Injuries to the eyes and ears are fairly common in the job. In fact, one study indicated that more than 10% of workers have some form of hearing loss, with 25% of those hearing problems being caused by work-related concerns. Continue reading to learn more, and then call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation at 562-222-0146.
Objects from outside hitting, scraping, or pinning the eye
When a foreign object gets into the eye, it can cut, scratch, or otherwise harm the cornea. Splinters of wood, shards of glass, dust, grease, oil, and wood are the most common things that enter the eye in the workplace. Tools can discharge them, and they frequently fall from above the worker. Objects such as nails, staples, and metal can potentially puncture the eye. This can result in permanent vision loss.
Traumatic brain injury
It is not necessary for objects to penetrate you to inflict major harm. It is not necessary for them to cut or scratch you; sometimes the trauma is enough. A powerful hit to the eye, for example, might cause internal hemorrhage, harm to the eye bones around the eye, and even retinal detachment.
There are a variety of burns that can cause damage to the eyes and ears. Chemical burns can occur when a person is working with industrial chemicals or cleaning goods. Thermal burns are possible if they work as welders or in comparable positions. Both forms of burns have the potential to harm the eyes and surrounding tissue.
UV (Ultraviolet) Rays
UV radiation is prevalent in many workplaces, which can cause a variety of eye diseases and disorders. Cancer and cataracts are two examples. Welding arcs, lasers, and germicidal lamps are some of the most prevalent sources of UV radiation for employees.
A contagious disease
People who work in the health care field and on janitorial staffs are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases. When a person is exposed to blood splashes, touching the eyes with contaminated fingers, or being hit with respiratory droplets while coughing, many infectious diseases can be transmitted through the mucous membrane of the eye.
Even office workers are susceptible to serious eye injuries at work. Long periods of time spent in front of a computer screen can produce weariness, dizziness, migraine headaches, and nausea. Computer screen use can also strain the eyes, causing the blink rate to drop by half.
If you’ve had an eye injury at work, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 for a free legal consultation and to learn more about your options.