Brooklyn Loss of Sight Injury

The loss of sight may well be one of the most difficult injuries one can endure. Partial or complete blindness impacts every facet of your life, including your career, your enjoyment of life and your relationships with friends and family. These injuries can result from a traumatic head injury from an automobile accident, a slip and fall accident, a bike accident, a motorcycle accident, or a construction accident can cause blindness. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have an eye injury that has impaired your vision it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer. You should do so quickly as there are time limits that you must follow when you file a personal injury claim. You may be entitled to just compensation for your injuries. This may include reimbursement for medical expenses both present and future, loss of income, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.

Causes of vision loss

A person who has less than 20/200 corrected vision is considered legally blind. Vision loss can result from many different types of injuries. While some may be the result of a disease or are genetic in nature, there are injuries that occur due to the negligence of another. A sharp object in the eye, a chemical splash in the workplace, or perhaps medically negligent Lasik surgery are just a few incidents where blindness can occur. There are six types of eye injuries that can cause loss of sight injuries: lacerations, abrasions, oculomotor injuries, retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma. Some of these injuries may heal over time and the victim may regain some or all of the eyesight, as with a corneal abrasion. Others are more serious and cause permanent blindness.

For example, Ed was working on a construction crew renovating a condo building. A co-worker accident shot Ed in the eye with a nail gun. Ed lost permanently lost vision in that eye.

Loss of sight can result from a blow to the head can causing retinal detachment. Surgery must be performed to reattach the retina or complete blindness can result. Burns to the eye are somewhat common, by either ultraviolet light or other type of extremely bright light. There is no modality to heal an eye if it has been burned. Cataract, glaucoma and oculomotor injuries are often seen in a workplace setting, which may give rise to a worker’s compensation claim. While most think of glaucoma or cataract as a disease, it can be from a traumatic injury as well.

Pursuing damages

If an accident causes you to lose your ability to hear, you will incur significant medical expenses from medical treatment and assistive technology. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to hold the person's whose negligence resulted in your injury legally accountable. Depending on the facts of your case, the type of compensation that you may entitled to includes expenses related to medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Medical expenses include your past and future medical expenses that are related to treatment for your injury. For example, medical expenses would include emergency room treatment, hospital stay, doctors' fees, medication, rehabilitative services, and assistive technology.

If you lose your sight there is a good chance that you will not be able to go back to the job you had prior to the accident. This means that you will be entitled not only to compensation for the wages you lost while recovering. You will also be entitled to compensation for loss of earning potential as you will likely have a difficult time earning as much as you would have if did not lose your vision.

In addition, you may be able to collect damages for pain and suffering. Compensation for pain and suffering is reserved for those injuries that are severe enough to cause the victim extreme physical pain, or that cause the victim to suffer psychologically and emotionally. Loss of sight is an example of a permanent injury that would be considered so life-altering that an award for pain and suffering would be appropriate.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

A personal injury lawsuit can be complex, relying not only on complicated evidentiary issues related to the accident, but on an understanding of the medical issues. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in successfully representing clients in personal injury lawsuits who have suffered serious injuries including loss of sight. We understand both the legal and medical issues involved. Whether your injury occurred in a construction accident, auto accident, slip and fall accident, or any other type of accident, contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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