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Everything You Need to Know About Corneal Flash Burns

Published in Burn Injury on April 5, 2023

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A corneal flash burn is overexposure of light in the corneas of your eyes. The cornea is a thin layer of clear tissue that filters light into your eyes. Overexposure can come from various sources, including welding or other jobs involving high levels of ultraviolet light. The extended exposure can burn through the cornea, causing temporary blindness, inflammation, and the possibility of other serious, long-term side effects.

When navigating an injury due to the negligence of another, like your workplace, it is vital you reach out to a dedicated and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. With over 45 years of experience, Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers has successfully helped many clients receive access to the compensation they need to resume a healthy and productive life. To learn more and speak with an actual attorney today, please use our contact form or call 617-391-9001.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Corneal Flash Burns?

When operating out in the world, you are owed a duty of care from property owners, your peers, and your employer. This duty is there to protect people from harm and potential injury. When this duty is breached, the reckless party is at risk of being held liable for their negligence. When handling corneal flash burns, two main parties are possibly at fault:

Your Employer

If the burns directly result from a work-based activity, you may receive damages for your injuries. For example, if you are welding, your employer must ensure you have all the safety equipment you need to conduct your job safely.

You should have adequate training and access to a proper face shield or protective eyewear. If not, you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer.


Corneal flash burns do not have to result from a work-related injury; in that case, a third party may be liable for your injuries. As long as an expected level of care was breached and directly resulted in your injuries, you have a case and can legally file a claim for damages.

Corneal flash burns are not limited to overexposure to ultraviolet light but can also come from exposure to toxic chemicals or vapors.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

When you are navigating the aftermath of an injury due to somebody else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help with the following:

Massachusetts currently has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, so it’s pertinent you reach out to an attorney and begin the process as soon as possible.

Consult With Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers About Your Case Today

Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you achieve the results you are looking for and has the track record to prove it. Our goal is to let you rest easy and focus on recovery while we handle the hard part. Our team is fully equipped to handle even the toughest of personal injury cases. J. Tucker Merrigan, a co-managing partner of Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, has devoted his professional career to the well-being of the Boston, Massachusetts community. Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for four years in a row, you can rest assured your case is in good hands.

To get the ball rolling and start the process today, please give us a call at 617-391-9001 or fill out our contact form.

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