Atlanta Vision Loss Lawyers
Suddenly finding yourself suffering from a disability, especially one as life-changing as vision loss, can be dreadful. You suddenly may no longer able to get from place to place on your own. You may no longer be able to continue with your career. You may even have difficulties seeing blooming flowers in the spring and the changing leaves in the autumn. That alone is bad enough, but if your vision loss came as a result of someone else’s negligence, it can leave you in a place of complete shock.
While we at Grant Law Office cannot undo the damage that has been done, we can at least try and offer you some level of justice. Losing your vision isn’t just emotionally taxing, but it can be financially devastating as well. From potentially losing your job to paying for expensive surgeries, suffering an injury to the eye can leave your wallet in shambles. But, with the legal guidance of a skilled Atlanta vision loss attorney, you may be able to recover the compensation you need after an accident. To learn how, call our firm at (404) 995-3955 today and schedule a free consultation.
The eye is an incredibly delicate part of the body. Made up of soft tissues and rods and cones, it can become injured for any number of reasons, especially in serious accidents. For example, if a piece of glass from a broken windshield flies into your face, chances are high that it will slice into your eye. Or, if you slip and fall backward, the optic nerve that connects your eyes to your brain could be damaged or severed. In both situations, you could suffer brain damage to the area of the brain that translates the information your eyes send to it, resulting in impaired vision.
Common accidents that can lead to vision loss and eye injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bike accidents
- Dog attacks
- Swimming pool accidents
- Product defects
- Medical malpractice
Any accident that causes damage to either your eye, the optic nerve, or your brain could easily result in full or partial vision loss. Even partial vision loss can wreak havoc on your life and make it difficult for you to make a living. This, on top of any medical treatment you require after an accident, can absolutely change your life. The people who caused your accident should be held liable, as they are responsible for your trauma and suffering. If they acted negligently, you may be able to recover compensation in a personal injury claim, but how much you can recover will depend on the type of injury you are suffering from.
Our eyes take in a lot of information in our day-to-day lives. The cones and rods in the eye each process different angles and types of light, and our pupil is constantly at work taking in the right amount of light for us to see, allowing us to piece together our surroundings. This means that an eye injury can impact our ability to see in a variety of ways. There is far more to vision loss than complete blindness.
The various types of eye injuries you can seek compensation for include:
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
- Lowered ability to see in the dark
- Sensitivity to light
- Damage to the cornea or retina
- Damage to the optic nerve
- Partial vision loss
- Loss of peripheral vision
While a personal injury may be your best chance at recovering compensation for your injury, it is important to note that the at-fault party’s insurance company will not provide compensation out of charity. These companies are focused on maintaining their bottom line, meaning they will try to downplay your injury, even if you are only suffering partial vision loss. If you file a claim on your own, the insurance adjuster may try to undermine your injury by pointing out that you have not gone completely blind and still retain at least partial sight. However, you should stand strong knowing that your disability and suffering are valid and should be properly compensated. There are serious consequences to vision loss, even if you still have the ability to partially see.
Many expect to deal with some form of vision loss as they age. When the body gets older, it breaks down, and functions can begin to slow or become otherwise imperfect. However, that kind of loss is slow, taking years to develop, and there are many means, such as glasses, that allow a person to deal with vision loss. But sudden vision loss or eye injury can be absolutely devastating, leading to both financial hardships and emotional trauma. Our society is built off of visual cues and losing the ability to see those can leave you feeling alone or ostracized.
On top of that, blindness, or even partial vision loss, can strip away your independence. Those who are legally blind, which doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t see at all, are not allowed to drive a vehicle. You will have to use public transportation or rely on a friend or aid to drive you around. You may also no longer be able to perform your normal duties at work, leaving you unemployed. If your career relied on your vision, then you may have to switch careers completely, which could involve having to search out another education.
This kind of suffering and financial toll can have a serious impact on your life. You may be left unable to provide for yourself or your family and be stuck in an incredibly difficult emotional and financial situation. However, if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to recover these losses in a personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim allows you to recover much-needed compensation following an accident that wasn’t your fault. In the case of eye injuries or vision loss, there are two main categories that you can claim for. The first is economic damage. This group allows you to recover all monetary losses you suffered from the accident. This can include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of career and career opportunities
- Medical bills, past and future
- Assisted living equipment
In addition, you can also claim for non-economic damages. This category allows you to receive compensation beyond your own financial costs, meaning any of the physical pain and emotional suffering you must contend with because of your injury. In some cases, it will allow you to enjoy a more comfortable financial situation while you figure out your new life path and recover from your catastrophic injuries. Common non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lowered quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment
Of course, going up against the at-fault party and their insurance company is no easy task, especially if you are in the process of recovering from a serious eye or brain injury. That is why you need to reach out to an expert attorney who can fight for your case and demand compensation on your behalf.
A lifelong disability, especially as one as traumatic as vision loss, can be devastating, both on your state of mind and on your ability to live your day-to-day life. If your vision loss was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you deserve justice and compensation. That is where Grant Law Office comes in. As skilled Atlanta personal injury attorneys, we have more than 40 years of experience that we can draw on to oversee your claim. We offer every potential client a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get paid unless we win your case. There is no cost to sitting down with us and discussing the facts of your case. To get started, contact our office at (404) 995-3955 today.
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