Worker’s Compensation Attorney for Eye Injury in Pennsylvania

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Date: February 3, 2023

If you suffer a work injury that results in the loss of an eye or loss of vision, the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act allows financial recovery for such injury. “Loss” of vision is determined by assessing the injured worker’s eyesight without the use of corrective lenses. Where the eye is injured but not destroyed, the issue is whether the eye was lost for all practical intents and purposes, i.e. where the injured eye does not contribute materially to the claimant’s vision in conjunction with the uninjured eye. To establish this, the claimant bears the burden of proof to present expert medical testimony in support of the claim. Under Section 306(c) of the Act, benefits for the loss of an eye are payable for 275 weeks plus a 10-week healing period.

Types of workplace accidents that can cause vision loss

Injured workers do not need to prove their lost eyesight was due to negligence or carelessness by the employer or by a failure to follow safety rules. If the loss of sight was due to a workplace accident, then the employee should be entitled to benefits. Some of the ways eye accidents happen at work include:

  • Being struck with some object, such as glass shards, wood splinters, nails from a nail gun, or any small object
  • A traumatic brain injury
  • Exposure to tiny amounts of silica or sawdust
  • Ultraviolet or other types of radiation
  • Exposure to lasers or excessive light
  • An explosion of any type of product
  • Chemical burns and spills

What should I do if I Injured my Eye at Work?

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at tcummings@dlplaw.com or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.