Eye Injury Lawyers - Blindness & Vision Loss Compensation Claim
A catastrophic injury lawyer is a specialist personal injury advocate with expertise in serious personal injury compensation claims including blindness and vision loss. Our eye injury lawyers offer a wealth of experience relating to blindness and vision loss compensation claims and give advice at no cost with no further obligation on liability and the potential value of a catastrophic injury damages claim. Payment for services is based on a contingency fee basis which means that our eye injury lawyers only get paid when you get paid. If the case is lost there is nothing whatsoever to pay. There are time limits in all personal injury compensation claims and failure to take legal action within the limitation period can mean that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. If you have suffered from blindness or vision loss or other catastrophic injury caused by a negligent third party you should contact an eye injury compensation lawyer without delay.
Thousands of serious eye injuries occur each year in Canada. Those at greatest risk are children and young people who are often careless about eye protection and engage in activities that can injury the eye. Eye injuries can be divided between puncture wounds, corneal abrasions and crush injuries. Some eye injuries are temporary and heal themselves, yielding recovered vision. Others cause some level of permanent vision loss or blindness dependent on the degree of injury and the level of treatment.
Vision loss can result from many different incidents including a motor vehicle accident, a sports injury, a penetrating injury, criminal acts or fall. About seven out of a thousand individuals suffer from vision loss after an accident or injury. When it comes to people under the age of 25, ocular trauma is the number one cause of loss of vision. Eyes are best protected by using proper protective gear. This is especially true of sports like lacrosse, football, baseball and hockey. Eye wear should be used when appropriate at the workplace, especially when molten metal, chemicals and grinding is around.
Eyelid injuries are relatively common. The eyelids protect the eyes and must be kept intact. If the eyelid is just bruised, it will generally heal. If the eyelid is lacerated, it must be carefully sutured back together as to restore the integrity of the eyelid. It is important not to disrupt the integrity of the tear ducts or the eyes will be permanently dry.
Corneal abrasions are extremely common. They involve a scratch or foreign body in the outer layers of the cornea. Corneal abrasions can be caused by floating material, fingernails or scratches from contact lenses. Foreign bodies may lodge in the eye, most usually arising when workers carry out metal grinding without wearing proper headgear. The doctor examining the eye looks at it under the microscope using a dye that highlights laceration. If there is a foreign body, it is scraped out of the cornea with a needle or with a burr that smooths out the cornea. The patient is given antibiotics in the form of eye drops that heal the eye and prevent infection. Complications may cause permanent impairment of vision.
Chemical burns are especially dangerous to the eye, particularly alkali burns caused by caustic soda which is very dangerous because the chemical melts through the surface of the eye. Acid will burn the surface of the eye and can damage vision seriously. Exploding car batteries which contain hydrochloric acid burn the cornea, cause blindness and are relatively frequent. The best treatment for chemical burns is to flush the eye completely, use antibiotic drops for prevention of infection and covering the eye until it heals. Complications may cause permanent impairment of vision.
Eyes can sustain blunt or penetrating trauma and this can affect vision. Blunt trauma is more common and occurs when something strikes the eye but not in a penetrating way. Vision can be temporarily or permanently affected and blood vessels can be damaged during the injury. If blood forms between the cornea and the lens, it is called a hyphema. It markedly impacts vision until the red blood cells dissolve. Penetrating traumas can permanently affect vision and distort the shape of the eye ball. There may be no good way to treat a penetrating injury to the eye.
In some cases, the blunt trauma to the eye can affect the retinal structures. It is the retina that is actually the “seeing” part of the eye. If it is damaged, the damage is usually permanent and blindness is total but does not have to affect the entire portion of the eye. One particular injury to the retina is
called a retinal detachment. This is when a blow to the eye causes a separation between the retina and the underlying tissue. Vision is completely lost in the separated area.
Crush injuries to the eye are common. This happens when the eye comes in contact with something else, such as an elbow or part of a car during an accident. This temporarily increases the pressure in the eye and can damage the eye’s internal structures. It can also cause retinal detachment which if treated promptly with surgery can usually be corrected. Crush injuries usually result in injury to only one eye so there is some continuation of vision on the unaffected side.
An accident can cause a retinal detachment without the occurrence of a blunt trauma to the eye. Acceleration/deceleration injuries (whiplash) in a car accident can cause the retina to detach from the underlying stroma. Vision loss is relatively sudden and a trip to the emergency department is recommended in order to have an ophthalmologist repair as much of the damage as possible.