Queens Loss of Sight Injury
Accidents that result in the loss of vision are devastating to the victim and to the victim’s family. A loss of sight may mean that the victim loses independence and must adapt to a new way of navigating the activities of daily living. While illness can lead to the loss of sight, the traumatic blindness is often caused by an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence. Construction accidents where proper safety precautions were not taken can lead to an eye injury. Similarly, car accidents caused by reckless driving can lead to a loss of vision injury. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney because you have an eye injury that has impaired your vision it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Queens personal injury lawyer who understands the legal issues related to personal injury cases as well as the unique medical issues associated with a loss of sight.Causes of vision loss
A victim can suffer a partial or complete loss of vision in a number of different types of accidents. For example, in a car accident broken glass from a window may pierce the eye. Any foreign object in the eye can cause some damage—even if he object is tiny.
An eye can be burned in a fire or explosion. A flame is not necessary to cause damage to an eye. Proximity to a heat source or contact with a hot surface such as hot metal can cause irreversible damage to an eye.
A bright light or laser could damage the eye. A traumatic blow to the head could also cause a loss of sight. There are also many medical malpractice cases where a mistake by a doctor resulted in a patient losing some ability to see.
Chemical spills can cause severe damage if splashed in the eye.
Industrial accidents are a leading cause for eye injuries. In factories, at construction sites and in other workplaces federal law requires that workers wear protective eyewear and take other precautions to prevent damage to eyes.Filing a claim for damages
Under New York law victims of accidents that were caused by another person’s negligence have the right to demand that the negligent person pay compensation. The type of compensation and the amount of compensation is based on the facts of each case. However, in most cases that involve the loss of sight victims are entitled to medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. ¬
- Medical expenses. An injury involving damage to the eye will likely require treatment by ophthalmologists, surgeons, and other specialists. If ocular prostheses are necessary, then you will also be treated by an ocularist. In addition, your medical expenses may also include medication, lab tests, the use of medical equipment, and therapy. You have the right to sue the negligent party and demand that he or she pay your medical expenses. You have the right to demand payment of past medical expenses as well as future medical expenses that are related to treating your injury.
- Lost wages. Suffering a catastrophic injury also means that you will miss work. This means that you will miss your regular paycheck, and you may miss the opportunity for bonuses or promotions and to accrue other benefits. If your sight is significantly diminished by the accident, you may not be able to return to your same job. This means that the wages-related losses that you suffer will go beyond missing paychecks while you recover. It means that in the future there is a good chance that you will not be able to make as much money as you would have had you not been injured. The law allows victims to not only seek compensation for past lost wages and compensation, but for loss of future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a type of compensation that is awarded to victims who suffer both physical pain and emotional suffering. Suffering a permanent injury such as loss of sight undoubtedly will cause the victim a great deal of emotional suffering.
If you lose all or part of your sight in an accident that was caused by another person, it is critical that you are represented by an experienced personal injury attorney. 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 the complicated legal medical issues associated with losing the ability to see. 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.