Eye Damage, Vision Loss, & Blindness Lawyers
Suffering from eye damage, vision loss, or blindness can have an immediate effect on your life. Your eyes are the most sensitive part of your body, and even a seemingly small amount of damage to one’s eye can cause a devastating, catastrophic injury. Each year, an estimated 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the U.S.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that by the year 2050, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million people. Loss of sight unfortunately can occur in a variety of ways, such as:
- Airbag defect accidents
- Automobile/truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Contaminated contact lens solutions or eye drops
- Corrosive or chemical exposure
- Machine defects
- Non-sterile eye medication
- Nursing home negligence
- Physician/hospital negligence
- Surgical errors (LASIK surgery or optometry mistakes)
- Traumatic brain injuries
Most Common Eye Injuries
Eye injuries are complex, because eye injuries can manifest themselves in many different ways. In some cases, victims can largely recover from their injuries, but sadly, there are also eye injuries that result in permanent impairments, including vision loss or blindness. Some examples of eye injuries that our personal injury lawyers have seen include:
- Chemical exposure and burns – Chemical burns happen when a liquid acid or alkali splash into the eye. Consequently, this exposure causes severe and permanent damage to the surface of the eye. Potential chemical exposure can happen by aerosol exposure (mace, tear gas, pepper spray, or hairspray), liquids splashing into the eyes, and rubbing the eyes when working with chemicals.
- Subconjunctival bleeding – This is a collection of blood on the surface of the white of the eye. A trauma to the eye is the main cause of this, however, it can also happen without warning or cause.
- Cuts or scrapes on the cornea – Also called corneal abrasions, these types of injuries occur when the eye is scratched. In some cases, wearing contacts for too long can also result in cuts on the eye.
- Traumatic iritis – The iris is the colored part of the eye. This type of injury occurs as the result of a blow to the eye.
- Eye socket fractures and hyphemas – These injuries are usually associated with significant blunt force trauma.
- Punctures or lacerations – These injuries are very serious and are the cause of sharp objects like metal or glass.
Workplace Eye Injuries
More than 20,000 workplace eye injuries happen each year. Consequently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workplace eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and workers’ compensation. Although OSHA has strict guidelines, it is important to watch out for dangers while in the workplace. Common eye injuries that occur on the clock are chemicals, flying objects, particles, sparks, and tools. Like any other activity, the best prevention for an eye injury at work is to wear proper protective eyewear. Additionally, if you work in a setting that has lots of flying objects or dust, you must wear safety glasses with side protection. If this safety equipment is not provided and you suffer eye damage, vision loss, or blindness, your employer may be liable for negligence.
Can airbag deployment hurt my eyes?
The airbag’s main purpose is to prevent your face from hitting or going through the windshield. However, they can also be the source of devastating injuries. An airbag striking your face at a high velocity can cause temporary or permanent vision loss in one or both eyes. Traumatic iritis or a fractured eye socket can occur from the force of the airbag.
In some cases, a defective airbag can lead to far more serious consequences. If you are the victim of a defective airbag, an eye injury lawyer from McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help. You don’t have to live with the lifelong consequences of another person’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered an eye injury due to the negligence of someone else, you have rights that entitle you to financial compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact our team today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.