Eye Injury Compensation Solicitors - Work Accidents
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Every year in Australia, there are more than 25,000 serious eye injuries, many of then being a work injury. Whilst the human eye is resilient with innate healing abilities, it is still a complex and fragile part of the body that is vulnerable to injury. Some of these injuries can be catastrophic, such as loss of vision quality or total blindness.
Individuals who have suffered catastrophic eye injuries whilst at work should seek the immediate counsel of an eye injury Compensation solicitor. Because complicated medical issues are involved, it is important that you work with a solicitor who fully understands eye injury claims.
Eye Injury at Work
Employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe work environment. Part of providing a safe work environment is taking the necessary steps to protect their employees from eye injuries. If an employer fails to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their employees, they could be held liable to pay compensation for any eye injury sustained by an employee during the course of performing their duties. Eye injuries that occur in the workplace are usually the result of negligence by an employer :-
- Workplace and Industrial Accidents – The dangers faced by those who work in construction include :-
- splinters, cut wire ends and tiny pieces of metal flying in the air
- dust and grit caused by sawing, grinding, chipping and mixing cement
- moving heavy machinery
- arc welding
- falling objects
- Trips Slips & Falls – Eye injuries at work are frequently caused by trips, slips and falls. The bones surrounding the eye are particularly vulnerable to injury in these types of accidents. The owner or occupier of a piece of land or other premises has a duty to ensure the safety of people who could reasonably be expected to use their property. If a person trips, slips or falls on their property and sustains an eye injury, they might be held legally liable and be responsible for compensating the victim.
Causes of Eye Injuries
The causes of eye injuries are numerous. Common causes of eye injuries include :-
Exposure to Chemicals: An eye can be burned if a caustic chemical gets inside of it. This can happen when liquid is splashed into the eye or a person rubs their eye while chemicals are on their hand. Also, air-borne chemical particles, such as aerosol products, can damage the eye.
Scratches: If you are scratched or poked in the eye, it can damage the cornea, which is the thin, transparent skin that covers your eyes.
Cuts: Your eye can be injured if cut by a sharp object. Falls also sometimes cause cuts.
Blows to the Eye: If the eye is struck by a blunt object, it can result in damage to the iris, which is the colored part of your eye. Significant blunt force trauma can cause bleeding in the eye or the fracturing of the facial bones that surround the eye.
Foreign Matter or Debris in the Eye: Some of the most dangerous types of debris that can get into the eye include small pieces of plastic, metal or wood.
Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays: Overexposure to UV rays can be the result of tanning beds, the sun or welding.
Types of Eye Injuries
Eye injuries take a number of different forms, ranging widely in their severity and resulting complications. Some of the most common types of eye injuries are :-
Black Eye: Blood has leaked into the skin of the eyelid and surrounding areas; usually caused by blunt trauma to the eye.
Sub-conjunctival Haemorrhage: Caused by the rupture of a small blood vessel on the eye’s surface; a patch of blood will appear on some or all of the white of the eye
Corneal Abrasion: Scratch on the surface of the cornea; often caused by foreign particles in the eyes.
Iritis: Inflammation of the inside lining of the eye or iris; can be caused by blunt trauma or a chemical burn.
Hyphema: Bleeding in the fluid-filled space between the coloured iris and the clear cornea; can result in permanent loss of vision.
Orbital Blowout Fracture: Fracturing of the bones that form the orbit of the eye; caused by blunt trauma to the eye and surrounding area.
Retinal Detachment: All or part of the retina is torn or separated from the surface at the back of the eyeball.
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Eye Injury Compensation Solicitors
If you have been the victim of a serious eye injury caused by an accident at work, you may be entitled to bring a legal claim to seek compensation for your physical and emotional suffering. Our eye injury Compensation solicitors are qualified to help victims recover the full amount of damages available to them. They will help you assert your legal rights so you can move forward with your recovery. Contact our eye injury Compensation solicitors today to receive legal advice at no cost from an specialist personal injury lawyer. This consultation is completely free of charge and you are under no further obligation.
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