Mississippi Eye Injury & Loss of Vision Lawyer
Eye injuries and vision loss can affect workers in a wide variety of industries, including construction work, carpentry, welding, custodian work and cleaning, and health care. If you suffered an eye injury, you may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim or pursuing other paths for compensation. Contact our experienced Mississippi eye injury & loss of vision lawyer today for more information.
Accidents That Cause Eye Injuries and Loss of Vision in Mississippi
Eye injuries and vision loss can result from many different types of workplace accidents and exposures. According to the National institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), eye injuries and serious diseases can result from any of the following:
- Striking or scraping, meaning that smaller particles from objects strike or scrape a person’s eye, often including dust, cement pieces, slivers of metal, or wood chips;
- Penetrating injuries, meaning that an object like a nail, staple, or piece of wood or metal penetrates a worker’s eye;
- Eye burns caused by exposure to chemicals that may include cleaning products, or thermal burns that tend to affect welders; and
- Eye diseases caused by exposure to contaminated substances in health care settings, such as blood or saliva.
Seeking Compensation for Mississippi Eye Injuries and Loss of Vision
The Mississippi workers’ compensation system allows workers to seek compensation for eye injuries or loss of vision on the job, as long as the injury arose out of your employment. In order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits following an eye injury or vision loss, you will need to report the injury or diagnosis to your employer within 30 days, and you will need to file your workers’ compensation claim within two years. In addition to being eligible for medical benefits and wage loss benefits, you also may be eligible to receive disability compensation for the temporary or permanent partial or total loss of vision.
In some cases, rather than filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may need to file a lawsuit under FELA or another federal law. In general, these laws apply to workers who perform the majority of their job-related tasks on ships or vessels, on docks or at harbors, or on railroads.
When a third party is responsible for causing an eye injury or vision loss, it may be possible for an injured worker to file a workers’ compensation claim and to file a lawsuit against a negligent third party. You should have an eye injury lawyer in Mississippi assess your case to determine whether you could be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Contact Lunsford Baskin & Prieve, PLLC Today
Suffering an eye injury or experiencing loss of vision due to an accident at work or exposure to a harmful substance on the job can be devastating. To find out more about your ability to obtain compensation, you should get in touch with an attorney who can help you. Contact our experienced Mississippi eye injury and loss of vision lawyer to find out more about eye injury cases and loss of vision claims.