While blindness is not itself a life-threatening condition, it can often affect the way you live and your enjoyment of life even more than other catastrophic injuries. Car accidents, defective products, burn injuries and traumatic brain injuries may all result in vision loss. Most people rely on their vision every moment of waking life to accomplish every task. The sudden loss or impairment of this sense in an accident can cause countless physical challenges. However, overcoming the psychological impact of these kinds of injuries is often much more difficult.
Regardless of how the eye injuries occurred, our personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help our clients receive recovery amounts that take all aspects of their long term care and support into consideration. We investigate the cost of any treatments that may help your condition, and can refer you to specialists. We will also include additional rehabilitation expenses, home care costs and necessary home alterations in your personal injury case calculations. Our law firm has a reputation for success when it comes to complex lawsuits involving blindness. In one medical malpractice case, our lawyers obtained a verdict of $11.2 million for our client, who suffered blindness, paralysis and severe brain injury when doctors failed to diagnose her brain tumor.
What are the Most Common Causes of Eye Injuries and Vision Loss?
Any kind of trauma to the face or brain can cause sudden vision impairment or even total blindness. An eye injury caused by a car crash from an airbag that strikes the face and eyes too forcefully or other accident often results in limited or blurry vision in the affected eye. If the damage is severe enough, doctors may have to remove the eye entirely. In some cases, fires or explosions can cause temporary blindness due to the bright light produced. These kinds of injuries often heal, at least in part, restoring some vision.
Sometimes, blindness or vision loss can result from an accident without direct trauma to the eye. If a traumatic brain injury affects the vision centers of the brain, an accident victim may lose some or all of his or her sight. These kinds of catastrophic injuries can result from direct head trauma or medical malpractice. If a doctor makes a mistake during surgery or fails to diagnose and treat a neurological condition, blindness may result.
These kinds of accidents are almost always preventable, and are often the result of negligence. The most common causes of trauma that can affect your vision include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Defective product accidents
- Dog bites
- Airbag injuries
- Violence and criminal assault
Is There Treatment for Vision Loss and Blindness?
Medical science cannot fully reconstruct or duplicate the human eye. However, procedures do exist that may allow many victims of severe eye injuries to recover at least some of their sight. After a catastrophic accident, especially if there are injuries to the head and face, inflammation and bruising may cause blindness or blurred vision. In general, when these other injuries heal, vision often returns. If there is damage directly to the eye or the optic nerve, cornea replacement or corrective lenses can help. When vision loss is the result of a brain injury, specialized therapy or even surgery can restore some lost sight.
Our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys work with medical experts who specialize in blindness when preparing a case that includes vision loss. We can direct clients to specialists for the treatment of their specific ocular injury, as well as those who have been trained in the latest surgical techniques and therapies to salvage vision.
Questions About a Personal Injury Case Involving Blindness? Call Us Today
If the negligence of others caused you or someone you love to suffer blindness or permanent eye injury, you may be entitled to monetary damages. If vision cannot be restored, our personal injury attorneys help clients receive the specialized training and support they will require to live as normal a life as possible. Sudden blindness and other catastrophic injuries can be difficult to overcome. However, we work hard to help you put your life back together as completely as possible.
We have law offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as Cherry Hill, New Jersey. If you or a loved one experienced vision loss as a result of an accident, we can help. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.