All life-altering injuries that you can suffer in an accident are going to be serious. However, out of all of these severe injuries, the loss of your eyesight is among the worst. For many, losing your eyesight is nothing short of a nightmare scenario. Unfortunately, it can be a terrible reality for those who have been involved in an accident in which they suffered a head injury that impacted their ability to see clearly, or who suffered a pointed trauma directly to their eyes.
In these cases, the Baltimore personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian can help. By advocating on your behalf in a court of law, we can fight for the compensation that you deserve after such a terrible injury.
Causes of Vision Loss
Vision loss can happen in a variety of ways and can come in lots of different levels. Some cases of vision loss are minor, as the injury only happens in one eye and is only just severe enough to notice. In other cases, though, the vision loss can be permanent, complete, and in both eyes, leading to total blindness.
There are a lot of possible causes for vision loss. However, there are three common scenarios that lead to losing eyesight:
- A traumatic brain injury that prevents your brain from receiving signals from your eyes
- Direct trauma to one or both of your eyes
- Minor damage to your eyesight that causes a severe problem with years of exposure
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Strong impacts with other objects can cause brain trauma if your head gets hit hard enough that the skull either gets punctured or the impact is enough to jostle your brain enough that it hits the inside of your skull. However, less severe impacts can still cause these traumatic brain injuries if it jolts your body in such a way that you neck snaps suddenly to one side – these unexpected collisions can also cause concussions and traumatic brain injuries if the whip-like motion of your neck causes your brain to hit the inside of your skull, as well.
In these cases, you can lose eyesight if the traumatic brain injury impacts how your mind receives and reads the signals that your eyes are sending. After traumatic brain injuries, you can suffer from:
- Blurred or double vision
- Poor depth perception
- Sensitivity to light
- Complete vision loss
Direct Eye Trauma
You can also lose vision in one or both of your eyes after an instance of direct eye trauma. Often the things of nightmares, if you get hit with an object directly in the eye, you will likely suffer from vision loss of some sort. Oftentimes, that loss can be severe and irreparable.
Direct eye trauma events like these can happen in a variety of circumstances:
- Car accidents. Serious car accidents send metal shards and glass pieces flying. If one of them gets lodged in your eye, you can suffer severe vision loss.
- Workplace accidents. Particularly in dangerous industries like construction or cleaning, workplace accidents can lead to vision loss if an object or chemical comes into direct contact with your eyes.
- Sudden exposure to light. You can also lose vision in one or both of your eyes if they were suddenly exposed to intensely bright light.
Your Legal Damages in Loss of Vision Cases
Losing your vision is one of the worst injuries that you can suffer not only because of the mountain of medical bills it can create, but because it will drastically impact your life and the lives of those who depend on you.
Luckily, personal injury law in Baltimore recognizes that these losses are terrible to have to go through and allow you to recover compensation for your suffering beyond just your medical expenses. This includes:
- Loss of income. While you were recovering, you were likely held out of work. Because those were wages that you would have made, were it not for the accident, you deserve to be reimbursed for your losses if you were not its cause.
- Loss of earning capacity. Once you lose eyesight, your ability to make a livable income diminishes drastically. You will find it more difficult to move up from your current position or can even find it impossible to maintain your role. Because these were not consequences of your own actions, but rather someone else's negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your inability to make this income.
- Pain and suffering. You can also recover compensation for the physical pain you have been put through, as well as the mental and emotional suffering you have undergone from the loss of your vision. While it is more difficult to put a dollar amount on these losses, that does not mean that they were not a huge part of your injuries. Particularly when it comes to your eyesight, the loss of life's enjoyments that you have gone through – and will continue to suffer for the rest of your life, if the vision loss is permanent – is not small. You deserve compensation.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Baltimore: Gilman & Bedigian
If you or a loved one has lost their eyesight in a terrible accident, you need legal representation by a skilled personal injury attorney to get what you deserve. Reach out to the Baltimore law office of Gilman & Bedigian by contacting us online. Our personal injury lawyers have represented accident victims who have suffered vision loss – both partial and complete – and have helped them recover the compensation that they have needed and that they have deserved.