The transparency and placement of a lens in the eye allows the individual to focus where light hits the retina to provide a clear view. Positioned behind the pupil, the disc shaped structure is held in place by strong bands of ligament tissue. When the lens becomes dislocated, it moves out of position due to broken or weakened ligaments caused by medical condition like Marfan’s syndrome or by impact from an accident or incident.
A dislocated lens usually causes significant blurring where vision becomes distorted or out of focus. The severity of blurring is usually determined by the amount of dislocation or detachment of the lens. If the lens is only partially detached, the individual may not suffer any noticeable symptoms. However, when significant damage occurs, the iris (the colored circular structure of the eye) might lose support and begin to quiver.
Significant Eye Injuries
Without proper medical treatment, a dislocated lens injury might be permanent, causing significant life-changing impairments. Most severe eye injuries occur from an accident or incident that involves:
- Vehicle accident were blunt trauma is inflicted on the eye, head or face
- Dangerous toy
- Defective product
- Exposure to chemicals
- Injury on the job (workplace accident)
- A side effect from a dangerous prescription medication
- Other accident
In nearly every type of dislocated lens injury, the condition is not reversible. When the victim suffers a dislocated lens together with glaucoma or retinal detachment, it is often necessary to remove the lens.
Living with Limited Vision
Losing perfect eyesight can produce lifelong changes. Diminished eyesight can be devastating, where any type of vision loss requires adaptation for daily living at home and on the job. In many incidences, victims who have injured one or both lenses have to accept the reality of their situation and adopt a variety of alternative methods to tackle many of life’s challenges. This often requires employing other senses including smell, hearing and touching rather than sight. Other limitations include:
- Finding an alternative to driving
- Preparing meals using adaptive aids, tools and appliances
- Alternatives to reading the daily newspaper, magazines and books
- Finding alternative methods for identifying paper money
- Moving about the house and other locations confidently and safely
Common Activities That Cause Eye Injuries
Impaired vision can cause an unexpected and unseen turn of events where blindness or sight loss occurs from some type of accident. Young children are principally more vulnerable than adults are when playing with pointy or sharp objects such as a broken stick, or caught in the pathway of flying debris ejected from lawn mowers and tremors. The most common types of eye injuries involving dislocated lens happened when involved in:
- Boating accident
- Participation in high risk sport
- Construction site or workplace mishap
- A propelled cork from a bottle of champagne
When the injury is caused by the negligent actions of others, the victim typically has a legal right to seek compensation to cover physical and emotional damages. However, dislocated lens accident cases are complex. Because of that, many victims will hire attorneys who specialize in eyesight accident neglect cases to see compensation and hold responsible parties accountable for their action.
Hiring an Attorney After An Accident Involving a Dislocated Lens
Linking the dislocated lens accident to the individual or entity at fault is a crucial component to filing a claim for compensation concerning lost vision. An attorney can help identify every party at fault and gather evidence to prove the case.
Many individuals suffering dislocated lens injuries live satisfying, full lives by adapting to their vision impairment. However, the alteration of lifestyle usually demands financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and other damages associated with the injury. Winning a personal injury lawsuit assures the victim that life can be manageable in the future.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of Illinois state tort law involving personal injury claims for compensation. We provide compassionate representation of our clients suffering vision impairment and blindness caused by the negligent actions of others. Call our law offices at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an initial, free consultation. We accept all eye injury cases on contingency, meaning the victim is not charged fees for legal services unless our attorneys are successful in winning compensation through a trial award or out of court settlement.