Loss of Sight Injury

The loss of sight may well be one of the most difficult injuries one can endure. Partial or complete blindness impacts every facet of your life, including your career, your enjoyment of life and your relationships with friends and family. Loss of sight can occur because of a blow to the head or because of an injury directly to the eye. These injuries can result from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a construction accident, slip and fall accident, motorcycle accident, or car accident can cause blindness. Whether your loss of sight occurred in a car accident or resulted from another type of act of negligence, New York law allows you to seek damages through a personal injury claim. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you were paralyzed in an accident due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Loss of Sight Injury Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and who will explain your legal options for filing a claim in order to receive compensation for the expenses related to your injury. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for the accident the caused your loss of vision may be required to compensate you for that as well.

Causes of Vision Loss

A person who has less than 20/200 corrected vision is considered legally blind. Vision loss can result from many different types of injuries. While some may be the result of a disease or are genetic in nature, there are injuries that occur due to the negligence of another. In jobs that are in manufacturing, building and construction industries, eye injuries leading to vision loss are fairly common. There is an inherent danger that accompanies working around tools, machines and chemicals. The following eye injuries are common and may result in a loss of sight:

  • Scratched retina
  • Debris in the eye
  • Detached retina
  • Blunt trauma
  • Eye loss

Eye injuries do not only occur in the workplace. Trauma to the eye or a head injury from a car accident or slip and fall could also lead to a loss of vision. A medical mistake could also lead to blindness. For example, a brain injury that occurs during the delivery of a baby could result in the child suffering a number of permanent medical problems including blindness, hearing loss and cognitive impairment.

Pursuing Damages

If an accident causes you to lose your ability to hear, you will incur significant medical expenses from medical treatment and assistive technology. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to hold the person's whose negligence resulted in your injury legally accountable. Depending on the facts of your case, the type of compensation that you may be 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 were injured at work, under New York's workers' compensation rules, you would be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, just because your injured occurred at work does not mean that you are limited to only compensation from workers' compensation. If, for example, a third party such as a subcontractor or equipment manufacturer caused your injury, you may be able to pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim.

Bronx 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. Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC 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.

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