South Carolina Workers’ Compensation for Eye Injuries

Are you being taken advantage of after your eye injury at work? We’re on your side.

When something as precious as your sight is damaged or at risk after an on-the-job injury in South Carolina, don’t leave things to chance. The help of an experienced attorney can significantly increase your odds of success.

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South Carolina Workers’ Compensation for Eye Injuries

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Eye injuries at work can range from temporary impairment to permanent impairment. While permanent vision loss can be devastating and life-changing, even a “minor” eye injury can lead to a significant loss of wages due to time away from work or disqualification from a higher-paying position that may require better vision. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.

Industrial worker operating machine while wearing goggles to avoid potential eye injuries.

In most cases in South Carolina, your employer is required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance. This coverage provides you with medical care and a level of financial protection if you are injured at work.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our team understands the importance of your workers’ compensation claim. We aggressively pursue the medical care and financial compensation our clients may deserve. Call 1-866-900-7078 today for a free case evaluation.

What South Carolina Workers’ Comp Benefits Can I Get for an Eye Injury?

If you received an eye injury at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the following harms and losses related to your eye injury:

  • Medical treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Payment for your permanent impairment
The loss of both eyes constitutes a total and permanent disability. As far as vision loss, in South Carolina, 80% or greater loss of vision in any eye is deemed “100% industrial blindness,” and the injured worker will generally be compensated for the total loss of vision of that eye.

Learn More:  Am I Getting All My Benefits?

Tip: If your eye injury was caused by a person or entity other than your employer or a co-worker, you may be able to file a third-party claim for additional compensation.

What Are Common Causes of On-The-Job Eye Injuries?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), approximately 2,000 workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment each day. Common causes of eye injuries at work are:

  • Small flying objects – dust, cement chips, metal slivers, and wood splinters
    The majority of eye injuries result from small flying objects (windblown or ejected from tools) striking or scraping the eye.
  • Penetration and impact – nails, staples, and tools that slip or malfunction
    Large objects may strike and penetrate a worker’s eye, or a worker may run into an object, causing trauma to the eye and resulting in loss of vision.
  • Chemicals – splashes and fumes
    Industrial chemicals or cleaning products are common causes of chemical burns to the eyes.
  • Thermal burns – steam, grease, and oil
    Kitchen, industrial, and food manufacturing plant workers are exposed to high heat and substances, which can result in thermal burns to the eyes.
  • Radiationburns – ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation, and lasers
    Burns to the eye that damage workers’ eyes and surrounding tissue often occur, especially among welders.
  • Bloodborne pathogens – from blood and body fluids
    Diseases such as hepatitis A and B or HIV can be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the eye as a result of coughing, blood splashes, and touching of the eye with a contaminated finger.

According to Prevent Blindness America, one in 10 on-the-job eye injuries requires one or more missed workdays of recovery. And ten percent to 10 percent of all work-related eye injuries will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.

1 in 10 on the job eye injuries requires one or more missed workdays of recovery.

If you have suffered an eye injury at work, contact an experienced attorney to discuss how workers’ compensation may apply to your case. Our attorneys will fight hard to try and help you receive the workers’ compensation benefits to which you may be entitled.

What Jobs Are Most at Risk for Eye Injuries?

Eye injures most frequently occur in manufacturing, construction, and mining. High-risk occupations for eye injuries include:

  • Eye protection danger alertConstruction workers
  • Assemblers and fabricators
  • Miners
  • Carpenters
  • Auto repair workers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Welders
  • Maintenance workers
  • Janitors

Contact our South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys After Your Eye Injury

Being hurt on the job is a tough situation, and some eye injuries can be truly life-altering. With so much at stake, it’s important that you consult with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to know that you are getting the benefits to which you may be entitled, especially if your injury has long-term effects.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we understand how to apply the law to workers’ compensation cases, and we fight to try and help our clients receive the maximum benefits they may be entitled to.

Several of the skilled attorneys on our workers’ compensation team used to work defending insurance companies, so they know what you’re up against. Since 1997, our firm has recovered more than $1.8 billion total for more than 65,000 people. And counting.1

We have the talent, experience, and resources to fight for you. Best Lawyers named us to the “Best Law Firms” list with a Tier 1 ranking in workers’ compensation in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.4

Clients we’ve fought for rave about us, too:

Very professional and knowledgeable regarding my workers’ comp case. I will definitely use this law firm for any future legal matters.”

— Antonio T., Greenville, SC review1

If you have sustained an eye injury at work, call 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online today and tell them you mean business.