Eye Injury Lawyer
What constitutes an Eye Injury?
Eye injury is the life-changing after-effects of injury to the front of the head. The eyes, which are both fragile as well as essential for everyday function, are also quite easily injured. Nearly 2.5 million traumatic eye injuries occur each year. The majority of these injuries are as the result of an automobile accident or a sports-related injury, but home accidents are also a major cause – often by fixing, repairing or cleaning household items. Men suffer from traumatic eye injuries far more than women, and the most frequent place of injury is in or near the home.
Injuries to the eye can be even more complex and critical should they occur as a result of chemical immersion. The injury must be treated appropriately very quickly or permanent damage can occur and possible blindness in the eye or eyes could be a permanent condition.
Symptoms of Eye Injury
Redness and pain in the eyes is always the first step in diagnosing eye injury. The eyes are very sensitive, and small particles or even mild irritants will cause eyes to discolor and burn.
But with a traumatic injury, there are many other conditions, and not all of them are painful at the time of injury. In fact, objects that are somehow shoved into the eye itself sometimes produce no pain at all. That’s because the eyeballs lack nerve endings, so pain within the eye itself isn’t felt; rather it is the eye covering, the eyelid, and the surrounding tissue that feels the pain and irritation.
Types of Eye Injury
- Muscular Entrapment
- ‘Blowout’ Fracture
With a non-penetrating injury, the eyeball is intact, but the protective rings around the eye have been affected; muscular entrapment occurs when the injury is a blunt force injury that causes the inside of the skull to fracture, causing cracks in the bone beneath or around the eyeball, which then can impair the ability of the eye to move properly in the socket; When the eye socket receives a blunt force, one of the possibilities is a cracked floor of the eye socket which will either dislodge the eyeball or cause its ability to function properly; with a penetrating injury, the eyeball itself has been injured or pierced, which may include injury of the inner eye and damage to all nerve and ocular function — it pay be a perforation or complete destruction of eye function.
In any eye injury, the first job is to examine the external condition of the eye and determine what type of damage has been done. Any eye injury should be treated within minutes of it occurring to give natural recovery any chance of success.
In chemical or small-particle injury, the initial treatment will be with irrigation, or flushing the eye with water or a medicated solution. For blunt force that are non-penetrating injuries, mild pressure and a bandage or patch would usually be applied. In an injury where there is eyeball penetration, pressure patches are usually never applied, and instead a shield bandage would be applied to protect the eye without contact with the injury. It’s typical to apply patches to both eyes, since they move as a unit; closing the unaffected eye has the effect of neutralizing the injured eye.
Losing one’s eyesight is traumatic and can be life-changing. Having an attorney with a focus in eye and head injury litigation is critical in providing you the opportunity to get the financial compensation you deserve. You will not pay a thing unless you win your lawsuit. If you win or settle your lawsuit, The Doan Law Firm will charge a percentage of the compensation amount, leaving you free from the costs of the actual court case.
The Doan Law Firm can assist in determining damages owed you after a severe eye or head injury. The Doan Law Firm knows that although accidents don’t wait for daylight hours to happen. However, we’re available to answer your phone call any time, day or night, at (800) 349-0000. Contact our experienced attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation. We are here to help you!
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