Long Island Loss of Sight Injury
There are few injuries that can devastate a person more than a sudden injury that results in blindness. Losing your vision will seriously impact your entire life. Everything from your job, your interactions with friends and family, your ability to complete activities of daily living, and your overall sense of well-being will be adversely affected when you experience a loss of sight injury. This tragic injury can be the result of a number of incidents, but most commonly it is the result of a serious head injury caused by a violent accident, such as a car accident, truck accident or a slip and fall accident. Additionally, a loss of sight injury can just as easily be the result of a construction accident or other workplace mishap, which may mean that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If you or a loved one have been in any type of accident that resulted in eye injury or blindness, it is vital that you immediately consult with an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer who will review your case and explain to you the process for pursuing compensation for your losses.Causes of vision loss
While people can lose their vision from an illness, because of genetic condition, or from aging, vision loss can also be caused by a traumatic event such as blow to the head, face, or directly in the eye.
Car accidents are result in a vision loss. Victims frequently suffer trauma to the head in car accidents when the head is thrown against the dash board, windshield, or steering wheel. In other cased victims are ejected from the car and land on the head. The result of such head trauma could be a concussion, hearing loss, or blindness.
Blindness can also happen in a workplace accident, particularly in an accident at a construction site. Common reasons for eye injuries at construction sites include eye being punctured by large objects such as nails. Small particles can also cause significant damage to the eyes such as metal fillings, sand, sawdust, glass shards, concrete dust, and paint chips. If federal and local safety regulations are not followed such as the requirement of wearing eye protection, the accidents can happen resulting in a victim suffering permanent damage to the eye.
Another common cause of eye injuries are intentional assaults. Victims of criminal assaults who are thrown to the ground, hit in the head with heavy objects, punched in the head, or shot or stabbed in the head or eye may end up losing the ability to see.Pursuing damages
A significant loss of vision can have a significant impact on your personal and professional life. It can also have a devastating effect on your finances. If your vision loss was caused in an accident that was caused by another person’s carelessness, than you have the right to demand that person pay you for your losses. Compensable losses include:
- Bills from your doctor
- Emergency room
- Inpatient treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages
- Loss of self-employment income
- Loss of future earning capacity
Compensation for a loss of sign injury may be available through a personal injury claim, or through workers’ compensation.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.