Eye Injury and Vision Loss Attorneys in Phoenix
Most people take their eyes for granted. We don’t think about the gift of being able to see our loved ones, driving ourselves to work, or even just watching television. But an eye injury can result in partial vision loss or complete blindness in addition to a long, painful recovery, which will have a huge impact on your life. It will also affect your quality of life and render you unable to work if you can no longer perform the tasks needed for your job.
Accidents happen all the time, and sometimes, they cannot be prevented. But more often than not, they can. If someone has been negligent and caused you a serious eye injury, speak to one of the qualified Phoenix injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. There may be compensation available for your injuries, and we can help you get it.
Common Causes of Eye Injuries
While some diseases can cause partial or total blindness, accidents are far more likely to blame for eye injuries in the state of Arizona. Because your eyes are always exposed and one of the body’s most delicate organs, any trauma to the eye can cause serious injury.
Some of the common accidents that cause eye injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Defective products
- Construction accidents
- Chemical spills
In most, if not all of these instances, someone else may be to blame for your injury and resulting loss of vision.
Common Eye Injuries
The human eye is made up of many different parts that all work together to allow us to see properly. When just one of these components is damaged, it can affect the entire eye. Even minor injuries, such as a scratch to the cornea, can result in much more serious complications. The cornea is the outermost, transparent layer of the eyeball and is responsible for keeping debris out of the delicate tissues that make up the rest of the eye. When the cornea becomes damaged, it can leave the entire eye susceptible to infection.
Penetrating injuries, which often happen during the course of a car accident, involve something actually entering and damaging the eye. These injuries can result in total blindness in at least the affected eye. On the other hand, a hit to the back of your head can damage the vision center of your brain, and though the eye itself is not damaged, your brain will no longer be able to interpret images.
Chemical burns to the eye are possible at construction sites, workplaces, and even schools. These burns cause redness and burning in the eye, along with a great deal of pain. They can also permanently damage your vision, depending on the chemical and how long you were exposed before flushing out your eye.
The iris, or the colored part of the eye, can also become injured. The most common injury to the iris is traumatic iritis, which is an inflammation of the iris caused by blunt trauma to the eye. Though the inflammation usually resolves itself in a few week, infection is a serious risk and can permanently damage your vision.
Swollen eyelids are a sign of eye damage after an accident. In these cases, the eyes have suffered blunt trauma, whether from violence or a car accident, and the eyelids have swollen so much that the eyes are practically shut. Swollen eyelids should heal on their own, but there is always the potential for infection or other serious conditions arising if the eye is not treated properly.
Claiming Compensation for an Eye Injury
Depending on the injury, eye injuries can be very costly to treat. You may have to wear an eye patch, take costly medication, have emergency surgery, and complete follow-up therapy. If you do not seek compensation, you may be left to pay for these expenses on your own.
Compensation may be available when someone else is to blame for your eye injury. Every person and company is responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure the safety of others around them. When they fail to do so and you’re injured in a preventable accident, you can file a personal injury claim to recoup your costs.
If you suffered an eye injury after an accident that was someone else’s fault, call Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 267-1280. An eye injury can have a serious impact on your life. While compensation may not be able to make your eye whole again, it can help with the financial burden of the injury, and we want to help you get it.