Orange County Eye Injury Attorneys
The importance of good vision in a person’s life cannot be overstated. Approximately 80% of what we perceive comes through the sense of sight. An eye injury can be permanent, with life-altering consequences. If you have suffered an eye injury that has affected your vision through someone else’s negligence, you may have a claim for compensation.
Ocular trauma, frequently treated in emergency rooms, is a common cause of visual impairment. Every year, approximately 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the U.S., as stated on Medscape. About 10% to 20% of these injuries result in temporary or permanent loss of vision. Types of injuries to the eye include:
- Penetrating eye injuries: Flying shards of metal or other materials can become embedded in the eye.
- Ruptured globe: A full-thickness injury to the eye wall that involves a laceration on the eye, damaging the lens or white surface of the eye.
- Post-traumatic endophthalmitis: A complication of a ruptured globe involving inflammation and infection of the eye cavities.
- Hyphema: A hemorrhage at the bottom of the anterior chamber of the eye that will appear as extreme redness at the bottom of the lens.
- Orbital hematoma: Blunt force trauma can cause a fracture of the orbital floor to compress the optic nerve, resulting in blood pooling in the space between the eye and the skull.
- Traumatic vitreous hemorrhage: A hemorrhage within the eye that may involve the rupturing of the healthy retinal blood vessels or breakthrough bleeding from a subretinal hemorrhage.
- Chemical injuries: Alkali-containing agents, such as high-concentration bleach and commercial cleaners, cause more damage to the cornea of the eye than acid compounds.
Eye injuries can cause serious vision loss. It is essential to recognize the symptoms and get immediate medical attention for eye injuries. Do not try to treat them yourself, as advised by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Symptoms of eye injury include:
- Obvious pain or difficulty seeing
- Torn or cut eyelid(s)
- One eye that does not move as well as the other
- One eye that sticks out more than the other
- Blood in the clear part of the eye
- Unusual size or shape of the pupil of the eye
- Something lodged in the eye or under the eyelid that cannot be easily removed
Common causes of injuries to the eye include:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents
- Sports injuries: Blows from hands, balls, bats, or other sports equipment
- Industrial accidents: Flying pieces of material from explosions
- Construction accidents
- Chemical splashes
- Flying objects, such as bullets, darts, fireworks, BBs, and bungee cords
- Punches to the eye in violent assaults
Some common eye injuries, such as deep puncture wounds, require immediate treatment that may involve surgery to prevent permanent eye damage and vision loss. If you have a foreign object embedded in the surface of the eye, it should be removed by a doctor as soon as possible. If your eyes have been exposed to acid or alkaline chemicals, put your head under a steady stream of lukewarm tap water and let it run for approximately 15 minutes. Then call your eye doctor or go to an emergency room immediately. All eye injuries should be treated as potential emergencies. Do not hesitate to contact a doctor right away.
If you have suffered an eye injury in a car crash or another accident caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages. Our Orange County personal injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability and assess the full extent of your damages, which may include permanent vision loss. We have more than four decades of experience and a history of success in recovering compensation for our clients. Call us today at (949) 752-7474 to schedule a free consultation with no obligation and no time limits or restrictions.
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