result of dangerous working conditions.
Your eyes and your vision are essential to your quality of life and to your job. If your vision has suffered because of a workplace injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Skilled Charleston vision loss lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC., are prepared to work closely with you to ensure you receive the support and benefits you deserve. Contact an experienced attorney today to begin your claim.
Vision Loss in the Workplace
Eye injuries and vision loss can be particularly frightening for workers and can negatively impact almost every aspect of their lives. Because the eye is composed of multiple delicate structures, even a minor injury can mean a significant loss of vision, and ultimately the quality of life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries in the workplace every day. Unfortunately, many of these injuries result in either partial or total blindness. Common causes of vision loss injuries in the workplace include:
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Spark and burn injuries
- Dangerous tools
- Falling objects
- Exposure to UV radiation
- Extended use of computers
In any injury where the eye and vision are involved, it is important to seek prompt medical treatment, however, even with immediate treatment workers can still experience blurry vision, double vision, loss of visual field, and either partial or total blindness. While any worker may potentially be exposed to hazardous conditions, skilled Charleston vision injury attorneys have represented workers in nearly every field. These include construction workers, carpenters, welders, laboratory employees, and industrial equipment engineers.
Workers’ Compensation for Victims of Workplace Vision Loss
Employers are required to provide their workers with a safe working environment. This means that workers should be supplied with adequate and safety approved eye protection and other protective equipment such as goggles and face shields.
However, many workers are either not supplied with this critical equipment, or the equipment they are supplied with is inadequate or damaged such that it no longer offers protection for workers’ vision. Charleston workers who have sustained an eye injury and subsequent vision loss in the workplace are entitled to file for compensation and benefits under South Carolina’s workers’ compensation system.
However, understanding the complex procedures for filing for benefits can mean injured workers do not receive the benefits they are entitled to simply because of the complexities of the workers’ compensation system. The workplace injury and vision loss lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC., have decades of experience and offer injured workers with comprehensive guidance and support while filing for benefits.
Potential Damages to Recover
With aggressive advocacy and diligent representation, Charleston vision loss attorneys have helped workers recover:
- Temporary total disability benefits
- Partial disability benefits
- Permanent and total disability benefits
- Medical costs and expenses
- Lump sum injury payments
At Howell and Christmas, LLC., skilled lawyers know the impact an eye injury and vision loss can have on a worker and their family and are prepared to help injured workers and their families recover the compensation and benefits they deserve.
Contacting an Experienced Charleston Vision Loss Attorney
An experienced vision loss lawyer at Howell and Christmas, LLC., can help injured workers and their families stand up for their rights and they can help ensure that they receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. Contact today.