We use our eyes in almost everything we do from the time we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep at night. When you sustain an injury that affects your vision, it can have a huge impact on your life and cause significant challenges.
Common causes of vision impairments at work
There are many different ways that a person’s vision can be impaired while they are at work. In most cases, the vision impairment stems from an injury to part of the eye. In other cases, however, temporary or permanent vision loss or impairment may occur due to traumatic brain injury1 or other brain damage. The following are only some examples of common causes of vision impairment in the workplace:
· Blunt trauma to the eye
· Long-lasting exposure to bright lights
· Shards of metal, plastic, wood, or other hard materials getting into the eye
· Harmful chemicals getting into the eye
· Head trauma due to a fall, falling objects, or other traumatic event
· Chemical exposure, drowning, or another event leading to oxygen deprivation
Not only can all of these eye or brain injuries be extremely painful, but they also will often require immediate medical attention. Depending on the extent of the damage to the eye or brain, necessary medical treatment can involve emergency care, hospitalization, visits with specialists, or even surgery. Even with all of this treatment, some injuries cause vision impairment or vision loss that lasts for weeks, months, or that can even be permanent. Some people may have to protect their eye with a patch, thereby forcing vision impairment.
No matter how your vision impairment occurred, you will likely experience many limitations until the injury heals—if it ever heals. You may be unable to transport yourself due to the inability to drive, you may not be able to perform household tasks, and you may not be able to work depending on your job duties. If you wish to return to work or regular activities, you may require extensive accommodations to account for your vision or impairment.
What types of workers’ benefits are available to injured workers?
The following types of workers’ compensation benefits are available to injured employees under Delaware law:2
· Medical Benefits –These benefits pay for all necessary hospitalization and medical treatment associated with a work-related injury or illness.
· Temporary Total Disability Benefits –These kinds of benefits are paid on the fourth day lost to the injury after a three day waiting period. If, however, the disability extends beyond seven days, there is not three day waiting period. The benefit amount is two-thirds of the injured workers’ weekly wages.
· Temporary Partial Benefits – If a worker returns to work part-time of at a lower rate of pay than his or her wage, he or she may be entitled to two-thirds of the difference between the pre-injury wage and the current wage.
· Permanent Impairment Benefits – These benefits apply to workers who sustain an injury or develop an illness that results in permanent partial disability. The benefits are based on the type of injury and the body part involved.
· Disfigurement benefits – These benefits are available to workers one year after an accident or surgery that resulted in a burn, scar, or amputation related to the employee’s work.
Contact Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC today to discuss your case with an experienced Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer
If you have been injured in a workplace accident or developed an occupational disease related to work, you are likely entitled to significant workers’ compensation benefits under Delaware law. It is important to understand, however, that these benefits do not get paid automatically, and that obtaining workers’ compensation benefits often requires a significant effort on the part of the victim. Fortunately for injured workers, however, an attorney can help obtain the benefits to which your entitled and also ensure that you receive the full value of your claim. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of the experienced Delaware workers’ compensation attorneys of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, please call our office today at 302-364-6047. If you would prefer to reach the firm via email, please fill our and submit our online contact form available here.