Work eye injury – Who is to blame?Written by ruxandra
More than 800,000 people suffer work eye injuries each year in the United States (according to the CDC). Electricians, welders, carpenters, assembly line workers and mechanics are most of the people who report suffering from a work eye injury in Annapolis. You have to realize that if you suffered a work injury disability, you might deserve compensation.
The common causes of on-the-job eye injuries
- Projected particulates – projected splintered wood, metal flakes, shards of glass, etc.
- Tools – nails, wires, staples, cutting instruments, blades, saws, etc.
- Blunt force trauma – caused by the fall of the person on hard surfaces or auto collisions that result in the eyeball, socket or cornea injury.
- Chemicals – many workplaces use hazardous chemicals and do not offer proper protection to their employees.
- Overexposure to ultraviolet rays – from lasers, fluorescent lights, sun lamps, etc.
- Computer usage – even office computers that provide stronger backlight can affect the normal function of the eyes.
Work injury employee rights in MD
In is the right of an employee who sustained an on-the-job eye injury to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include the payment of medical bills, therapy bills, expenses (bandages, medication), lost wages. The workers’ compensation does not cover the pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
The employers are responsible for providing their employees with protective gears and equipment. A failure to do so means that they did not respect the law, and they should pay substantial fines and penalties for your accidents. This is a flagrant violation and constitutes as gross negligence. As a result, if you have suffered a work injury you are entitled to file a work injury claim form and depending on the severity of the injury you will receive your compensation. It is best to file this claim with a work injury attorney from Annapolis because they are familiar with the law of Maryland and also with the local judicial system.
MD work injury procedure
There is a work injury reporting procedure in MD you have to follow to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Firstly, you need to report the injury as soon as possible to your employer (after you talk to your lawyer). After this, you have to complete a form for “first report of injury” (if the injury is serious and you require emergency medical treatment after you are stabilized). Your injury lawyer will help you along the way with your claim. Most of the time the employer will be found liable for your injury, even if the accident took place outside the typical workplace.
Get the help of an ophthalmologist
An ophthalmologist will correctly diagnose your eye injury. They will use a slit lamp, which is a law-power microscope, and will examine your eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, sclera, and iris. If the doctor sees fit, you could even wear an eye patch for a couple of days, take eye drops or undergo an eye surgery.
If you were the victim of a work eye injury and it was not your fault, contact the best work injury lawyer at [email protected] and (443) 569-3950 for a free consultation. Together we will fight for your right and bring those responsible to justice.