Eye Injuries and Vision Problems Common in Personal Injury Cases

Our eyes are one of the most critical parts of our body, essentially making day-to-day life possible for the vast majority of people. And yet they are incredibly delicate, capable of suffering serious and permanent injury from accidents and incidents that could have been considered relatively harmless had it affected any other body part.

Common yet serious eye injuries and vision problems include:

  • Glaucoma: An injury to the eye may cause it to swell in reaction to the harm. While a slight amount of eye pressure is normal, too much pressure, known as glaucoma, can bend or otherwise harm the optic nerve, causing blindness in the eye. Early symptoms may be undetectable but severe, and corrective measures may include surgery.
  • Dryness: Irritation and harm to the eye may cause grating and painful dryness. Damage to the tear ducts may prevent eyes from watering properly or something else may be the cause, such as a serious illness. If dryness persists too long, vision clarity may decrease permanently.
  • Cataracts: A cloudiness inside the eye’s lens, known as a cataract, can occur naturally as people age but many are completely preventable. For young children who have cataracts, it is believed that the leading cause is head and eye injury. Surgery may be necessary to remove a cataract.
  • Detached retina: When someone suffers a blow to the head or across the face, the retina may detach completely from the rest of the eye. This can cause immediate vision problems, including blindness, in the affected eye.
  • Excessive tears: While an excess of tears can be helpful when faced with high winds, brightness, or heat, chronic excessive tearing can be indicative of an underlying problem, such as an infection, a damaged tear duct, or a wound on the surface of the eye.

What are the Causes of Eye Injuries?

Many eye injuries and vision problems are not caused naturally or by an illness but rather by the wrongdoing and negligence of someone else. Impacts to the head and lacerations, such as can be experienced in a car accident, remain as one of the leading causes of preventable eye injuries outside of the workplace. However, according to the United States Department of Labor, about 1,000 Americans will suffer an eye injury while working each day, and about 70% of those injuries are caused by flying debris. Due to the sensitivity of the eye, most eye injuries from debris are caused by microscopic specks of dangerous materials, such as metal slivers or particles of course sand.

To help prevent eye injuries in the workplace, such as a construction site, always:

  • Wear safety goggles and glasses when necessary.
  • Handle, store, and dispose hazardous chemicals properly.
  • Wash your hands before touching your face.
  • Use a hard hat in areas where objects may fall.
  • Look away from welding torches, lasers, and other bright sources of light.

After an Eye Injury Occurs

While being your most careful, it is still possible to suffer a serious eye injury due to the negligent acts of another party. In such a scenario, you must determine who exactly is to blame and should be held liable for the accident. Did a supervisor not provide you with adequate protective gear? Was it a distracted driver who swerved into your lane, causing you to strike your head?

Wherever compensation may be sought, it should be, and with the help of our New York City personal injury attorneys from Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP. We have won more than $500 million for our clients, all fought for using contingency fees and free case evaluations, meaning our clients don’t owe us anything upfront or at all if we do not win them a settlement. Call 646.461.4009 today to learn more about our team and legal services.