Workplace Accident: Are Eye Injuries Common?

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 12:00pm by

Recently, a New Jersey railway worker who sustained serious eye injuries at work was awarded $3.75 million following a lawsuit.

According to, the victim was working for Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp. as a trackman in a railway tunnel when an object struck him in the eye in 2011. He reportedly suffered massive injuries to his eye, which required multiple medical procedures including the suturing of his right iris.

The victim filed a personal injury lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey under the Federal Employers Liability Act following the incident. He claimed that the Port Authority failed “to implement procedures necessary to minimize the risk of injury during the pin spike pulling process.”

Having an Eye Injury Investigated by Our Atlantic City Workplace Accident Attorney

Last year, we read an interesting story from an optometrist who claimed in the Upper Rogue Independent that about 2.5 million eye injury accidents occur each year in the U.S., with about 50,000 resulting in some degree of permanent vision loss.

Of the eye injuries that occur in workplaces, about 70 percent involve flying objects striking a victim’s eye. Additionally, about 20 percent involve chemical exposure. This is why employers are supposed to take eye safety seriously by providing protective goggles if there is a possibility for an accident.

As this case shows, when an employee sustains an injury on the job, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation and/or possibly damages from an employer if negligence was involved. Speak to our experienced Atlantic City injury attorney about your legal rights following a workplace accident.

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Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys



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