Lights Out! Negligence Could Be the Cause of Blindness
One example of catastrophic injury is when someone suffers temporary or permanent vision loss. It’s important to consider if negligence was the cause of blindness after an accident. Eye injuries that cause blindness, as opposed to other types of injuries, have specific bearing on the type of claim.
Under what circumstances is negligence considered the reason that an eye injury causes blindness?Two common scenarios in which eye trauma can occur are motor vehicle accidents and falls on someone's property. A projectile object in a car crash can penetrate the eye, causing someone to go blind after the accident. An eye injury could occur as a result of head trauma, such as when someone slips on a wet floor and falls backward onto his or her head.
How do you prove that negligence was the factor in the eye injury that caused blindness?To pursue compensation, certain elements must exist. One is a duty of care. In the example of a car accident, it would be a motorist's responsibility to drive in a reasonable manner. Actions behind the wheel considered negligent could include running red lights and speeding. With regard to an injury sustained on someone else's premises, a duty of care exists with the owner. The property should be free of hazards. The next element is proving a breach in the duty of care. Let's say a driver drove while intoxicated and crashed into another vehicle, or a property owner knew of a broken item and failed to fix it. Both of these examples are breaches in the duty of care. The final element is proving the breach caused the injuries. The negligent actions were the reason for someone becoming blind after an accident. In other words, it wasn't a medical condition that resulted in a loss of vision.
What types of injuries can result in blindness?A penetrating eye injury is one type of injury that causes someone to go blind after an accident. Motorcyclists are susceptible to this injury when eye protection isn't worn. Even without crashing, a flying object or debris can put the individual at risk for vision loss. If the windshield breaks, fragments could pierce the eye. Damage to the eye structure from blunt-force trauma to the face could result in someone going blind after an accident. Head injuries also can cause blindness. One example is when head trauma causes blood vessels to bleed into the vitreous, where light enters the pupil before it goes to the retina. When left untreated, permanent vision loss is a risk. Another example is when damage occurs to the optic nerve. Swelling in the brain can put pressure on this nerve, preventing blood from circulating. As a result, severe vision loss can occur, including blindness.
Impact of Blindness on an Injury ClaimFor some, going blind after an accident is only a temporary condition. But for some, the impact of an eye injury is permanent. As a result, the individual's life is forever altered. When someone suffers a catastrophic injury as a result of negligence, it could lead to compensation after filing a personal injury claim, with which a personal injury lawyer can assist. Damages may include disability, mental anguish, medical costs, loss of earnings and more.