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Eye Injury and Loss of Vision
Injuries to the eye are often extremely painful, and when an eye injury results in a loss of vision, it can be completely life-altering. If you suffer an eye injury or loss of vision in the course of your job duties, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Recovering from your eye injury may seem challenging. While no amount of money can truly compensate for a devastating eye injury or loss of vision, workers’ compensation benefits can help alleviate some of the financial burden caused by your injury. It is in your best interest to obtain the assistance of a knowledgeable Riverside and San Bernardino County eye injury lawyer to help you recover the full amount of permanent or temporary benefits that you are owed following your eye injury. The attorneys at Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. tirelessly advocate on behalf of injured workers. We have a primary office in Orange County and a secondary office in Riverside County.Standard for Evaluating Eye Injuries
While eye injuries in the workplace are relatively rare, when they do occur, they are often devastating. In order to be properly compensated for your eye injury, it is essential that your attorney provide the physician assessing your injury for workers’ compensation purposes with guidance as to what should be evaluated. Under California workers’ compensation law, a physician evaluating an eye injury or vision loss must not only determine the cause of the injury but also define the cause of the injured worker’s disability. These are two separate and distinct issues and must be accurately assessed to ensure that your injuries are properly valued.
Similarly, if you are permanently disabled, the examining physician must also rate your whole person impairment. Due to the fact that vision is comprised of sight in both eyes, properly evaluating a permanent disability due to an eye injury is complicated. As a result, it is very important to retain an eye injury attorney in Riverside and San Bernardino County who is experienced in pursuing workers’ compensation benefits for people who have sustained eye injuries in the workplace to ensure that the proper legal standards are applied in evaluating your injury.Benefits Recoverable
Your employer may be obligated to provide benefits to cover the cost of any past and future medical treatment, including surgery, prescriptions, and adaptive devices. If you are unable to work, either temporarily or permanently, you may be entitled to disability benefits as well. After your disability is determined to be permanent or temporary, it is classified as either total or partial. Permanent disability benefits are calculated based on your wages at the time of your injury and the severity of your injury. In addition to permanent disability benefits, if you are unable to return to your prior position due to your injury, you may also be entitled to supplemental job displacement benefits, which are benefits that assist you in obtaining skills or training for alternative employment. It can be overwhelming to try to determine which benefits you are owed following your injury. As a result, if you have suffered a workplace eye injury, you should retain a skilled Riverside and San Bernardino County eye injury attorney to assist you in your recovery of benefits and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of benefits to which you may be entitled.Meet With a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
The attorneys at Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. have vast experience in assisting injured workers, and we are eager to help injured workers recover workers’ compensation benefits following a workplace eye injury or another type of injury, such as a closed head injury. We have an office in Orange County and a second office in Riverside County, and we represent injured workers in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Irvine, Moreno Valley, Corona, Temecula, El Centro, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, and San Diego. We assist workers in other cities across Orange, Riverside, Imperial, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties as well. We carefully explore options and aggressively assert our clients’ rights. Contact us at (888) 883-6588 or via our online form to set up a consultation with an eye injury lawyer in the Riverside and San Bernardino County area.