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Fogged eyewear could put Louisiana workers in jeopardy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 2,000 eye injuries suffered each day by workers. That translates to just over one injury per minute, and they account for roughly one-quarter of all head injuries. Of those who suffer an injury to the eye, 10 to 20 percent will suffer either temporary or permanent vision impairment.

The cost to employers can be significant as well. It takes about two days on average for an employee to come back to work after an eye injury, and overall economic losses can climb as high as $4 billion annually. According to Prevent Blindness America, 90 percent of these injuries could be prevented with proper eye wear. However, many workers do not wear eye wear given to them because of the tendency of protective eye equipment to fog up.

A recent study revealed that 28 percent of workers say that fogged eye equipment led to an injury. Furthermore, 66 percent said that potential fogging issues were a reason not to wear safety goggles. When a worker wears safety equipment that fogs up, the eye wear either gets taken off or it leaves that worker with impaired vision. These are both scenarios that can lead to significant injury or increase the risk of injury to a worker.

Those who suffer workplace injury may be entitled to file a claim for benefits under their employer's workers' compensation insurance policy. These benefits can include the provision of medical care and treatment as well as a percentage of wages lost if the injured victim is unable to return to work for an extended period. Many in this position choose to obtain the assistance of an attorney during the process of preparing and filing a claim.

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