Eye Injuries and SSDI: What Do I Need to Know?

Did you know that October is Eye Injury Prevention Month, as observed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)?

According to the AAO, protective eyewear at work or home could potentially prevent 90 percent of all eye injuries. Sadly, each day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that about 2000 American workers suffer eye injuries that require medical treatment. In some circumstances, these injuries result in lost workdays or long-term disabilities.

Common injury accidents include metal slivers, wood chips, dust, and cement chips that are ejected by tools into a victim’s eye. Additionally, some people suffer chemical or radiation burns to their eyes on-the-job. To read the CDC report about eye injuries suffered by American workers, you can click here.

Interestingly, according to the AAO, outside of work, many eye injury incidents occur at home. The group estimates that about 44 percent of all eye injuries occur because of tasks like repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking.

If you are on the job or working at home around objects or chemicals that could harm your eyes, make sure that you wear protective eyewear. If you have suffered an eye injury, the AAO has a guide about recognition and treatment.

Talk to Our Tulsa SSDI Lawyers if an Eye Injury Has Left You Unable to Work

If you have suffered an eye injury and are unable to work, speak to our Tulsa attorneys about collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

The Social Security Administration has listings for people who have suffered eye injuries that have left them blind or with permanent vision loss. In most cases, the SSA considers someone blind if his or her vision is 20/200 or worse and eligibility considerations made based on whether a person’s vision problems affect both eyes.

If you have questions about SSDI eligibility or about whether you can collect workers’ compensation benefits at the same time, speak to our Tulsa Social Security lawyers by calling (918) 587-0050. We can determine how to you can move forward with an SSDI claim.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

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