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Facts about eye injuries among workers in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Countless workers get injured on the job each year, and that’s why there are so many workers’ compensation claims. But did you know that a lot of those claims are for eye injuries?

How do workers experience eye injuries on the job?

One of the most common ways workers experience eye injuries is by getting something in their eye. This could be a piece of dust, metal shavings or even chemicals if they work in a laboratory or factory. Another way workers experience eye injuries is by getting hit in the eye with something. This could be a ball, tool or even another person’s hand if there’s an accident. Sometimes, the tools workers use, such as power drills or saws, can cause eye injuries if they break or malfunction. Finally, workers can also experience eye injuries from looking at bright lights for too long. This is common among welders and people who work with lasers.

What are the consequences of an eye injury?

Eye injuries can range from mild to severe, and the consequences can be just as varied. A minor injury might cause redness or tearing, while a more serious one could result in blindness. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for workers who experience an eye injury to also experience a concussion. This is because the eye is very sensitive and any blow to the head can cause it to swell, which puts pressure on the brain.

Seeking compensation for your injuries

When you get injured at your workplace, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Once you’ve been seen by a doctor, you should then report your injury to your employer. Your employer should then file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf. You may receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. However, if you feel like your employer is not taking your injury seriously, or if they’re trying to deny your workers’ compensation claim, you may file a lawsuit against them.

If you work in an environment where there’s a risk of eye injuries, it’s important to take precautions. Wearing safety goggles or glasses is a good way to protect your eyes. Additionally, you should be aware of your surroundings and what’s going on around you. If you see something that could potentially hurt your eyes, make sure to avoid it.