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January 27, 2022

Facts about the human eye

  • The eye is the second-most complex organ in the body (the brain is the most complex organ in the human body);
  • The human eye is composed of more than two million parts;
  • A corneal scratch can heal within 48 hours; and
  • About 90 percent of all eye injuries are preventable.

The Four Types of Eye Injuries

The eye can be injured in a variety of circumstances and certain kinds of eye injuries heal more quickly than others. Moreover, eye injuries that happen under certain situations carry greater risks of causing permanent damage and/or complete loss of vision. Common types of eye injuries include:

Abrasion injuries: An scratch to the eye usually happens when a small foreign body is trapped against the eye's surface. As the eyeball moves or the eye lids open and close, the foreign object moves across the surface of the eye causing scratches. Eyeball scratches can be very painful. In most cases, the eye can heal once the the foreign body is flushed out of the eye with water and the eye is allowed to heal.

Burn injuries: The eye can be burned by exposure to intense light or flames, or by a caustic chemical. Burns to the eye can causing temporary or permanent blindness. It is very important that people who might be exposed to burn injuries to wear the proper and essential protective equipment.

Blunt force injuries: These injuries occur when the eye or eye socket is struck by a blunt object. For example, when someone is punched in the eye. The risk of permanent loss of vision is low in a blunt force eye injury, but swelling and temporary loss of vision is common. 

Piercing injuries: These eye injuries happen when a foreign object punctures the eyeball and/or eye socket. Depending on how deep the foreign object penetrates the eye and/or socket, permanent vision loss in that eye could occur. These injuries are extremely painful, and those who have sustained such an injury will need emergency medical attention.

All eye injuries should be treated as an emergency. Emergency medical attention should be sought as quickly as possible. Also, it is important not to try and remove any foreign object that has penetrated the eye to avoid causing further damage from occurring. 

Your May Have a Right to Recover Monetary Compensation After an Eye Injury

Eye injuries that are the result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions could give the injury victim the right to pursuit a legal claim. A few examples of negligence are:

  • An employer does not provide a welder with proper eye protection;
  • An individual carelessly swings and hits a person in the eye;
  • A workplace accident causes metal flakes to fly into an employee’s eyes; or
  • A car accident causes a driver to strike their face and eyes against the steering wheel.

When incidents such as these occur, the injured individual might be able to bring legal action against the individual(s) and/or entity or entities at fault for causing the eye injury. A successful lawsuit or settlement could result in compensation for medical expenses, future surgeries, medical procedures, lost wages, disability, disfigurement, temporary or permanent blindness, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Eye Injuries That Occur at the Workplace

According to ehstoday.com, there are approximately 800,000 eye injuries happen at work every year and about 90% of these eye accidents are preventable. Approximately 36,000 workplace eye injuries require the injured worker to miss time from work. These eye injuries typically happen in the transportation, production, and service industries. 

The United States Department of Labor says eye injuries account for nearly $300 million in medical expenses, lost production time, and workers’ compensation claims.

Prevent Blindness America suggests the following actions to prevent eye injuries in the workplace:

  • Complete a workplace eye hazard assessment.
  • Be mindful of probable eye safety dangers at work.
  • Wear safety glasses or goggles whenever eye hazards are present.
  • Know where the nearest eye wash station is located and know how to use the eye wash. 
  • Immediately notify employers of safety hazards.
  • Have regular eye exams.
  • Wear prescription glasses use goggles for added protection if necessary. 

If you or a loved one have sustained an eye injury due to the negligent actions of another or an employer, contact our firm for your free case review. The eye injury claims attorneys at Montick & Associates understand the pain and difficulties associated with eye injuries and we are committed to helping our clients recover maximum compensation from those responsible for these serious injuries. 

Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you or a loved one have been injured by another's negligent actions, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries for over years.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.

Sources:

https://www.thevisioncouncil.org/sites/default/files/VCASSESafetyReportv4.pdf

https://www.ehstoday.com/ppe/eye-face-head/article/21908478/800000-eye-injuries-occur-annually-90-are-preventable

Category: Personal Injury

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