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Westchester County Blindness Injury

No one is ever prepared to cope with sudden loss of vision. Blindness alters your life forever. You may be dealing with the emotional shock and physical trauma this injury has caused, and wonder where to turn for answers. A loss of sight impacts your life profoundly, affecting every aspect of your everyday life. Injuries causing blindness can happen as a result of a traumatic brain injury or any type of accident that causes a head injury. A car accident, a slip and fall, or an accident in the workplace can lead to a partial or complete loss of sight. If you have vision loss due to the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced Westchester County blindness injury lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates for advice and guidance. You may be entitled to compensation for your significant loss, including reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.

Common Causes of Loss of Sight

There are many types of accidents that result in injuries that lead to blindness. Construction accidents involving chemicals sometimes lead to blindness. For example, when chemicals are spilled or splashed and come in contact with a worker's eye, the chemicals may burn the eye, resulting in a loss of sight. This type of workplace accident could be avoided with proper training and proper use of safety equipment.

A head injury may also lead to blindness. Head injuries most often occur in falls. However, traumatic injuries to the head also happen in car accidents. Extremely bright lights that sometime accompany explosions can result in blindness, as well as foreign objects piercing the eye. These types of injuries can lead to damage to the brain's occipital cortex, retinal detachment, lacerations, and corneal abrasion, resulting in permanent or temporary blindness. Whether the accident was a car accident, trip and fall accident, construction accident, or any other type of accident, in most cases the accident was due to the negligence and could have been avoided. If you or someone you care about suffered total or partial vision loss in an accident, contact an experienced Westchester County blindness injury lawyer.

There are six injuries that can happen to the eye: retinal detachment, cataracts, glaucoma, lacerations, abrasions and oculomotor injuries. Some of these injuries are more severe than others. A corneal abrasion for instance can cause temporary blindness, but victims may regain their eyesight. For injuries such as this the time frame for improvement is thought to be three months. In more severe cases however the loss of eye sight is permanent.

As an experienced blindness injury attorney in Westchester County will explain, retinal detachment sometimes occurs when car accident victims or victims of other types of accidents experience a blow to the head or an object entering the eye. Surgery will be necessary to reattach the retina, or permanent blindness can result. Burns to the eye are common from ultraviolet or other bright light that refracts into the eye. If the eye is burned, there is no modality to correct the damage. Oculomotor injuries as well as cataract and glaucoma can occur during a work place accident. Interestingly, cataracts and glaucoma are usually thought of as a disease; however they also can be caused by a traumatic injury.

Pursuing Compensation for a Loss of Sight Injury

There are significant costs associated with a serious injury that leads to a loss of sight. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand that the person who caused your injury pay your damages. The types of damages to which you may be entitled include:

  • Doctor's visits
  • Hospital fees
  • Assistive technology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Counseling
  • Service dog
  • Magnifiers
  • Glasses
  • Lost wages and loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were injured in an accident that caused you to lose all or part of your vision, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. The blindness injury attorneys serving Westchester County at Stephen Bilkis & Associates have experience representing victims injured in auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Even if you feel that your injury is covered by workers' compensation insurance contact us to ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefits available to you under workers' compensation law, personal injury law, and Social Security disability law. Contact our staff at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: Westchester County, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and the Bronx.

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