Nassau County Loss of Sight Injury
An injury that caused you to lose a significant portion of your ability to see is one of the most difficult injuries to face. Losing all or a portion of your vision affects practically every facet of your life including your ability to perform everyday activities of living, your job, and your interactions with friends and family members. Blindness can because by an injury directly to the eye, or by an injury to the head. Accidents that lead to blindness including car accidents, construction accidents, and falls. If you feel that you need to speak to a personal injury attorney because you believe another person’s negligence caused you to lose all or a portion of your vision, you should immediately contact an experienced Nassau County personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation that will help pay for your medical expenses, cover our lost wages, and compensate you for other losses you experienced as a result of the accident.Causes of vision loss
According to the American Foundation for the Blind the standard for legal blindness is whether a person’s corrected vision is less than 20/200 corrected. If it is, the person is legally blind. Legal blindness can be caused by illness. Some people are born blind or overtime become blind because of a genetic disorder. In other cases a people lose their ability to see because of a tragic accident.
- Chemical burn. If a dangerous chemical splashes into the victim’s eye, the damage can lead to a permanent loss of vision. OSHA requires workers to wear protective eyewear to prevent eye damage from chemical splashes. One of the most common causes of workplace injuries that result in vision loss is a chemical splash.
- Sharp object. If the eye is pierced by a sharp object, the result could also lead to loss of vision.
- Medical malpractice. If a medical professional makes an error while treating a patient such as during eye surgery, the result can be damage to the eye.
- Head injury. If the victim hits his or her head in a fall, or is hit in the head during an assault, the result could be retinal detachment leading to impaired vision.
- Bright light. Chemicals are not the only cause of burns to the eye, burns can also be caused by either ultraviolet light or other type of extremely bright light.
If an accident caused you to suffer partial or complete blindness, you will undoubtedly incur considerable medical expenses including bills from hospital treatment, surgery, visits to specialists, medication, and medical equipment. By filing a personal injury claim you may be able to hold the negligent person legally accountable and demand that the negligent person compensate you.
The defendant may be ordered to pay you damages for your medical expenses, your lost wages and pain and suffering.
- Medical expenses. Ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgeon, ophthalmologist, medication, lab tests, therapy, medical equipment, and psychological counseling.
- Lost wages. Regular weekly or monthly wages, missed bonuses and promotions, and lost benefits.
- Loss of future earning capacity. This refers to the difference between the money you are able to earn after the accident and the money you would have been able to earn had you not experienced a loss of sight.
- Pain and suffering. Physical pain and emotional suffering. If you suffered a permanent loss of significant amount of your vision you have a good chance of receiving a pain and suffering award.
If the injury that resulted in you blindness occur in the course of work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It is important to understand that even if you are entitled to workers’ compensation, you may also be entitled to other compensation. An experienced attorney will explore all potential avenues of compensation.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you were injured at work and as a result cannot see as well as before, you may be awarded compensation. However, 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.