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What Are Common Causes of Construction Site Eye Injuries?

We rely on our sense of sight so much in our everyday lives. An accident injury that results in loss or damage to sight can be devastating. It will forever change the accident victim’s life. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 2,000 workers each day sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. On New York construction sites, temporary, permanent, partial, or total vision loss may be caused by chemicals or other hazards. Workers’ compensation benefits can easily fall short of fully compensating you for the extent of damages you incur due to sustaining an on the job eye injury. Attorney Michael LoGiudice will pursue other avenues for recovery such as third-party claims in order to help you get the monetary compensation you deserve for your losses.

What Are Common Causes of Construction Site Eye Injuries?

Even when in compliance with OSHA’s requirement to wear approved and properly fitted eyewear like goggles, eye injuries on construction sites occur. The Center to Protect Workers’ Rights reports that, each year, more than 10,600 construction site eye injuries requiring work absences involve construction sites.

Construction site eye injuries often occur due to:

    Building materials getting in the eye: When there is grinding and sanding, debris flies. This is also true with welding. Debris entering the eye or eye area can cause physical damage.
    Blunt force: A blow to the head due to the swinging or falling of an object can cause eye injuries such as retinal detachment requiring surgery to prevent full or partial blindness.
    Exposure to toxic chemicals: Chemicals, gases, and fumes can damage the eyes.

When looking at the common causes of construction site eye injuries, it comes as no surprise that the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the following workers have higher rates of work injuries:

    Carpenters
    Plumbers and pipefitters
    Electricians
    Welders
    Construction laborers

What Type of Eye Injuries Can Result from Construction Site Accidents?

Eye injuries can not only lead to full or partial vision loss that may be temporary or permanent, but it can also leave you in a great deal of pain. Some of the eye injuries that can result from a construction site accident include:

• Corneal scratches
• Chemical burns
• Fractures to the bones around the eye
• Eyelid lacerations
• Bleeding between the cornea and the iris (Hyphema)
• Inflammation of the iris
• Corneal flash burn

Helping to Get Proper Compensation for Construction Site Accident Victims.

Nothing will quite change your life like the loss of your vision. Even a partial vision loss can be extremely disorienting and disruptive to life as you know it. There is the pain to live with. There are also lifestyle adjustments that may need to be made. You may have to seek a different type of employment. There is so much to consider in the wake of sustaining such an accident injury. All of this comes on top of mounting expenses such as medical bills and lost wages. Let Attorney Michael LoGiudice handle the legal burdens of this difficult time. He will tirelessly pursue the monetary compensation you need and deserve to help you cope with your injuries.

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