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Eye Injuries in the Workplace

More than 50,000 employees suffer an on-the-job injury to one of their eyes or both eyes each year. Among these eye injuries, a significant percentage of them result in the need for the injured person to take time off work and require ongoing medical treatment.

Work-related eye injuries can occur from accidental trauma to the eye, exposure to chemicals, or injury from occupational debris.

Many eye injuries occur from trauma to the eye. Employees in the industrial industry are particularly prone to eye injury from exposure to dust, debris, and chemicals. Additionally, falls or accidents on the job may result in trauma to the eye and lead to an inability to work.

The eyes are also susceptible to disease and infection, particularly in certain occupations. Employees who work with animals, children, or in the healthcare field are all at risk of exposure to bodily fluids and other substances that can lead to eye infections or disease.

Workers' Compensation Attorney in Miami for Eye Injuries

If you suffered an eye injury in your South Florida work environment, then it is important to seek immediate medical attention. After being treated for the eye injury by a medical professional, you should seek out the services of an experienced attorney focused on workers' compensation claims in Miami, FL. It is important to file the Workers’ Compensation claim within 30 days of the injury.

After an eye injury, contact an experienced attorney for workers' compensation claims. At The Hoffman Firm, our attorneys represent clients throughout the City of Aventura, Miami, Miami-Dade County and all surrounding areas throughout South Florida. We also serve clients in Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach County, such as West Palm Beach.

Eye injuries can significantly impair your sight, affecting your ability to work and live. In order to receive the benefits you are entitled to, it is essential to start the Workers’ Compensation process as early as possible.

Applying for Workers’ Compensation benefits is only the first step. It can be helpful to obtain legal counsel and representation to ensure that you receive the benefits you need and deserve during this confusing and uncertain time.

At The Hoffman Firm in North Miami, our attorneys are here to help you with the workers' compensation process after a work-related eye injury. If you need assistance applying for or receiving benefits, contact The Hoffman Firm by calling (305) 940-2307 today.


Eye Injuries in Miami, FL Workplaces

A workplace eye injury can occur in a number of different settings. Although office workers are less likely than factory workers to sustain an eye injury, they are not completely without risk. Some eye injuries result in permanent disabilities.

In addition to everyday irritants such as dust and pollen, certain workplaces expose workers to many types of potentially injurious causes, including flying debris and airborne chemicals.

Defective products, inadequate protection and training, negligent co-workers, failure to properly follow procedures, and unsafe working conditions may also cause a work-related eye injury.

Slip and fall accidents, which are the most common type of workplace injury, may also result in eye trauma. Depending on the circumstances, a slip and fall or trip and fall at work could damage a person's eyes, which could prevent a person from working, or from resuming normal work activities.

Health care professionals and people who work with animals or children have a higher instance of eye injuries due to work-related disease and infection.

A person's eyes are a precious gift, granting immediate access to and understanding of the world around us. Any eye injury, especially an eye injury inflicted on the job, demands immediate attention and proper compensation if the injury occurred on the job.


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Types of Eye Injuries in Miami, FL

Eyes are delicate and susceptible to a wide variety of injuries, but several types of eye injuries are common in the workplace, according to AllAboutVision.com. Among them:

 

  • Bleeding or hemorrhage of the eye 

  • Chemical burn or caustic substance in the eye

  • Hyphema or orbital blowout fracture

  • Penetration of the eye or foreign object lodged in the eye

  • Scratched cornea

  • Swelling of the eye due to impact or bruising

  • Traumatic Iritis

 


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Additional Resources

University of Miami Hospital ­— Eye Injury — Learn more about eye injuries and how to prevent them at home, outside, at work, at play and with children at the University of Miami Hospital website.


Find an Attorney in Miami, FL for Workers' Comp Claims Related to Eye Injuries

If you suffered an injury to one eye or both eyes at work, contact an experienced legal professional about your options. If your eye injury occurred at work, you may be entitled to lost wage benefits, short-term disability benefits, or a financial settlement under Florida's Workers' Compensation laws (Chapter 440 of the Florida Statutes).

Whether you need advice, guidance, or legal counsel, contact The Hoffman Firm today to discuss your unique situation. We represent clients throughout the Miami, Florida area.

Our Aventura office in the North Miami area is conveniently located to provide access to the people of South Florida. Our clients come from Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, including the cities of Aventura, North Miami, Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Hallandale Beach, and other nearby South Florida communities.

If you suffered an eye injury at work and you live anywhere in the greater Miami metropolitan area and encountered resistance to your workers' compensation claim, call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 940-2307 today to discuss a possible workers' comp claim that can be filed against your employer.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 27, 2016.

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