According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are approximately 20,000 workplace injuries related to eyes every year. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) research shows that accidents resulting in eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in the loss of productivity of workers, medical bills for treatment, and workers’ compensation claims.
Not every accident injuring an eye in the workplace will have workers’ compensation coverage. If you suffered eye injuries related to an accident at work, consider how a Los Angeles eye injuries lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you understand your legal rights. Call us at (800) 794-0444.
Eye Protection in the Workplace
All employers and other workers in the workplace need to ensure that they provide proper eye protection in the workplace. If a worker suffers any kind of injury in the workplace as a result of the failure to provide eye protection, they may have the legal right to pursue a claim against the negligent party that failed to provide this eye protection.
There are several ways in which a worker can protect their eyes in the workplace in order to avoid injury. Obviously, there are always different types of work that will require eye protection in the areas of welding, carpentry, construction, electrical work, or any other type of work.
Examples of Eye Injuries at Work
Every job has its own set of risks related to eye injuries. Consider the following examples of work-related eye injuries:
- Eye strain at a computer
- Hazardous or toxic chemicals accidentally entering the eye
- Electrical work
- Having a piece of wood, metal, or other foreign body in the eye
- Eye injuries resulting from toxic or dangerous fumes
- Medical practitioners, such as doctors and dentists may have eye injuries when treating patients
- Falling and receiving eye injuries
- Suffering a traumatic collision resulting in injuries, including eye injuries
- Failure of protective eyewear or machine guard to operate properly due to a manufacturing defect
If you suffered any kind of eye injury at work, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation. Learn how a Los Angeles eye injuries lawyer can help you understand how you can receive compensation for your injuries and losses.
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While many people think that they must file a workers’ compensation claim following an injury in the workplace, there are other parties that may remain liable and responsible for a worker’s eye injury. Some of those third parties include the following:
- A third-party manufacturer that defectively manufactured a faulty or defective machine guard of protective eyewear resulting in eye injuries. It is important to note that if a defective machine or defective protective eyewear was the actual cause of your eye injury, you may have the legal right to file a product liability case against the manufacturer directly of the defective or faulty product.
- A third-party that failed to properly maintain or repair a machine guard.
- Another worker or third-party that behaved in a reckless or negligent way, causing eye injury.
- Another company employee contracted by a different third-party that negligently performed their job resulting in eye injury (i.e. failure to provide eye protection to workers, failure to provide machine guards, failing to stack hazardous materials correctly, failure to provide correct equipment in order to do a job safely, etc.).
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Seek Medical Treatment Following Your Eye Accident
If you are reading this, you or someone you love likely suffered some form of eye accident in the workplace. The best option is to always seek immediate medical treatment following an eye accident, as waiting can cause permanent vision loss.
If you have not yet sought the advice of a medical professional regarding your eye injury, you should do so as soon as possible for your own health. If you receive a proper medical evaluation and treatment following your eye injury, you may have the foundation for a case that establishes negligence.
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Compensation for Eye Injuries
Eye injuries can easily result in serious issues with your vision, including permanent vision loss if serious enough. The loss of vision can have a direct impact on a worker’s ability to continue to work in the same or similar industry.
As a result, a worker may have not only medical bills and lost wages due to their eye injury but also the loss of future wages. They may not have the physical ability to see clearly enough to continue working in their field.
Additionally, a worker may have pain and suffering as a result of their eye injuries. A victim also has the legal right to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering as well.
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Statute of Limitations
There are deadlines in the state of California in which a victim must file a claim for either personal injury (under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1) or for a manufacturing defect (called product liability law). In both cases, a victim has two years from the date of the injury to file a claim in court if insurance companies will not provide a just or fair settlement amount.
Consider How a Los Angeles Eye Injuries Lawyer Can Help You
A lawyer has the ability to provide you with legal advice regarding your case, given your unique set of facts and circumstances. A lawyer may also help you determine whether or not to pursue a product liability case against a manufacturer or a personal injury case against a third-party.
Learn how a Los Angeles eye injuries lawyer can help you determine your legal rights by contacting at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 today.