When you were working, you were often around harsh and caustic chemicals. You were always cautious, but that didn’t prevent your injuries from taking place. As you put away some of the cleaning supplies you were using, the shelving unit collapsed.
Several bottles of different chemicals spilled out. Some got into your eyes. You hurried to wash them out, but the incident ended up leaving you mostly blind in one eye and with moderate vision in the other.
As someone with new blindness, your vision loss could help you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD). People who are blind, either totally, partially or legally, may be able to qualify as long as the injury is severe enough to prevent them from working and bringing in an income to support themselves.
You may be able to get SSD benefits if you can show that your vision is unable to be corrected better than 20/200 in your better eye. If you can show that your visual field is 20 degrees or less in the better eye and will stay in this condition for at least a year, then this may also help you qualify for the support you’re looking for.
What happens if I don’t qualify for support based on the above requirements?
If you don’t meet those requirements, you may still be able to seek disability benefits if you cannot work because of the vision loss or your vision loss as well as other health problems.
Vision loss can be difficult to deal with. If you’re struggling with getting disability benefits, your attorney may be able to help you fight for the compensation you need.