Houston Eye Injury Attorneys
When Negligence Causes Serious Eye Injuries & Vision Loss, Our Team Demands Answers. No Matter What.
Vision is a requirement for a majority of jobs, it is vital for the ease of everyday life, and vision is even a necessary part of understanding human communication. These truths arguably make vision the most important human sense. However, eye injuries are prevalent in the everyday commotion of life. There are reportedly 2,000 work-related eye injuries that occur every day. This does not even account for all the eye injuries people face daily. As our eyes are extremely vulnerable to outside influence, it is important to understand how you can protect them.
Protecting Your Eyes
Here is a list of do’s and don’ts that will help you protect your eyes from harm:
- Wear sunglasses when outside for extended periods.
- Wear protective glasses when working on projects that create tiny particles that travel quickly (carpentry, masonry, pottery).
- Regularly visit your optometrist for eye checkups.
- Make sure you are getting enough vitamin A in your diet.
Common Eye Injuries
Scratched Eye (Corneal Abrasion)
This occurs when the surface of the eye is scratched. This abrasion can occur from getting poked in the eye during physical activity, to something as simple as rubbing your eye when a foreign object is in it (dust, sand, eyelashes). Although one of the more superficial eye injuries, even a corneal abrasion is a cause that requires immediate medical attention. The damage must be assessed by an eye care professional, and the abrasion must be checked on to make sure that the eye does not become infected.
If the eye’s surface is penetrated by a foreign object (fish hook, piece of metal, etc.), it is of dire importance that the afflicted seek immediate medical attention. The penetrating object should never be removed without the help of an eye specialist, as the removal of the object can be just as traumatic to the eye as the initial penetration of the eye.
Acid burns in the eye are usually an extremely painful experience for the injured; however, these burns are often not as serious as other burns. The acid can usually be washed out of the eye with water, but medical attention may be required if burning persists or if the acidity of the liquid is high. Alkali burns are much more serious than acid burns. Alkali burns are initially not as painful or as noticeable as acid burns, but they can do serious damage to an eye if they are not taken care of. The injured should follow the printed label guidance (found on the product) that will alert the injured to the next steps.
Eye Injuries Involving Blunt Force Trauma
Eye swelling, traumatic iritis, and hyphemas and orbital blowout fractures are all eye injuries that come from being hit in the eye. Black eyes and eye swelling are the least concerning blunt force traumas, while hyphema and orbital blowouts are always medical emergencies. Black eyes occur when an eye is bruised from the impact of a blunt force hit. While usually a minor accident, black eyes should be checked by a medical professional. Traumatic Iritis is when the iris of the eye becomes inflamed. This injury will cause the colored part of the eye to swell. This injury requires medical attention; even with medical attention, there is a risk of permanent damage. Hyphemas and orbital blowout fractures have a cause-and-effect relationship. Hyphemas are when the eye is bleeding from the anterior chamber or the space between the cornea and the iris. This bleeding usually occurs because of an orbital blowout fracture. An orbital blowout fracture is a crack or break in the facial bones (known as the eye socket) that surround the eyeball. When these bones break, the injured should seek immediate medical attention for the damage done to their eye.
Eye Injury FAQ
What rights do I have after an eye injury?
If you suffered any type of eye injury, whether it was caused by physical trauma or exposure to hazardous substances, you have the right to seek medical treatment and financial compensation. Your rights will vary depending on what caused your injury and where it occurred. Work-related eye injuries, for example, may be covered by workers’ compensation. This would entitle you to medical care and money for lost wages without the need to prove the fault of another person or entity. If your eye injury was caused by another’s negligence or by a defective product, you may have a personal injury or product liability lawsuit.
By reviewing your situation and talking to you about what happened, our team of eye injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin can help you take the necessary steps to assert your rights and get the help you need to work toward a brighter future.
What type of damages does an eye injury claim cover?
A personal injury lawsuit for an eye injury may cover various economic and non-economic damages, all meant to help the victim restore his or her life to the same or similar situation as it was before the injury occurred. This may include medical treatment, future medical care, assistive devices, home modifications, lost income, loss of potential earnings, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and possibly more. Maximizing your recovery can make all the difference as you work to move forward and build a more stable future for yourself and your family.
If I suffered an eye injury, should I call an attorney?
If you have been seriously injured, you should seek the medical treatment you need and call an attorney. You can’t rely on the insurance company or your employer (if your eye injury is work-related) to protect your interests. With injuries that affect your eyes and vision, you’re likely to face a long road to recovery that’s paved with expensive treatment. An attorney with experience in these matters can help you get the medical treatment and financial help you need, no matter the opposition you may encounter in having your claim undervalued, delayed, or denied. An attorney can push through to a positive resolution that gets you the answers and accountability you need.
If negligence has caused eye trauma or for you to lose your eyesight, we're ready to fight for your recovery. Call (888) 493-1629 for free consultation with a team that's known for never backing down from a fight.