We often take the ability to see for granted. We rely on our eyes for nearly every task we do. When your ability to see is impaired, your world can be turned upside-down. Unfortunately, eye injuries are not uncommon in Miami accidents. If someone else is responsible for causing your eye injury the attorneys at Lavent Law can help you get the money you deserve. Contact our Miami personal injury attorneys to find out how we can maximize your financial award. Your first consultation is free, so call us today to learn more.
- 1 What is an Eye Injury?
- 2 Causes of Eye Injuries
- 3 Damages Available to Eye Injury Victims
- 4 Filing a Timely Eye Injury Claim
- 5 Shared Responsibility for Your Eye Injury
- 6 Call Lavent Law Today for a Free Consultation
What is an Eye Injury?
Eye injuries happen more frequently than you may think. In fact, there are approximately 2.4 million reported eye injuries in the United States every year. The eyes are an incredibly delicate organ and susceptible to injury. Any damage or harm to the eye can be classified as an eye injury, including:
- Chemical burns
- Surface abrasions
- Scar tissue in the retina (macular puckers)
- Tearing of the iris or pupil (hyphema), and
- Corneal lacerations.
Causes of Eye Injuries
Every day, approximately 285 people across the country will suffer an eye injury. Statistics show that foreign objects are the most common cause of eye injuries. In fact, foreign objects account for more than one-third of all reported eye injuries. Approximately 25 percent of eye injuries are the result of open wounds and contusion. Burns are also a leading cause of eye injuries.
Eye injuries are commonly reported as a result of:
Most eye injuries actually happen in the workplace. In fact, 2,000 workers suffer an eye injury every day. Workers employed in certain hands-on industries are at the greatest risk of sustaining an eye injury. These include:
- Welding, and
Approximately 10-20 percent of injured workers will experience temporary or permanent loss of vision.
If you suffer an eye injury at work you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. You may also be able to recover damages from a negligent third-party, such as the manufacturer of a defective tool. Navigating a workplace injury claim can be difficult. Call Lavent Law for help today.
Car accidents can be incredibly violent. During an accident, it is not uncommon for victims to suffer eye injuries because of flying debris and shrapnel. The debris is likely to cause surface abrasions and punctures. Bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists are at an increased risk of suffering an eye injury.
Premises Liability Accidents
Eye injuries often happen on property that is open to the public. This can include restaurants, swimming pools, and amusement parks. When you are on someone else’s property you have the right to be safe. If property owners do not take precautions to protect you from debris or dangerous conditions, they can liable for your eye injury.
Defective products can pose a serious threat to your safety. Each year, approximately 125,000 eye injuries are caused because of accidents involving defective household products. Companies who put dangerous products on the market can and should be held responsible for your eye injury.
More than 3.3 million vehicles have been recalled because they may contain defective airbags. These airbags tend to explode without warning and send metal shrapnel flying through the vehicle. Eye injuries are among those reported most frequently after a defective airbag deploys.
Have you suffered an eye injury in a Miami accident? Are you experiencing pain or having difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes? You may be entitled to compensation from the person responsible for your injury. Call Lavent Law to learn about your legal options.
Damages Available to Eye Injury Victims
An injury to your eyes can have immediate and long-lasting consequences. In addition to being extremely painful, an injury to your eye can impair your vision. Losing the ability to see can significantly affect your ability to work. Medical bills will add up quickly. If you can’t work, your loss of income will only increase the financial pressures you experience.
Most of us do not have enough saved away to cover all of the financial costs of an eye injury. Filing a personal injury lawsuit will not guarantee a full recovery. However, the money you get from your lawsuit can be incredibly helpful in reducing the financial burdens of your accident and injury.
At Lavent Law, our Miami personal injury lawyers will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. We will work with experts to determine the extent of your injury and value of your case. We will fight to get money to compensate for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Medical aids and devices
- Nursing care
- Chronic pain
- Emotional suffering
- Disfigurement, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Call Lavent Law today to schedule your free case assessment. We will review the details of your accident, determine who is to blame, and outline your legal options.
Filing a Timely Eye Injury Claim
It is important to file a personal injury claim as soon as you can after you suffer an eye injury. Florida limits the amount of time you can take legal action. The statute of limitations for bodily injury claims is 4 years from the date of your accident. If you don’t file your claim within this 4-year period, you will be prevented from getting the money you deserve. Call Lavent Law after your accident to make sure that your claim is filed on time.
Accidents can happen for many reasons. Sometimes it will be very clear that only one person is to blame. Others, more than one person may play a role in an injury-causing accident. In Florida, anyone who contributes to your injury can be responsible for damages. Each person is simply responsible up to their own degree of fault.
What happens when you contribute to your own eye injury? Perhaps you weren’t wearing corrective eyewear at work. Or, maybe you were speeding and helped cause your accident. In Miami, your own fault will not prevent you from getting the money you deserve. However, there are two things you need to know.
First, contributing to your eye injury will reduce the total compensation you can recover. If you were 25 percent at-fault, your financial award will be reduced by that amount. So, if you suffered $100,000 in damages, you would be able to get a maximum of $75,000.
Second, you can be responsible for damages sustained by others in the accident. If you were 25 percent at fault, you would be on the hook for 25 percent of another victim’s damages.
It is incredibly important to hire an experienced Miami personal injury lawyer when you are partially at-fault for your eye injury. Your attorney will work tirelessly to minimize your role in the accident and shift blame to others. The smaller your role, the more compensation you can ultimately recover. Call Lavent Law to schedule your free case evaluation today.
Call Lavent Law Today for a Free Consultation
Have you recently suffered an eye injury in a Miami accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Miami personal injury attorneys at Lavent Law for help. Our attorneys know that an eye injury can be incredibly painful and emotionally overwhelming. We will fight to maximize the financial award you receive. Contact our Miami office today to schedule your free case assessment.