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Eye injuries are often the result of traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, eye injuries are becoming more frequent. Because of this, the average eye injury lawyer is seeing more personal injury litigation because of defective products, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and auto accidents. When negligence or wrongdoing causes vision loss, The Carlson Law Firm is the premier personal injury firm to represent you and your loved ones.
With more than 40 years of experience, we have a team of attorneys, investigators and nurses to help determine liability in your eye injury case. If another individual’s negligence contributed to your vision loss, we can help. Contact our team today for a free consultation with an eye injury attorney. We are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What are the Most Common Causes of Eye Injury?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the most common cause of eyes injury is a foreign object in the eye. In addition, open wounds and contusions account for about 25 percent of injuries. A CBS News report found that the most common cause for vision loss eye injuries is falling. In fact, falls accounted for more than 8,400 hospitalizations over a 10-year period. Slip and falls and falling down stairs are some of the most common causes of eye injury in the United States.
For children under age 10, a person or object striking the head is the most common source of childhood blindness. Car crashes and accidents with sharp objects followed.
Other causes of vision loss for both children and adults are:
- Truck Accidents
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Machine defects
- Chemical Spills
- Construction Accidents
- Caustic, Alkali, or Acidic Products
- Airbag Deployment
Each year, an estimated 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. There are several factors that can contribute to someone sustaining an eye injury through no fault of their own. We recognize that any traumatic loss is devastating. But the consequences of living with an eye injury that resulted in vision loss are extremely severe.
Medical treatment for dealing with an eye injury can be costly. It can even result in the loss of wages through temporary or permanent disability. At The Carlson Law Firm, our compassionate attorneys believe you should be able to move forward with your life. A qualified eye injury lawyer from our firm is ready to help you do just that by getting the compensation you deserve.
Little Known Facts About Eye Injuries
Protecting your eyes from any kind of injury is the most basic thing you can do to keep your vision healthy. In essence, most eye injuries are preventable. In fact, 90 percent of eye injuries are avoidable by simply wearing protective eyewear.
- Men are more likely to suffer an eye injury than women.
- About 35 percent of all eye injuries occur in people 18 to 35
- Nearly 45 percent of all injuries occur in the home.
- More than 40 percent of eye injuries are caused by sports and recreational activities.
- Too much sun exposure can damage the eyes.
High-risk sports such as baseball, basketball and racquet sports are among the highest risks for eye injuries. Additionally, boxing and other full contact fighting sports such as martial arts pose an extremely high risk of eye injuries including blindness. If protective headwear is a part of the uniform, it should be worn at all times.
What are the different Types of Eye Injuries?
Eye injuries can range from severe to minor. Getting soap in your eyes is a common occurrence that is uncomfortable at the moment, but typically has no lasting effects. However, more caustic chemical exposures, such as battery acid, can lead to permanent vision loss or loss of the eye. Furthermore, eye injuries can present in a number of ways. Including exposure to chemical burns, damage to the cornea and eye socket fractures.
Common Types of Eye Injuries
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 through:
- Liquids splashing into the eyes
- Rubbing the eye when working with chemicals
- Aerosol exposure (mace, tear gas, pepper spray or hairspray)
Subconjunctival bleeding: This is a collection of blood on the surface of the white of the eye. 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: Otherwise called corneal abrasions, these types of injuries occur when the eye is scratched. People with these types of injuries usually report being poked in the eye, metallic object, tree branch or fingernail. In some cases wearing contacts for too long can 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. Unfortunately, relatively normal activities can cause severe injuries. For example, an accident with a baseball bat or other types of club, balls or airbag deployment can cause this type of injury. In addition, a fist fight can cause this type of damage.
Hyphemas and eye socket fractures: These injuries are usually associated with significant blunt force trauma. Bleeds and facial bone breaks can occur from things like getting hit in the face with a champagne cork, baseball or a kick to the face.
Punctures or Lacerations: These injuries are very serious and are the cause of sharp objects like metal or glass.
Contact our firm to speak with a qualified Eye Injury Lawyer if you suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence.
What Can Lead to Eye Damage?
Generally, a small piece of metal, wood or plastic in the eye can scratch the surface of the eye. In addition to these objects, glass from an auto accident can also carry serious damage to the eye. However, depending on the location of the of the object and the kind of damage it causes, the severity of damage can vary. In most cases, all of the following conditions require some kind of medical treatment.
Corneal Foreign Bodies
Foreign objects that get embedded into the cornea, but have not penetrated the eye.
Intraorbital Foreign Bodies
Located in the orbital socket (eye socket), but have not managed to penetrate the eye.
Intraocular Foreign Bodies
These injuries are a result of an object lodging itself in the outer wall and penetrated the eye itself.
Corneal Flash burn
Ultraviolet Keratitis, or corneal flash burn, is the most common type of light-induced trauma to the eye. This can be thought of as a sunburn on the cornea.
Damage to the central part of the retina can occur by staring at the sun.
If a foreign object injured or affected your eyesight, contact us. A skilled eye injury lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can you help determine who is responsible for your injuries. In addition, we can help you hold the negligent party accountable and recover the compensation you deserve.
Car Crash Eye Injuries
Between 9,000 and 12,000 eye injuries occur every year as the result of car crashes. Motor vehicle crash eye injuries peak between the ages of 15 to 19 years old. Drivers in the 16-24 age group are at the greatest risk of car crash eye injuries—with the greatest risk being among males. There are several ways car crashes can lead to eye injuries.
Airbag Deployments Eye Trauma
Airbags were invented for safety and protection. In fact, 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 addition, airbags release foam particles which can also be a source of eye injury in a car crash.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Often overlooked, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can greatly affect vision. Studies suggest that 20 to 40 percent of people living with traumatic brain injury also experience some sort of vision problem. These vision problems include blurred vision, vertigo and difficulty seeing.
Lacerations and Particles in the Eye
In a car crash, debris, glass, dirt and several other objects fly throughout the vehicle. These loose objects can lead to corneal abrasions and lacerations. If left untreated, serious injuries can lead to additional trauma.
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 The Carlson Law Firm can help. You don’t have to live with the lifelong consequences of another person’s negligence.
Workplace Eye Injuries
More than 20,000 workplace eye injuries happen each year. Consequently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workplace 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:
- Flying objects, such as bits of metal or glass;
- Or any combination of these hazards
Like any other activity, the best prevention for an eye injury at work is to wear proper protective eyewear. For example, a car mechanic should always wear the proper goggles when performing the duties of the job. 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 an eye injury or vision loss, your employer may be liable for negligence. A compassionate Eye Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help.
Eye Injuries In Nursing Homes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 3 adults age 65 or older falls each year. In addition, 2 million are taken to the emergency room for fall-related injuries. Because falls are the leading cause of eye injury, especially for seniors, it is important to eliminate household and nursing home dangers. By addressing poor lighting, decluttering and addressing tripping hazards in the homes of seniors, the number of elderly adults suffering eye injuries could be reduced.
In 2016, more than 20,oo0 people living in U.S. nursing homes experienced serious face injuries, from falling and hitting hard surfaces. Falls contribute to a tremendous amount of debilitating injuries in the elderly.
How much does it cost to treat an eye injury?
The costs for eye injury treatment are rising. The AAO reports that the costs to treat eye injuries rose by 62 percent over a 10 year period. It now costs more than $20,000 to treat preventable eye injuries. If you suffered an eye injury through no fault of your own, contact a Carlson Law Firm Vision Loss Attorney. We can help you recover expenses for eye injuries stemming from the following situations:
- Car crashes
- Dangerous work conditions
- Improper protective eyewear in the workplace
- Surgical errors
- Defective airbags
- Nursing home falls
There are several other ways a person can lose their sight or suffer debilitating eye injuries. An eye injury is devastating no matter the cause, but they can be even more stressful when you are worried about medical bills, wage loss and other expenses associated with your injury. If you or a loved one suffered an injury, contact the Carlson Law Firm to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a vision loss attorney.
Recognizing Eye Injuries
Eye injuries are serious. Because they can cause vision loss, it is important to appropriately respond to an injury. In the event that the injury is not a mild irritant like soap or sunscreen, do not attempt to treat your injury yourself.
If a person has any of the following conditions, seek medical treatment right away:
- Obvious pain or trouble seeing
- Cut or torn eyelid
- One eye does not move well as the other
- One eye sticks out more than the other
- The eye has an unusual pupil size or shape
- Blood in the clear part of the eye
- An object in the eye or under the eyelid that can’t be easily removed
What to do after an eye injury
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following:
For all injuries:
- Do not touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye
- Do not remove the object stuck in the eye
- Don’t apply ointment or any other medication to the eye
- See a doctor as soon as possible
For Cuts or Punctures:
- Do not rub or apply pressure to the eye
- Gently place a shield over the eye
- Do not rinse with water
- Do not remove the object
- Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or any other steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs tend to thin out the blood.
- Seek a doctor immediately
- Immediately flush the eye with clean water
- Seek emergency medical treatment immediately
Blow to the eye:
- Apply a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling
- Do not apply pressure
- If a black eye, pain or visual occurs, contact your doctor or go to the emergency room
- Remember that even a light blow can cause significant injury
Finally, if your injury happened in the workplace or because of the negligence of another person, contact a qualified Eye Injury Lawyer right away. The Carlson Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience protecting the rights of people who have suffered personal injury from the negligence of others.
Contact An Eye Injury Lawyer From The Carlson Law Firm
Vision loss can be a devastating injury that completely alters your life. Everything from loss of quality of life to loss of wages can affect your happiness. If you or a loved one’s vision loss was at the hands of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. The Carlson Law Firm has a team of personal injury attorneys, nurses and private investigators who prove negligence and help you get the recovery you deserve.
Contact us today for a free consultation with an Eye Injury Lawyer. We are available 24/7.