Construction work is continually ranked as one of the most dangerous fields of employment. Although construction accidents are common, that doesn’t mean that construction workers do not have rights in the event that an accident and injury occurs. When construction accidents result in injuries, workers may be due compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Construction accidents involving eye injuries can be some of the most damaging. Individuals rely on the eyes for most day-to-day tasks. Any eye injury that temporarily or permanently affects the health and function of the eyes can dramatically compromise a person’s quality of life.
The experienced attorneys at Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC can work with victims of construction accidents and eye injuries in the Richmond, VA area to help them obtain just compensation for their losses.
Causes of Construction Accident Eye Injuries
OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has many standards and regulations in place to minimize the risk of workplace injuries. Despite these regulations, thousands of people are injured on the job each year. These numbers are particularly high at construction sites, which are full of potential hazards.
Construction accidents can result in many different injuries. Following are some of the most common causes of eye injuries stemming from construction accidents:
- Debris: One of the leading causes of eye injuries on construction sites is debris in the eyes. Loose building materials and debris that flies through the air when a person is sanding, grinding, or welding can get in the eyes and cause injuries such as corneal scratches.
- Blunt force: Blunt force is another leading cause of construction accidents and eye injuries. If debris or machinery falls and hits a person in the face or head, the eyes can be struck. Severe force can cause eye injuries such as retinal detachment.
- Exposure to toxic chemicals: Construction sites often contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals, as well as their fumes and gasses, can get into the eyes and cause damage.
Degrees of Eye Injuries
Similar to a burn, eye injuries can be classified by the severity of damage they cause or by the area of the eye that is affected.
A zone 1 eye injury is one that causes damage to the cornea, which is the clear, outermost layer of the eye. A zone 2 injury effects the sclera, which is the white part of the eye that sits flush with the cornea. Finally, a zone 3 eye injury is a full-thickness eye injury, which means that beyond 5mm of the sclera is affected by the injury.
Any of these injuries could cause temporary or long-lasting damage that alters the function of the eyes. In the most severe cases, eye injuries can result in blindness.
Compensation for Damages
Employees injured in construction accidents are due worker’s compensation benefits. However, these benefits do not always adequately compensate for the full extent of injury damages. Many workers are due additional compensation from liable third-parties.
Our experienced construction accident attorneys will seek all avenues of compensation to ensure that construction accident victims receive compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.
If you have recently been injured in a construction accident and would like to learn more about your right to financial compensation, the experienced attorneys at Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC are here to help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case with a construction accident attorney.