Eye injuries and vision loss are common accident injuries. Even a minor eye injury can result in impaired vision. A person who sustains vision loss because of an accident can sustain unimaginable damages as life changes in ways that were unthinkable before the accident.
If an accident caused your eye injury, our California eye injury and vision loss attorney is here to help. Our legal team works diligently to protect your legal rights. You do not have to face this alone. You have someone on your side who can help you.
Let’s talk about some of the things that you need to know about eye injuries in California. In this article, we will discuss:
- Common Causes of Eye Injuries and Vision Loss
- Common Eye Injuries Sustained in Accidents
- Medical Treatment for Eye Injuries
- Who is Responsible for an Eye Injury or Vision Loss?
- Compensation for Vision Loss and Eye Injuries
- Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit for an Eye Injury?
Common Causes of Eye Injuries and Vision Loss
A variety of accidents or incidents can lead to an eye injury or vision loss. Because the eyes are delicate and vulnerable to injury, it does not take a catastrophic accident to result in severe trauma to the eye.
The eye does not need to receive a direct impact to cause injury. Debris from an accident can cause eye injuries. Chemicals and other items released during an accident can also cause injury to the eye.
Common causes of eye injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents and construction accidents
- Dog attacks or animal attacks
- Slips and falls
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Defective airbags
- Medical malpractice, including LASIK malpractice
When a person or party’s negligence or wrongdoing causes an eye injury or vision loss, that party can and should be held liable for those actions. Our California vision loss and eye injury lawyer investigates your accident to determine how the accident occurred and gather evidence proving fault for a personal injury claim.
Common Eye Injuries Sustained in Accidents
The types of eye injuries sustained in personal injury accidents vary from mild injuries to complete vision loss. Some of the most common eye injuries victims experience after an accident include:
- Intense and debilitating sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Partial or complete blindness
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Hyphema (torn pupil or iris)
- Blurred vision
- Optic nerve damage
- Reduced vision at night or in dark conditions
- Orbital fractures
- Headaches and pain
- Macular puckers (scar tissue forming in the center of the retina)
- Seeing shadows
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Corneal lacerations
In many cases, vision loss after an accident cannot be reversed. Accident victims should seek immediate medical treatment for eye injuries. Extensive and immediate medical treatment for eye injuries can help reduce the risk that you could lose your eyesight because of an accident.
Medical Treatment for Eye Injuries
Medical treatment for eye injuries depends on the type of eye injury and the severity of the injury. For some eye injuries, your physician may refer you to an eye specialist, including an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
The most serious eye injuries may require invasive eye surgery to treat the injury. Eye surgery is usually performed to correct damage from an accident in an attempt to prevent vision loss.
Other forms of treatment for eye injuries may include:
- Wearing eye patches
- Topical and oral medications
- Eye-strengthening exercises
- Prescription corrective lenses
Occupational therapy cannot restore eyesight after an accident. However, individuals who experience vision loss because of an accident often require therapy to help adjust to the loss of vision. Counseling and therapy can also help with the emotional and mental trauma caused by an eye injury and vision loss.
Who is Responsible for an Eye Injury or Vision Loss?
The person or party responsible for the accident or incident can be held liable for damages caused by eye injuries. The liable parties depend on the type of accident that caused an eye injury. Common defendants in eye injury lawsuits include:
- Traffic Accidents – Motorists, government agencies, road construction companies, car manufacturers, trucking companies, and rideshare companies/drivers.
- Slip and Fall Accidents – Property owners, landlords, tenants, government entities, businesses, and leasing companies.
- Defective Products – Manufacturers, distributors, sellers, designers, and distributors.
- Workplace Accidents – Employers, construction companies, contractors, manufacturers, and other third parties.
- Animal Attacks – Dog owners, property managers, landlords, tenants, and business owners.
- Medical Malpractice – Doctors, nurses, surgeons, medical facilities, and other medical providers.
A comprehensive accident investigation must be conducted as soon as possible to gather and preserve evidence of fault. You cannot recover compensation from the negligent or reckless party unless you can prove that party was responsible for causing the accident or incident that resulted in your vision loss or eye injury.
Compensation for Vision Loss and Eye Injuries
The compensation available for accident victims for eye injuries and vision loss depends on numerous factors. Proving liability is key. However, the type and severity of the eye injury are also factors in the compensation available for an eye injury claim. The financial losses and whether you sustained permanent impairments or blindness also impact the value of an eye injury claim.
Common damages included in California eye injury claims include:
- Emergency room visits and ambulance costs
- Physician and medical bills
- Surgery, rehabilitation, and therapy costs
- Medical equipment and medications
- Loss of income and reduced earning potential
- Modifications to homes because of permanent disability and impairment
- Blindness or partial vision loss
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life and enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
Documenting damages is an important step in the personal injury claims process. We understand that you are focused on your recovery and learning to live with a new “normal” because of vision loss.
Our legal team works with you and your doctor to document damages to increase the chance of receiving maximum compensation. We provide support and guidance so that you are not doing this alone.
Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit for an Eye Injury?
A monetary judgment against the party who caused your eye injury will not restore your vision or undo the changes to your life. However, compensation for an eye injury claim can pay for medical treatment, counseling, and therapy. It can reimburse you for financial losses and loss of income, which can provide for you and your family’s needs and living expenses.
When an eye injury prevents you from returning to work, your ability to provide for yourself and your family can be severely impaired. The inability to work threatens your future and your security. A personal injury claim can help provide funds that give you and your family hope for the future.
The Lawyers of The Thompson Law Office Will Fight to Protect Your Legal Rights
If you sustained an eye injury or vision loss because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, we want to help you hold that party liable for your injuries and damages. Our California eye injury and vision loss attorneys aggressively pursue injury claims.
Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a California eye injury attorney. Call 1-650-513-6111 now to learn how we can help you after an accident that causes vision loss or eye injuries.