Orange County Eye Injury Attorney
Eye injuries that result in partial or total loss of vision are traumatic experiences. Sadly, eye injury and vision loss cases are becoming frequent sources of personal injury litigation. Defective products, medical malpractice, and auto accidents are all contributing factors to eye injury and vision loss caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Determining liability in an eye injury case is challenging and requires the help of a highly experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with these types of cases.
If you or someone you love has experienced an eye injury resulting in partial or total vision loss, the Orange County eye injury lawyer at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified Orange County eye injury attorney who can examine your case at no cost and discuss your legal rights and options.
Types of eye injuries and differences between them
There are various types of injuries that can occur to a person’s eye, and they each have certain characteristics that require different treatments.
- Blows to the eye. This includes the eye area being struck by a hard object, and can effect the muscles and bones that surround the eye. Blows to the eye may also cause bleeding inside of the eye.
- Cut or scratch. When an object actually gets into the eye, it can scratch the cornea (clear dome-like cover over the eye). Scratches to the cornea can lead to blurred vision, pain, redness, light sensitivity, and more.
- Object in the eye. There are times when objects can actually get into the eye, such as sand, glass shards, metal shavings, wood chips, and more. This can also cause serious scratches to the, particularly if they are not removed quickly.
- Penetrating wounds. Objects that penetrate the eye, such as knives, pieces of wood, metal shards, and more, can cause deep eye damage.
- Chemical burns. Certain chemicals can have detrimental effects on the eyes. Chemicals inside of household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, and pools will attack the tissue of the eye quickly and can cause serious damage or blindness.
- Radiation. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause harm to your eyes just like they do your skin. Too much UV radiation exposure for the eyes can lead to light sensitivity, red eyes, tearing, and more.
Causes of Eye Injury
There are numerous instances in which an individual sustains a serious eye injury through no fault of their own. While most cases of personal injury result in physical, emotional, and financial losses, eye injury and vision loss victims find the consequences even more devastating. Some causes of eye injury and vision loss include, but are not limited to:
- Defective Airbags – A faulty airbag could damage the eye or fail to protect the eye from injuries.
- LASIK Surgery – LASIK surgery errors or optometry mistakes could result in eye injury and vision loss.
- Automobile Accidents – The blunt force and/or trauma of a motor vehicle accident could lead to severe eye injuries.
- Contact Lens Solution – Bausch & Lomb’s defective contact lens solution, as well as other drugs, can pose serious risks to the eyes.
Common activities that could lead to an eye injury
There are many everyday activities that can lead to eye injuries. In many cases, these injuries are unpredictable. However, for some of the activities listed here, most people understand that there is a risk of eye injury and should take proper preventative measures. Some of the most common activities a person does that could lead to an eye injury include:
- Lawn work. Anytime a high-speed blade and motor device is used, such as a lawnmower, trimmer, or blower, there is a risk of injury.
- Certain jobs. Many people have jobs that pose a high risk of eye injury, particularly those who work in construction, factories, or other industrial occupations.
- Sports and recreation. Anyone involved in high-impact sports or recreation events has a risk of sustaining an eye injury. This includes, but is not limited to, football, hockey, skateboarding, basketball, and more.
- Driving. Car accidents frequently lead to objects flying around the cabin of a vehicle and can cause serious eye injuries. Exploding airbags are frequent culprits of serious eye injuries.
Long-term effects of eye injuries
After the initial emergency is over, and you have sought medical care for your eye injury, you need to be aware there could be long-term effects of the injury. This could include:
- Permanent vision impairment
- Blurry vision
- Gradual worsening of vision over time
- Eye pain
- Loss of eye movement
- One eye sticking out farther than the other
Preventing eye injuries
The best way to prevent eye injuries is to wear appropriate safety glasses or goggles while working around dangerous materials or objects that could fly into your eyes. This includes proper work safety, as well as safety in and around the home. Anyone who works with materials that could fly around and strike the eye (common in construction) should wear appropriate eye gear.
Those who regularly work around the home with lawnmowers, trimmers, or leaf blowers should also wear appropriate eye protection. If you or your child play sports such as racquetball or squash, you should wear eye guards. Helmets with eye shields should be worn by those who play high-impact sports.
Speak to an Orange County Eye Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered traumatic eye injury with partial or total vision loss, you may be eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages including medical bills, lost income or earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and more.
A proven personal injury attorney at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn can investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, file the appropriate claim, protect your legal rights and interests and help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Please contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.