New York City Blindness Injury

Suddenly losing the ability to see is life-changing. Every aspect of your life will be affected including your family relationships, your career, and your ability to go about everyday activities of life. While medical conditions such as glaucoma and diabetes can lead to blindness, frequently a traumatic injury to the head in a vehicle accident or fall can lead to blindness. In most cases where the blindness was caused by an accident, the accident was preventable by negligence. If you lost your vision because of the negligent behavior of another person, contact an experienced New York City blindness injury lawyer who will help you pursue a claim against the negligent person for your medical expenses and other losses.

Common causes of loss of sight

While blindness can be caused by an illness, it can also be caused by trauma to the head, face, or eyes in an accident caused by negligence. For example, trauma to the head can cause retinal detachment. If the retina is not quickly reattached, the result is likely permanent blindness. Head trauma can also lead to pressure on the optic nerve. If damage to the nerve is severe, the result can be blindness.

Accidents that commonly result in head trauma include construction accidents, explosions, slip and fall accidents, car accidents, SUV rollover accidents, recreational sports accidents, and acts of violence such as criminal assaults.

Hypotheticals

Jennifer and a few friends spent an afternoon relaxing on Beth’s deck. As Jennifer walked across the deck to enter the house, she slipped on a wet spot on the deck. Jennifer fell against the screen door and her eye hit the door handle. Jennifer immediately knew she had a serious eye injury. Jennifer learned that she had a ruptured orbital globe, resulting in permanent damage to her vision. Jennifer was concerned about her medical bills and how the injury would affect her career. To learn her legal options Jennifer contacted a blindness injury lawyer in New York City.

John was walking across the street when a car driven by Aaron sped through the red light, striking John. John was push into the air and he landed head first on the windshield of the car. Johns suffered serious injuries to his head, face, and neck. When his head slammed into the windshield shards of glassed entered his eye. As a result of the serious injuries to his eye, John’s completely lost vision in his right eye. John remained in the hospital for nearly 2 weeks for treatment of his eye, as well as his head and neck injuries. He later learned that Aaron was arrested for DWI. John contacted an attorney for guidance as to how to proceed with a claim against Aaron.

Damages for a blindness injury

Whether it is because of negligence, recklessness, or because someone hurt you intentionally, under New York law if you are seriously injured by another person you have the right to demand that that person compensate you for your losses. In the case of an injury that causes you to lose your ability to see, the compensable losses are your medical expenses, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering.

  • Medical expenses: Ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgery, doctors, specialists, lab work diagnostic tests, medication, psychological therapy, outpatient treatment, medical equipment, assistive technology, service dog, cane, magnifiers and other equipment. You can demand compensation for past medical bills and future medical bills.
  • Lost wages: Lost weekly, biweekly, or monthly paychecks, bonuses, promotions, vacation time, sick days, comp time, medical benefits, insurance, other lost benefits, self-employment income, and loss of future earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering. This includes compensation for both physical pain and psychological suffering from an injury, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

A personal injury lawsuit is not the only potential source of compensation for your blindness injury. If you were injured at work, you have the right to workers’ compensation benefits. While workers’ compensation does not allow recovery for pain and suffering, it does offer medical care and cash compensation to replace a portion of wages lost.

Injuries that affect your ability to see often mean that you will not be able to return to work, regardless of the type of job you performed prior to the accident. In such cases Social Security disability benefits may be available to you. Keep in mind that the application process of Social Security benefits is complicated and deserving victims are often denied. Thus, it is a good to work with someone with experience to ensure your application has the best chance of being approved.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were injured in an accident that left you blind, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues related to vision loss. The blindness injury attorneys serving New York City at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have significant experience representing victims who suffered catastrophic injuries such as loss of vision in car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, construction accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Contact our staff 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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