By: Michael Rose
Visual impairment is extremely serious; the traumatic effects of this kind of damage may last a lifetime. Eye injuries include complete blindness, blindness in one eye, and impaired vision. Typically, injuries occur through no fault of the victim. Eye injuries may be caused by defective products (such as contact lens solution), medical malpractice (including LASIK surgery), automobile accidents, and construction/industrial incidents.
Eye injuries are often incurred by large objects making direct contact with the eye, chemical burns, or small particles striking and abrading the eye. Injuries to the eye may even be caused by negligence if a workplace has not provided its workers with adequate eye protection. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that each day, approximately 2,000 workers suffer a job-related eye injury that necessitates medical attention and treatment. Construction workers are especially prone to eye injuries, since construction sites produce flying debris that could prove to be harmful to the eye, such as concrete particles, nails, wood splinters, plastic, metal slivers, and paint chips.
Eye injuries are costly– financially, emotionally, and physically. Loss of sight, especially when combined with the financial burden of an eye injury, may cause emotional distress, anxiety, and depression in its victims. The victim of an eye injury may be entitled to compensation for past, current, and future medical expenses (including medical procedures, doctor’s visits, and rehabilitation). Additionally, an eye injury may affect the sufferer’s ability to work and could impact their future earnings. If you have suffered an eye injury, there may be a party at fault that will compensate you for these damages.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are well equipped to determine liability for your eye injury and we are dedicated to helping those who have suffered any sort of severe injury. If your life, or that of someone you love, has been affected by an eye injury, contact Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.