A serious accident can have dire consequences including vision loss.
Loss of vision may vary in severity from person to person. While for some people it could be temporary, for others it could be a permanent disability. Vision loss could be partial or complete (blindness). When an accident leads to vision loss, it can change a person’s life completely. There are many accidents that can cause partial or complete vision loss. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers will discuss some of these.
Accidents that can cause vision loss
There are various types of accidents that can lead to injuries including vision loss. Some of the most common causes of vision problems include sharp objects, head trauma, bright lights, particles in the eye, electric shock, and chemicals. Car accidents are also among the common causes of vision loss.
Eye injuries require immediate treatment as any delay can lead to permanent disability. In some cases, immediate treatment can prevent vision loss. Some eye injuries may require surgical intervention.
Loss of vision can result from trauma such as a serious head injury. Vision may be limited or reduced because of loss of function in the brain or due to optic nerve damage. If the injury is a result of optic nerve damage, it may be possible to restore some or all eye sight with surgery. However, if the vision loss is a result of a brain injury, recovery is not easy. Eye injuries are serious and traumatic, and often require ongoing care and treatment. If the person loses their vision completely in an accident, it can change their life forever. For these reasons, these injuries are considered catastrophic personal injuries.
Accidents caused by negligence
When the loss of vision is a result of an accident, the victim may be entitled to damages. However, to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party, the victim must prove liability and negligence. In the case of a motor vehicle accident, it must be proven that the other driver was to blame for the accident, and that the other driver’s actions were negligent. Such negligent behavior may include actions or lack of actions that an individual would likely take in a similar situation.
In such situations when a person’s vision loss is a result of another person’s negligence, the victim may be able to recover medical costs, future medical and rehabilitation expenses, and wage loss. Also, the victim may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone close to you has suffered vision loss or blindness as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should immediately take steps to protect your legal rights. Speak to an experienced and qualified Chicago personal injury lawyer at Willens & Baez as soon as possible after the accident. Before you sign anything, give us a call today at (312) 957-4166 and set up a free consultation!