Eye damage is one of the most terrifying injuries to suffer. We rely on sight, and if that is compromised, we are generally at a loss as to how to move forward. Fortunately, eye injuries are uncommon, but in accidents and incidents involving blunt trauma, you might find yourself suffering some kind of damage. If you were involved in a car accident, motorcycle crash, trip and fall, slip and fall, workplace accident, Uber accident, or other type of incident, and your suffered eye injuries, you should take appropriate legal action. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, can ensure that you receive the coverage you need.
Types of Eye Injuries after Accidents
Eye damages generally come about as a result of blunt force trauma in which an object hits the eye. The eye does not need to be open for the damages to take effect, as the eyelid is a small layer of flesh that primarily protects against dirt, moisture, air, and more. It cannot stop a larger object from smashing into the eye. Some types of eye injuries include:
Blowout fracture, in which several bones surrounded the eye are broken and cause extreme pain in small movements; in the worst cases, the bones may pierce the soft membrane of the eye if they break inwards
Orbital fracture, or eyesocket fracture, in which the main orbital rim surrounding the eye is fractured, broken, or cracked; orbital fractures often result from airbags, seat backs, concussive force, and more
Torn retina, wherein the retina of the eye is torn, separated, or ripped; the retina is the part of the eye that receives light, and it could potentially result in blindness if left untreated
Traumatic iritis, which is the bruising, tearing, or rupturing of the iris, or the part of the eye with color; the body will respond to this trauma and send cells to heal it, but this excess buildup can cause blurriness, eye pressure, inflammation, pupil issues, glaucoma, and more
Blindness, in which the eye is permanently damaged and can no longer transmit vision
Eye removal due to extreme damage or force; it may be impossible to save the eye after an accident, and removal is the only option to ensure the safety of the victim
How doe eye injuries like this happen? In car accidents, it is common for the driver or passenger to be flung in a certain direction upon impact. If you were rear-ended, the airbag may deploy and crash into your eye – leading to the eye being damaged by the sheer force of the deployment. A passenger in the back may hit the back of the seat with his face. Some individuals can be hit from the side and crash into the windows, which may also lead to eye damage. Similarly, motorcycle riders and bicyclists can be injured upon getting thrown from their bikes and landing hard on the pavement – even if they’re wearing helmets, they may suffer intense injuries to the eye instead of the skull.
A workplace accident can also lead to eye injuries. Some welders, construction workers, and factory workers have to deal with things like steam, shrapnel, sparks, sawdust, and more, and they may even be hit by stray or falling objects. Workplace eye injuries can be serious and should be handled by an appropriate worker’s compensation suit.
In addition, many instances of eyesocket fractures or orbital fractures come about after assault and battery cases. Many people receive sucker punches to the side of the face, or they are otherwise beaten up, punched, elbowed, kicked, and slammed into things. Assault and battery can be carried out by anyone, whether a bouncer at a club, a patron in a bar, an individual on the street, an estranged romantic partner, and much more.
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Steps to Take after an Eye Injury from an Accident
It can be difficult to know what steps to take after an accident, especially if you have never been in one before. You might not have been hurt at work, or you might not know how to ensure that someone is arrested for assaulting you. In many cases, the steps you take are similar, but with some tweaks depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Generally, your first step should be to get medical help from the paramedics or go to the hospital to treat your eye injury. You should always get treated immediately after an accident, as there may be injuries that you do not notice that could potentially hurt you in coming weeks. This is especially true of eye damages, as even some blurriness might be an indicator of more severe internal injuries. If you do not go to the doctor quickly, you may damage your claim, as the insurance agent can doubt the validity of it. Be sure to hold on to all medical notes, charts, test results, and more.
In addition to proof of the medical treatment, you should provide photos of your injuries. This can prove that you were injured in the manner you claimed from the accdient. Your photographs should also include any damage to your car, the scene of the accident, the falling object that hurt you, your workplace, and much more.
If you were in some kind of accident with a vehicle, make sure to take down the other driver’s insurance information, name, phone, and contact details. If you were in a store and fell, file an incident report with the property owner. If you were assaulted, pursue the necessary route with law enforcement.
At an accident or assault, police officers should have shown up, which means that you can request a copy of the police report to add to your evidence pile.
If there were passengers or bystanders who saw you suffer eye damages, you can ask them for their testimonies and statements to back up your claim.
Finally, it is important that you reach out to an experienced eye injury attorney in Los Angeles for assistance. You may find it difficult to gather all of this evidence together and submit it to the insurance agency, and you may likely have a hard time following up. Our lawyers will take care of everything for you, from start to finish.
Eye Injury Lawsuit Compensation
Eye injury lawsuits can be valuable depending on the extent of your injuries. If you were seriously hurt, the insurance agent will make you a larger offer than if you were not that badly damaged. Traumatic iris, torn retinas, and orbital fractures that result in long-term damage are generally worth more than small sprains or bruises. The insurance agent will look at the injuries you suffered, how impactful the injuries were on your career and daily life, the severity or permanence of the eye damages, your age, your career type, and how responsible you were for the accident.
The average value of an eye injury lawsuit will vary. Some claims are only worth $5,000, while others can net you more than $1,000,000. Each case is individualistic, and the average value will always change according to the circumstances. A skilled lawyer will ask for the maximum coverage and will fight to win it.
We will do everything in our power to secure you the coverage you need for your losses. Some of the compensation we aim to bring you includes:
Medical bills and expenses, including surgery, hospitalization, ambulatory transportation, medication and prescription drugs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, future treatments and procedures, and more
Lost income and wages, such as benefits, commissions, tips, and more, as well as future missed income
Property damage for any personal belongings that may have been lost or broken in the slip and fall
Pain and suffering damages for emotional trauma, anxiety, fear, PTSD, psychological anguish, and more
Our goal is to ensure that you are given the maximum compensation available under the law. We will stop at nothing to win you the damages you deserve.
Statute of Limitations on Eye Injury Lawsuits
California has a 2-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. If you do not file a lawsuit within that time period, you will not be able to receive any compensation for your damages. It is important that you act quickly after you were injured so that your evidence will be preserved and it will not be lost or forgotten.
There are some scenarios in which the statute of limitations can be extended past the deadline. If you were under the age of 18 years old at the time of the injury, you cannot sue without a guardian representing you. You could wait until you turn legal age to sue by yourself, and the statute will count down on your birthday. There is also the possibility that an individual could be left mentally or physically incapacitated after the incident, which would cause the statute of limitations to be frozen until he returns to health. Additionally, if the defendant has left the state, the statute would not count down until he returns to California.
Work injuries have a slightly different statute of limitations. You must alert the employer no later than 1 year after the injury.
Many times, victims do not sue on time, and they end up unable to receive the compensation they deserve. It is important that you speak with a lawyer to learn how much time remains on your claim. We will gather your proof for you and submit it on time so that the deadline will not expire.
The Best Firm for Personal Injury Claims
The Downtown LA Law Group has a history of winning difficult claims, and eye injury lawsuits are among the most challenging. We have a team of expert attorneys who can battle on your behalf and negotiate a fair deal from the insurance company. For a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call us today. We’ll also give you our zero fee guarantee if you hire us – we don’t get paid unless and until we win.
If you suffered a torn retina or traumatic iritis, or any other kind of eye injury, call the Downtown LA Law Group for legal assistance.
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