Thousands of people are blinded every year as a result of a work-related eye injury. These injuries, in most cases, could have been prevented had the victim been provided with the proper eye and face protection, as required under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
The CDC reports that about 2,000 eye injuries occur every day in the U.S. Some are treatable, and vision restored, while others are so serious that sight in one or both eyes is lost forever.
At Riddle & Brantley, we represent workers who have suffered vision loss or blindness due to a workplace injury. We are dedicated to helping those who are living with this impairment to seek every possible form of compensation through workers’ compensation benefits and through any other agency or third party that may also be held liable.
We have years of success in workers’ compensation law in North Carolina, and we have two Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists on our team. That means your case is in experienced hands. Connect with us by phone, or use our online injury evaluation form as as soon as possible after the eye injury. We’ll immediately get moving on your case.
A wide range of work situations and environmental hazards can result in permanent vision loss. The various types of eye injuries include:
Compensation for your Vision Loss:
Under North Carolina law, total loss of use or total loss of vision in one eye is the same as losing that eye and the employee will receive 120 weeks of compensation of 66 and 2/3 percent of his average weekly wage. If the employee suffers partial loss of the eye or use of the eye, then his compensation is based on the percentage of his loss of the eye or vision.
The determination of partial loss of vision depends upon the remaining vision without the use of corrective lenses or glasses. Once the loss of vision equals 85 percent then the loss is considered total and the employee is entitled to the full 120 weeks of compensation. If the employee’s eye is removed then he is entitled to the full 120 weeks plus additional compensation for serious facial disfigurement.
How Eye Accidents Happen
Those working in the construction industry have one of the highest rates of eye injuries, according to the CDC. Some of the situations leading to permanent vision loss or long term vision problems include:
OSHA Regulations: Eye Protection
OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.
Eye and face protection is addressed in specific standards for general industries, as well as, shipyard employment, longshoring and the construction industry. These regulations contain these safety provisions:
How Riddle & Brantley Can Help
All workers are required to be protected against eye damage in the workplace, when there are hazards present. If your employer failed to provide approved eye protection as required, and you suffered a serious eye injury, vision impairment or blindness as a result, you have a right to seek justice and compensation.
At Riddle & Brantley, our goal is to help workers who are living with severe vision impairments or blindness. Turn to our legal team where Justice Counts for the compensation you deserve.