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. Legal blindness is present when a person has less than 20/200 corrected vision. If your eyesight has been damaged due the negligence of another person it is important to speak with a Westchester County blindness lawyer from the Law Offices of 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.
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.
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.Pursing 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
- Emergency room treatment
- Hospital fees
- Assistive technology
- Occupational therapy
- Service dog
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
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 staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from 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 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.