Working in a loud and dirty environment can have a devastating effect on the human body, particularly sensitive organs such as the eyes and ears. According to the National Institute of Health, over 2,000 workers receive eye treatment each day and an additional two million work in dangerous noise level environments. It is no surprise then that vision and hearing loss are some of the most frequently sustained workplace injuries.
According to OSHA, 70% of accidents dealing with vision loss are the result of falling or flying objects hitting the eye and of those objects 60% were smaller than a pinhead. Chemical exposure, harmful radiation from extremely bright lights such as those emitted from welding can also be detrimental to a worker’s vision ability. Without proper eye protection, even the very most commonplace job tasks such as sawing or sanding can leave a worker with lifelong vision loss.
In addition to vision loss, hearing loss is also a highly common workplace injury. Hearing loss or damage injuries are typical in the manufacturing industry as heavy machinery and vehicles create excessive noise levels. Annually, there are over 20,000 cases of workplace hearing loss which make up 15% of all workplace injuries annually. Of course, there are rules and regulations set in place to prevent workers from sustaining hearing damage, unfortunately they are routinely violated and ignored at the expense of the worker.
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Vision and hearing workplace injuries are a serious matter that require experienced physicians and attorneys to guide you through the whole process ensuring that you recover fully and are compensated the fullest amount you are eligible. Kalo & Verheul has helped countless workers through this process, fighting tooth and nail to ensure their clients receive the best possible recovery. Our firm is close knit and personal and we pride ourselves in having a winning record and a reputation for excellent communication. There is always someone ready to take your call at, and we are always ready to hear your position. Contact us today and see why Kalo & Verheul are one of top workers compensation law firms in Southwest Florida.