Queens Blindness Injury
An injury that results in a loss of sight is devastating and life changing. These injuries permeate every aspect of your life including career, home, finances and can seriously affect your psychological well-being. While certain diseases can lead to a loss of sight, a traumatic brain injury can be a cause as well. For example, an auto accident, bicycle accident or a motorcycle accident where you suffer a head injury can ultimately cause you to lose your sight. Accidents at work where you fall, are hit in the head or are exposed to dangerous chemicals can also lead to blindness. In most cases where a loss of sight was caused by an accident, the accident was caused by negligence and was avoidable. If you believe that your loss of sight was caused because another person was negligent, contact an experienced Queens personal injury lawyer who will review the facts of your case and work aggressively to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.Common causes of blindness
There are some cases in which people lose their ability to see because of a genetic issue, because of an illness, or due to age. There are many other cases when blindness occurs because someone acted recklessly, negligently or intentionally.
- Assaults. An intentional blow to the head, face or eye, or a piecing of the eye with a knife or a bullet could lead to a complete or partial loss of sight .
- Bright lights. Eyes can be damaged by extremely bright lights. For example, dangerously bright lights are associated with explosions, lasers, searchlights or defective electrical objects.
- Chemicals. Chemical burns to the eyes can lead to blindness. In industrial setting if proper safety goggles are not worn than an accidental splash of a dangerous substance in the eye can result in permanent blindness.
- Grit. Tiny Foreign objects that enter the eye can cause enough damage to lead to blindness.
- Head trauma. An accidental blow to the head such as commonly occurs in car accidents, bike accidents, construction accidents and falls can lead to blindness.
The best way to pursue compensation from the person who caused your injury is to file a personal injury claim and name that person as the defendant. In your claim there are a number of different types of damages you can demand based on the losses that you suffered:
- Medical expenses: All past and future medical bills related to treating your injury including emergency room treatment, hospital stay, outpatient treatment, surgery, visits to your doctors and specialists, MRIs, counseling, and prescription medications.
- Lost income: This includes compensation for the wages you as well as loss of future earning capacity as a result of the accident and loss of sight. If you are self-employed, you can demand compensation for loss of business revenue since you are able to provide products or services to your customers.
- Pain and suffering: Losing one's sight is a physically, emotionally and psychologically painful experience. Therefore, you can also demand substantial compensation for pain and suffering based on the severity of your injury and the emotional distress that accompanies losing one’s ability to see.
New York has a law called the statute of limitations. It specifies the time frame that injured victims have to file personal injury lawsuit. If you do not file your case in time you will not be able to pursue damages through a personal injury the claim. Generally, victims have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. However, while this may seem like a long timeframe, there is generally a great deal of work that must be done by your legal team to prepare your case for filing. Thus, in order to make sure your legal rights are preserved it is very important to contact an experienced attorney as soon after your accident as possible.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you with a loss of vision, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has the experience and resources to investigate your case and fight for your legal rights. We have years of experience successfully representing clients who have been seriously injured in auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. 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.