If you are searching for the average workers comp eye injury settlement then read on to find out.
The ability to see is critical in almost every profession on earth. When a worker is injured in one or both eyes, his or her quality of life is in immediate jeopardy.
Worker Eye Injuries
In the workplace, employees can suffer from eye injuries in different ways.
- Corneal abrasions occur when the surface of the eye is scratched by any object. It could be caused by dust particles, glass fragments, plastic granules, metal objects, etc. Corneal abrasions present as red, swollen eyes.
- Burns are serious injuries caused by corrosive liquids like acids and alkalis. Any exposure to these chemicals should be immediately followed by a rinse of the eyes and a visit to the doctor.
- Hemorrhages occur when a blood vessel near or within the eye ruptures. See a doctor to ensure no permanent damage is caused.
- Penetration of the eye occurs when a sharp object pierces the eyeball. Try to cover the injured eye and rush to the hospital.
- Fracture of the eye occurs when the eye or the orbital socket receive blunt force trauma. This requires immediate medical attention.
- Traumatic Iritis is inflammation of the iris usually as a result of trauma. Secondary diseases have also been known to cause traumatic iritis. This could permanently affect your vision.
The treatment received depends on the kind of injury taken to the eye. Extensive treatments might or might not be required.
- A scratched eye should be covered; then a doctor should be consulted to take care of it. Do not wash the eye out or try to rub it. This could make the situation a lot worse.
- If the eye experiences sharp force trauma (penetration by a sharp object), only a doctor should remove it. Failure to remove it or removal by unqualified persons can worsen the injury.
- Wash your face with lukewarm water for fifteen minutes because chemicals may damage your eyes. Then, visit the hospital.
- Swollen and irritated eyes should be treated with icepacks or damp cloths
- Use prescribed medication to treat eye infections
Other more severe injuries might require surgeries or transplants.
Workers Compensation Settlements For Eye Injury Examples
To determine the compensation payout you can get is not so straightforward. Luckily, there are examples for you to reference with. Here are a few examples of compensation settlements for eye injuries.
In Cook County (2014) A 21-year-old construction worker took shrapnel to his right eye from a wheelbarrow tire explosion.
However, the worker was plagued by headaches and light sensitivity even after treatment. He returned to work with some challenges. After his court hearing, he was awarded the following:
- $300 weekly for 16.2 weeks for lasting fractional debility benefits
A 53-year-old assembly worker at Mitsubishi in McLean County (2008) suffered retinal detachment in his right eye while at work and received surgery to correct the injury.
Despite the operation’s success, he had difficulty seeing out of the right eye, lacked any kind of peripheral vision with it, and struggled to identify shapes or depths. A claim awarded the worker these rewards.
- $799.47 weekly for 11-1/7 weeks for lasting fractional debility benefits.
- $534.16 per week for 75 weeks to compensate for passing full debility.
- All past and future necessary medical expenses.
In Winnebago County (2013), a 45-year-old mason worker was injured by a flying shard to his eye when hammering stakes into the ground, even though he had on protective goggles.
He was diagnosed with a perforating left eye injury. The treatment proved unsuccessful, and the eye was lost. A claim for these disabilities and the future losses he would suffer because of them awarded him the following benefits:
- 60% of his weekly wage ($916.81) for 160 weeks for lasting fractional debility benefits
- $1018.67 weekly for 35-2/7 weeks to compensate for passing full debility.
- $4,573.58 to compensate for extra expenses.
Consult a lawyer with experience in personal injury suits before filing any claims. It best to get the full picture when you’re dealing with an eye injury and need compensation.