Suffolk County Loss of Sight Injury
Losing your vision is extremely traumatic considering how much of our lives depend on us being able to see. One of the major causes of blindness is a head injury that results from some type of accident, whether it is from a car accident, construction accident or a slip and fall accident. As is the case with many accidents, negligence is usually the cause. Losing your vision will seriously impact your entire life including your ability to work and provide for your family. Fortunately, the law allows those who are seriously injured due to the negligence of another person to hold that person accountable through a personal injury claim. 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 Suffolk County Loss of Sight Injury Lawyer who will review your case and explain to you the process for pursuing compensation for your losses. Personal injury claims are time-sensitive. If you fail to file your claim within the statute of limitation, you will be forever barred from seeking damages regardless of the merits of your case.Causes of vision loss
While vision loss can happen because of illness or genetics, accidents leading to vision loss are often caused by negligence. A drunk driver who runs a stop sign and causes a crash can blind a person with shattered glass. A doctor who makes a mistake during Lasik surgery or other eye surgery can leave a person with permanent vision loss. And a company that does not protect its workers against chemical splashes in the workplace can be responsible for a loss of sight injury. Some of these injuries may heal over time and the victim may regain some or all of his or her eyesight. Others are more serious and cause permanent blindness.Pursuing damages
A person who has less than 20/200 vision is by law blind. A person with this type of impairment will usually require aids and ongoing therapy in order to deal with their condition. When a person experiences a loss of sight injury, the cost can be measured not only in quality of life, but also in dollars, as it is a very expensive injury to treat over a lifetime. In many cases, a victim will require extensive mental health treatment to deal with the effects of such a devastating injury.
Depending on the facts of your case, the type of compensation that you may entitled to includes expenses related to medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Medical expenses include your past and future medical expenses that are related to treatment for your injury. For example, medical expenses would include emergency room treatment, hospital stay, doctors' fees, medication, rehabilitative services, and assistive technology.
If you lose your sight there is a good chance that you will not be able to go back to the job you had prior to the accident. This means that you will be entitled not only to compensation for the wages you lost while recovering. You will also be entitled to compensation for loss of earning potential as you will likely have a difficult time earning as much as you would have if did not lose your vision.
In addition, you may be able to collect damages for pain and suffering. Compensation for pain and suffering is reserved for those injuries that are severe enough to cause the victim extreme physical pain, or that cause the victim to suffer psychologically and emotionally. Loss of sight is an example of a permanent injury that would be considered so life-altering that an award for pain and suffering would be appropriate.
If you lost your sight in a work-related injury such as a construction accident, then you are entitled to file a claim for benefits under New York’s workers’ compensation rules.Suffolk County Loss of Sight Injury Lawyer
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 Stephen Bilkis and 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: