Suffering from vision impairment can affect your life in many ways. Depending how great your vision loss is, there are activities you may no longer be able to participate in that you’ve always done before the vision loss. When your vision impairment is a result of a work related accident or long-term exposure to events at work that caused vision loss, you need to recover from the loss of compensation this injury will cause you. Workers’ compensation provides benefits for vision impairment caused by work related accidents or exposure. Additionally, some vision loss accidents may be covered under Social Security Disability, too.
Potential Causes for Work Related Vision Loss
There are a variety of situations in the workplace which can result in vision loss, including:
- long term exposure to light
- chemicals getting into eyes
- facial disfigurement from a workplace accident which also reduces vision
- scar tissue from workplace accidents which results in loss of vision or full blindness
How to Submit a Vision Loss Workers’ Compensation Claim
As with most Workers’ Comp claims, you will need a doctor’s opinion of what caused your vision loss and the severity of the injury in order to obtain workers’ comp benefits. A workers’ comp attorney can help you get medical treatment and clarify the doctor’s opinion to ensure that the severity of your vision loss injury is documented appropriately.
How Much Will Workers’ Comp Pay for Vision Loss Claims?
The amount of workers’ compensation you can receive while out of work due to a work related vision loss injury depends on what you earned per week during the year leading up to the injury, and the severity of the injury.
The calculation of your average weekly wages is adjusted if you haven’t worked for the employer for a full year, had more than one job in the last year, or were under the age of 25 when the vision loss injury occurred.
The severity of your vision loss will also play a role in how much workers’ compensation benefits you will receive. You will be classified as partially or totally disabled. A total disability means you will be unable to perform any job, whatsoever (not just the job you were injured at); while partial disability means you could do some sort of work even if you are unable to do the same job you were doing when you were injured.
The most workers’ compensation benefits you can receive is 2/3 of your average weekly wage – up to the maximum workers’ compensation rate as of the date the injury occurred. A partially disabled individual may receive less compensation, according to the “degree” of disability.
If you have suffered from vision impairment from an accident at work, you should consult with an expert in worker’s compensation cases. Contact our office today at 866-205-2415 for a free consultation and make sure you are getting what you deserve to continue with your normal quality of life.