California Eye Injury Attorneys
Our eyes are a crucial part of our everyday lives, influencing everything we see and do. Unfortunately, they are also delicate and susceptible to harm. If your eyes are damaged, you can turn to the California eye injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase for legal help.
Eye injuries can result in permanent vision impairment, vision loss, or temporary optical issues. It is no exaggeration to say that losing your eyesight can be devastating, and will impact every aspect of a victim’s life.
When an eye injury accident is caused by negligent, careless, or reckless behavior, Bisnar Chase can help victims fight for justice. Our eye injury attorneys offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ promise and have an outstanding track record. We can win your case – contact us now for a free consultation!
What is an Eye Injury?
Eye injuries include any kind of damage which affects the functionality of a person’s eye. It can be caused by anything from an impact with the eye (or the area around the eye) to an infection.
Not all eye injuries are immediately obvious. It may start with a feeling of pain or pressure before developing into a serious condition – such as a permanent loss of vision.
Common symptoms of eye injuries include:
- Persistent sharp eye pain
- A feeling of heightened pressure
- Swollen eyeball or swelling around the eye
- Ongoing irritation
- Blurred Vision
- Colored spots or cloudy vision
- Trouble moving the eye
- Visible blood in the white of the eye
- Unusual or changing pupil shape/size
- Eye protruding from the socket
- Eyelid cuts
- Light sensitivity
- Worsening eyesight or loss of vision
The eyes are particularly sensitive and vulnerable organs. Even seemingly minor contact or damage can result in a catastrophic injury and a life-changing loss of vision.
If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical help. If you have suffered optic damage, consult with an eye injury lawyer or vision loss attorney to find out if you have a case.
Common Causes and Types of Eye Injuries
Eyes can be damaged in a variety of ways, from a malicious act of force to a foreign substance touching the eye. Some of the most common causes of eye injuries include:
Blunt trauma: When an object hits the eye with a significant force it can cause potentially serious conditions such as eye swelling, eye bleeding, traumatic iritis inflammation, and worse. This can occur with any kind of impact, from a punch connecting with a person’s eyeball, to the victim being hit in the face with a ball.
Chemical burns: If foreign or acidic substances come into contact with the eye, they can cause extreme pain and even permanent loss of vision. The result will depend on the substance.
Scratches: Due to the vulnerabilities of the eye, even the slightest scratch to the eyeball or cornea from any source can have a drastic impact. This can happen if someone is poked in the eye or gets a foreign object or substance such as dirt or sand in their eye.
Infection: Bacterial and fungal infections can cause extreme eye discomfort and can result in far worse symptoms if left untreated.
Hyphemas and Orbital Blowout Fractures: These are major eye injuries caused by extreme blunt force trauma. They are categorized differently because of their devastating impact. A hyphema is a type of serious optic bleeding, while orbital fractures are breaks in the facial bones around the eye, causing damage to the eye itself. These serious injuries occur due to severe trauma – such as a person being hit by a high-velocity hockey puck or baseball bat.
If a victim suffers eye damage due to the negligent or malicious acts of another person, they should make sure the perpetrator is held accountable by filing an eye injury lawsuit.
The expert California eye injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase have over 40 years of experience, helping more than 12,000 clients with their injury cases and offering specialist guidance.
Effects of Eye Injuries
Any of the types of eye injuries listed above can have dire, life-altering consequences for the victim. The lasting effects or results of an eye injury can include:
- Partial loss of eyesight
- Blurry vision
- Lost or reduced peripheral vision
- Worsened vision in dark settings
- Complete blindness
Any of these conditions will have an impact on a person’s day-to-day life. Even the lesser effects can affect a victim’s independence and enjoyment of life, while permanent blindness can be completely devastating.
Lost or reduced eyesight might stop victims from driving, working, and enjoying the same activities they were once able to.
If you or a loved one have suffered an eye injury that has caused pain or compromised your vision, our eye injury lawyers in California can help. We are dedicated to ensuring that victims are properly compensated – and holding those responsible to account.
When to Take Legal Action – Eye Injuries
Are you wondering whether you can sue over your eye injury? This guide will show you exactly when you can take legal action.
Filing an eye injury lawsuit is the right decision when an accident is caused by somebody else’s negligence. This means that a personal injury claim could be successful if the eye injury accident was caused by somebody’s lack of care.
If you have suffered an injury as a direct result of a person’s behavior – whether it is malicious, or merely reckless – you should explore your legal options. The section below will guide you on potential eye injury liability.
If you are not sure if you have a case, please contact Bisnar Chase now. We offer a free case review with one of our legal experts. This will give you the chance to talk over your options with no obligations to proceed. Contact us now for a free consultation!
Eye Injury Liability
To name the correct parties in a lawsuit, an eye injury attorney will work with the victim to establish liability in their case. In other words, we need to work out who is to blame.
The following are some of the possible liable parties in an eye injury accident:
- Company/Business Owner: If an eye injury is sustained as a result of a workplace accident, the business may be held liable. The company has a responsibility to provide safe working conditions, as well as any necessary protective equipment and training. If they fail to do so and an injury occurs, they will be liable.
- Auto accident: If an eye injury is suffered in a car accident, or a truck, motorcycle, bike or pedestrian crash, the party at fault for causing the motor vehicle accident would be liable for the injury.
- Product manufacturers: If an eye injury is caused by a dangerous or defective product, or the product did not come with sufficient safety instructions, legal action could be taken against the manufacturers or distributors.
- Location owner: A premise liability lawsuit may be filed if an eye injury was sustained due to the premises owner’s negligence. For instance, if a victim suffered a slip and fall accident which results in an eye injury due to a problem with the flooring, they may be able to sue the location owner – whether that is an individual, a company, or the city.
Some eye injury cases will involve multiple liable parties. For help in identifying the correct parties and filing an effective lawsuit, contact the California eye injury attorneys of Bisnar Chase now.
Eye Injury Lawsuit Case Studies
There have been several major legal victories for victims of eye injuries. While no amount of compensation can make up for permanent vision impairment, our personal injury attorneys at Bisnar Chase fight tirelessly to make sure victims experience some sense of justice.
The following are examples in which an eyesight loss injury lawyer has helped a victim secure significant financial compensation for their suffering:
Name: James Morrow / When and Where: Construction site, New York, 2014
James Morrow, 44, was a subcontractor foreman at a construction site in Manhattan when he suffered a serious eye injury. He turned into a clamp wedge spike, causing major trauma to his right eyeball.
Despite undergoing three separate surgeries, Morrow suffered permanent partial vision loss. He sued the building owner and the general contractor for failing to provide a safe working environment, and the case was settled out of court for $1.5 million.
Name: Ramin Shekarlab / When and Where: Sacramento County Jail, California, 2016
Ramin Shekarlab, 53, was imprisoned for reckless driving in 2016. While behind bars he passed out (due to a pre-existing medical condition) and fell, badly injuring his eye in the process. He was forced to wait eight months for an ophthalmologist appointment, and he was unable to seek surgery until he was released – a year after sustaining the eye injury.
When he finally saw a specialist, Shekarlab was told it was too late to repair the eye damage, which gave him permanent partial sight loss. His lawsuit was settled for $650,000.
Name: John McKim / When and Where: Business premises, Connecticut, 2017
Victim John McKim, 26, was visiting A-1 Auto Center body shop in East Lyme, CT when the owner asked for his help in dislodging a tow hitch from a truck. McKim followed directions and hit the hitch with a sledgehammer. As he did so, a shard of metal flew up into his eye, causing ruptures, tears, and bleeding.
He underwent four surgeries but was permanently blinded in one eye. The business owner had not provided him with proper safety equipment and agreed to a $960,000 settlement.
Anatomy of the Eye
The eye is a complex and powerful organ that works by allowing us to process everything around us as clear images.
At the front of the fleshy eyeball is the cornea, which is a clear ‘window’ which focuses light. Behind the cornea are the iris (also known as the colored part) and the pupil (the dark circle at the center, within the iris). The pupil and iris work together to control the light coming into the eye.
The light is then transferred through the lens, which focuses it onto the retina. The retina is a layer at the back of the eyeball which transfers information into electrical impulses and sends them to the brain via the optic nerve, allowing us to process what we are seeing.
Eye Injury Treatment
Wondering how to treat an eye injury? If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with eye damage, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. However, the following are first-aid treatments which may be used immediately after an injury:
- Eye swelling – apply ice
- Chemical burn – rinse your eye under a steady stream of water for 15 minutes
- Eye socket injury – apply ice to a broken eye socket and visit a medical professional immediately
- Scratched eye injury – do not cover, as this can make a fungal infection more likely. Visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Consulting with a medical professional will always give you the best chance of regaining your eyesight. The eye treatments they may use will depend on the type of damage sustained, but can include:
- Wearing a protective patch to allow the eye to heal
- Physical therapy and eye exercises
- Invasive eye surgery (possibly multiple surgeries)
These methods can be used to maximize recovery. In some cases, a full recovery is not possible, and victims end up with full or partial vision loss for the rest of their lives.
An eyesight loss injury lawyer can help victims in their bid for justice.
Eye Injury Compensation
Victims who have suffered serious ocular injuries are often entitled to compensation from negligent parties. However, the amount of compensation they might receive can vary massively, depending on a variety of factors.
No two accidents are the same, and there is no set dollar amount for an eye injury. The following factors will affect the payout amount:
- The severity of the injury
- Is it permanent?
- How the injury will impact the victim’s life
- Home alterations
- Medical assistance devices and other sight loss equipment
- Medical treatment bills
- Ongoing rehabilitation costs
- Loss of hobbies, independence, and general enjoyment
- Lost ability to work
- Depression and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
All of these factors can influence the compensation awarded. By working with a California eye injury lawyer from Bisnar Chase, you can ensure that your case is in safe hands.
The best eye injury lawyers leave no stone unturned when it comes to building an effective case, giving victims the best chance possible of receiving life-changing compensation.
Eye Injury Lawsuit FAQs
Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions heard by our California eye injury lawyers. If your question is not answered, do not hesitate to contact Bisnar Chase for a free consultation with one of our legal experts.
For a personal injury lawsuit, the statute of limitations in California gives victims two years to file a case from the date of their accident. Once a lawsuit has been filed, the timeline will vary. Some lawsuits are settled in a matter of months, while others take years to conclude. Speak to a California eye injury attorney for a more accurate estimation based on the details of your case.
Yes. It is always best to go with a vision loss lawyer who has years of experience and a track record of success in court. Many cases are settled before they reach trial, but it is best to be prepared. At Bisnar Chase, our attorneys are expert negotiators and fearless trial lawyers, giving them the flexibility to fight for justice in court if a settlement cannot be reached.
Don’t worry! Consult with an expert at Bisnar Chase who will examine the details of your case and identify the liable party or parties. When we take on a client, we will build a strong case for them by carrying out an investigation and presenting comprehensive evidence.
Yes. Any eye injury which causes pain and suffering and has an impact on a victim’s life can be the subject of a lawsuit. If an injury causes permanent loss of vision, it is likely to result in a greater amount of compensation.
The personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a wealth of experience, an outstanding success rate, and are here to help. Call (800) 561-4887, or click the contact tab on our website at www.BestAttorney.com. Our website also has a Live Chat feature, and we can be reached through social media.
Hiring the Best Lawyer for an Eye Injury Near Me
Bisnar Chase is proud to provide superior representation for injury victims in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside, San Bernardino, and across Southern California.
If you are looking for the best lawyer for an eye injury in California, look no further. We have been in business for more than 40 years, maintaining an impressive 99% success rate. Over the past four decades, we have helped 12,000+ clients and won more than $650 million in compensation payouts.
We believe in making sure justice is done. To make sure our services are available to everyone, we offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee that advances all costs and ensures clients do not have to pay out of pocket. If we do not win your case, you will not owe us a penny. We also want you to make an informed decision and offer a free initial case evaluation with no obligations.
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