A serious accident may have severe medical consequences including loss of vision. Loss of sight may vary in severity from person to person. It may be a temporary condition or it could be a permanent disability. Also, loss of sight could be partial or complete. Complete loss of vision is called blindness. When an accident causes vision loss it is a devastating injury that changes a person’s life. If you have suffered loss of vision due to an accident that was not your fault you may be entitled to compensation. There are many accidents that could cause partial or complete blindness.
Accidents That Could Cause Loss of Sight
Many types of serious accidents could lead to injuries including loss of sight. Some of the most common reasons for eyesight problems include head trauma, sharp objects, and particles in the eye, bright lights, chemicals, and electric shock. Automobile accidents are one of the many causes of loss of vision. Immediate treatment of eye injuries is essential to proper recovery. Sometimes the vision can be saved with immediate treatment. Some eye injuries require surgery. Eye surgery is a specialized form of medical treatment and is performed by a specialist.
Vision loss may be caused by trauma such as a serious head injury. Eyesight may be reduced or limited because of loss of function in the brain or because of damage to the optic nerves. If the damage is caused by optic nerve injury it may be possible to restore some or all vision with surgery. When the problem is due to a brain injury recovery is not always possible. Eye injuries are usually quite traumatic and may require ongoing care and treatment. If the patient suffers blindness in one or both eyes he will face a multitude of adjustments which may last a lifetime. Indeed, vision loss is a catastrophic personal injury.
When an accident is the cause of serious loss of vision the victim may be entitled to damages. In order to bring a successful lawsuit negligence and liability must be proven. In the case of a car accident, for example, the other motorist must generally be to blame for the accident and the driver’s actions were negligent. Negligent behavior consists of actions, or lack of actions, that a typical person would likely demonstrate in a similar situation. Damages may consist of medical costs, lost wages, and future medical and rehabilitation expenses. Additionally, in the case of vision loss, the victim may collect money for loss of enjoyment of life and for pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Vision Loss Cases
If you or a loved one has suffered vision impairment or blindness as the result of the negligence of another, you should take steps to recover damages. It is best to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. You may be contacted directly by the insurance company with a settlement. Do not quickly accept any offer or cash a check until you talk with your lawyer. Very often, the settlement they offer is well below what you will require to cover your current and future expenses. An experienced attorney will examine your case and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive what you are entitled to. Contact the qualified attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP to discuss your case.