Our vision is essential to allowing us to live actively independent lives, and drastic changes in our sight or the loss of our vision altogether can have a great emotional impact. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers do whatever it takes to help victims recover from their physical injuries and return to happy and healthy lives after an accident, but the loss of sight can render a person unable to ever enjoy his or her life as it was once experienced. In order to help victims adjust and cope, we always seek the maximum amount of compensation available on their behalves so that their needs are met and they can overcome their disadvantages.Types of Eye Injuries Suffered in Accidents
Car, truck and motorcycle accidents involve the displacement of a lot of energy and the devastation can have a long lasting impact on everyone involved. Blows to the head or face can cause physical trauma to the eyes or the brain and eyesight may be impacted by either type of injury in the short or long term. Many of the physical injuries sustained to the eyes can be repaired so long as the eye did not suffer extensive damage. Other measures can be taken to account for diminished vision such as the use of prescription eyewear and the use of surgical procedures.
Neurological disorders can have a much more permanent impact on eyesight and our Chicago auto injury lawyers have helped clients with the following conditions recover the compensation they are entitled to following their accidents.
- The loss of tracking ability, which allows the eyes to follow objects or to read the words on a screen or piece of paper. When the eyes are unable to track, the victim may be able to see what is in immediate view, but unable to focus on an object or read documents.
- The loss of fixation. While tracking is the ability to move from one object to another or to follow objects in view, fixation allows us to focus on a single item within our visual field. This is important when we need to direct our attention in order to assess a threat or to perform a task linked to our eye hand coordination.
- Loss of depth perception. Many left turn accidents are linked to diminished depth perception in older drivers. This skill is the ability to tell how far away an object is and to accurately determine its approach speed. The loss of such a skill makes it impossible for a victim to be able to get behind the wheel of a vehicle safely, and threatens his or her independence as a result.
- The ability to change focus. We don’t realize or think about it, but whenever we focus on one area within our field of vision, the rest of the field becomes blurred— much how the lens of a camera focuses on the object in the foreground of a picture. Brain injuries can make it difficult for our eyes to focus where we want them to, making objects blurry or contorted.
- The loss of peripheral vision. Our ability to detect objects at the edge of our visual field alerts us to potential dangers and threats. Certain injuries and disorders can diminish this ability and limit our visual acuity.
- The inability to store or recover imagery. Traumatic brain injuries can make it difficult for victims to picture images or remember what objects or people look like. This adds insult to injury in some cases, as it distorts victims’ memories while impacting their ability to see in present time.
- Sensitivity to light or glare. Some injuries or disorders can force victims to avoid sources of light due to sensitivity and pain.
- Loss of vision. Blindness changes the victim’s life forever and many victims are forced to rely on others while they adjust to lives without sight.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers understand the financial and emotional impact that the loss of vision has on the victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. In many cases, the loss of their vision impairs their ability to maintain employment and costs them their independence. These factors must be considered when determining the value of your claim and we will aggressively pursue all of the compensation you are entitled to by using every legal avenue available. There are limits to the amount of damages you can recover from a negligent driver’s insurance, but your own insurance may be able to cover the difference.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of car, truck and motorcycle accident victims recover compensation for the payment of their medical bills, the value of lost wages and the emotional and physical pain and suffering they’ve endured. Our knowledge and experience will ensure that you have the best chance of success with your case and we will leave no stone unturned when seeking avenues to recover damages on your behalf.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Chicago auto accident attorneys so that we can review your legal options and let you know everything that you can expect throughout the legal process. Since we work on a contingency basis, you will never need to worry about how or whether you can pay for our services. We only receive payment after securing damages on your behalf and if we are unable to recover the compensation you are entitled to, our services will be free of charge.
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