Hearing and vision injuries
We can help with your workers' compensation claim
Many workers suffer hearing and vision injuries at the workplace, and sometimes the effects are irreversible. These injuries can affect how they live and their ability to work. The Lourie Law Firm helps protect the rights of injured workers. Our experienced hearing and vision lawyers can help prove their claim and get the workers' compensation benefits they deserve.
Workers can suffer hearing loss after being exposed to extremely loud noise. It could be a onetime event, such as an explosion. Or it could be the result of years of exposure to loud noises, such as machinery at the workplace. In some cases, a worker could suffer hearing loss when a foreign object punctures the eardrum.
Employees who work in industries where there is loud noise present or the potential for explosions are at risk of hearing loss. These industries include construction, firefighting, airlines and manufacturing. But, it can happen at any workplace.
Workers can suffer a vision injury in a number of ways. Eye damage can result from:
- Debris-Metal shavings, wood splinters, shards of glass or other materials can be projected during the job and get caught in a worker's eye
- Work tools-A worker can slip and suffer eye damage from a staple, nail, wire, saw blade or other tool he or she is using.
- Prolonged exposure to extremely bright light-Working day after day at a workplace where an employee is located close to a sun lamp, fluorescent light or laser can cause eyestrain, migraines, fatigue, dizziness and nausea.
- Blunt force trauma-Eye damage can occur if a worker slips and falls on his or head, is involved in a motor vehicle accident or is hit on the head by a falling object.
- Chemical exposure-Toxic chemicals that splash into a worker's eye can cause serious damage.
- Prolonged exposure to computer screens-Workers who spend too many hours staring at a computer can suffer migraines, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and blurred vision.
Experienced and knowledgeable workers' compensation attorneys
In South Carolina, workers have 90 days to report a workplace injury to employers, and up to 2 years to file a claim for benefits. After filing a claim, they are required to see a doctor chosen by the employer (or insurance carrier). But employers and insurance carriers may challenge whether the injury occurred at the workplace.
It can be difficult to prove that a hearing or vision injury was related to your job. That's when you need an experienced lawyer who can gather the evidence you need to support your workers' compensation claim. Our legal team knows how to find that evidence and will consult with experts as needed.
Our attorneys can help you with your claim each step of the way. From filing the correct paperwork and meeting key deadlines to fighting your case in appeals and hearings, we will be in your corner. We know the workers' compensation laws in South Carolina inside and out, and put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
The Lourie Law Firm fights aggressively for the rights of workers. If you have suffered a hearing or vision injury at work, we can explain your options during a free consultation. Contact us to set up an appointment.