According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 2,000 workers seek medical treatment for an eye injury each day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration further reports that thousands of people receive an eye injury leading to blindness each year. If you’ve suffered an eye injury at work, you need the experience and determination of the Great Falls eye injury attorneys of Kovacich Snipes, P.C.
There are three main types of common eye injuries: scraping, penetrating, and chemical or thermal burns.
Scraping eye injuries are the most common and result from a small particle striking the eye and scraping across the protective outer covering of the eyeball. Bits of dust, metal slivers, sawdust, and cement ejected by tools commonly cause scraping injuries.
Penetrating eye injuries occur when an object does not merely rest on the outer surface of the eye, but penetrates the eyeball, usually resulting in a permanent loss of vision. Splinters of wood, nails, and staples often cause a penetrating eye injury.
Chemical burns occur when a chemical contacts the eye, causing burns to the eyeball and surrounding soft tissues. Thermal burns are common in welding when the heat from the procedure causes burn damage directly to the eyes.
The first symptom most people notice from an eye injury is pain. The eye is very sensitive and anything affecting the eye may cause a great deal of pain. Other symptoms will include difficulty seeing, spots appearing in your vision, difficulty moving the eye, and possibly blood in the clear part of the eye.
Long-term effects could include dimness or blurry vision, permanent spots before your eyes, even blindness in the affected eye.
The first treatment from medical personnel is usually to remove the offending object or wash the eye to remove the object or chemical. Shielding the eye from further injury while it recovers is a common follow-up, as is applying cold to reduce swelling around the eye. In some cases, you may require surgery to repair damage or correct your vision.
Many eye injuries take place at work. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should compensate you for injuries suffered at work. Additionally, if the eye injury was the result of a defective product or the actions of someone not working for your company, either party may also be liable.
In cases where the eye injury did not take place at work, such as in a car accident or from a defective product, the negligent party will be liable for your injury. Your Montana eye injury lawyer can help determine who the responsible parties are to seek compensation.
Montana state law provides for employees to receive compensation for medical treatment and lost wages for injuries incurred at work. Additionally, in some cases, if your injuries were not work-related or if certain factors apply in your case, you may also win damages for pain and suffering.
The Great Falls eye injury attorneys of Kovacich Snipes, P.C. know that every case is unique and that is why we give each case the care and attention it deserves. Call Kovacich Snipes, P.C. today to schedule your free consultation. Your injury attorney will listen to you describe your situation and answer any questions you may have. You pay no fee unless we win you a settlement or verdict, so there is no risk to you. Let Kovacich Snipes, P.C. help you get the compensation you deserve after your eye injury.