Any sudden impact or injury to the eye can cause optic nerve avulsion, a devastating injury where nerve fibers become detached, causing severe vision loss or permanent blindness. Optic nerve avulsion usually occurs when a forced object impacts the area between the orbit wall and the eyeball. The severe impact can happen in accidents involving: flying debris, slips and falls, moving vehicles, bicycles, workplace mishaps, explosions and participation in sports activities.
The optic nerve provides eyesight collected information that is sent to the brain along a nerve running from the brain to the back of the eye. The signal travels across electrical impulses generated by the retina and passed across the optic nerve to be sent to the portion of the brain connected to eyesight. The sent impulses are processed in the brain to produce images. When significant damage occurs, the victim suffers physical loss of sight, emotional distress, pain and suffering.
The most common types of vision injury symptoms displaying optic nerve avulsion cases involve other serious conditions due to the trauma to the eye. This can include:
- Total or partial loss of vision
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Restricted or reduced field of vision
- Double vision
- Optic nerve injury
- Corneal abrasion
In many incidences, the loss of eyesight whether permanent or temporary is life changing. Diminished eyesight often produces devastating effects on the victim and the victim’s family in their ability to enjoy many of life’s daily activities.
What the Law Says a Person With an Optic Nerve Avulsion Injury
Any individual who has sustained a serious injury to the eye caused by the negligence of others as a legal right to seek and obtain compensation for various ongoing expenses that include:
- Medical costs including necessary surgeries directly related to the incident
- The cost of medical treatments
- Lost wages caused by time away from work
- The loss of future earning capacity
- Missed benefits caused by forced retirement due to the injury
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of counseling and therapy to handle emotional stress and anxiety of dealing with partial or total blindness
When the traumatic eye injury is the result of negligence by another individual, a lawsuit or claim for compensation can bring substantial settlements and verdicts. However, state tort law involving personal injury cases is complex, and often requires the skills of experienced attorneys specializing in optic nerve avulsion injury claims.
If the injury occurs on the job, the victim has the legal right to seek benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. However, the benefits provided through the workers’ compensation program are often limited to the cost of medical care, missed time away from work and the expense of vocational rehabilitation and retraining to allow the victim to return to work. However, an experienced attorney might be able to prove that the accident was caused by intentional disregard of the employer or a third party, such as another worker, outside vendor, subcontractor or others.
Obtaining Legal Representation For a Serious Injury to the Eye
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have the experience, financial stability, courtroom track record and medical comprehension necessary to ensure their clients receive fair and full compensation for injuries involving the eye. Our skilled attorneys thoroughly prepare every case by tracking down eyewitnesses, reviewing medical and accident records, determining liability of all parties responsible and considering every potential medical and legal issue.
Our skilled team of attorneys works directly with investigators and accident/medical experts to build a solid case for settlement and/or to present the case in front of a jury. We build our strategies and tactics around three specific elements of the claim that involve:
- Proving that our client is bringing a case against every party that had an obligation to act in a specific way toward the victim
- Proving that the defendant in the case violated the obligation through reckless action, negligence or intentional misconduct
- Proving that our client suffered a permanent or temporary loss of eyesight directly associated with the actions of the defendants
Call our law offices at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation and discussion of all your legal options. All details outlined in our conversation will remain confidential. We accept optic nerve avulsion injury cases on contingency, meaning you owe us nothing for our fees until our legal team wins your case and obtains recompense through a jury award or out of court settlement.