Tryk Law - Accident Injury Attorneys handle Vision Loss Cases
Vision Impairment Injuries- Types & Common Causes
There are a couple different types of vision impairment cases that we see more often in personal injury cases. One results from basically a trauma coming in direct contact with an injury victim’s eye. These are more common in products liability cases. The most recent vision loss case we were involved in was a products liability case involving a balloon launcher that struck a passerby in the eye which consequently resulted in nearly 100% vision loss in one eye.
Products liability cases yield vision loss more often because many companies make items that are designed as projectiles, thus it is more common in these types of cases. The other common vision loss cases are more complicated because they stem from neurological deficits or impairment.
Neurological vision impairment is loss of vision resulting from an acquired brain injury (ABI VI). Damage to the areas of the brain that are responsible for sight is involved. The many causes include stroke, brain tumor, head injury and infections such as meningitis. ABI VI used to be called cortical visual impairment and cortical blindness.
Our eyes deliver information on the world around us to various parts of the brain via nerves that detect light. The occipital cortex, situated at the rear of the brain, processes the information and allows us to see’ distance, shape, movement and color.
The type and severity of vision loss depend on which area of the brain was affected and to what degree. In some cases, the impairment may improve with time – for example, children with ABI VI tend to experience improvement as they grow older.
Symptoms and signs of ABI VI depend on the kind of vision impairment the person has, but may include:
- Blurry or Hazy Vision;
- Double Vision;
- Knocking or Bumping into Things;
- Problems with Balance or Depth Perception;
- Photophobia (problems with bright light);
- Problems seeing an object that is obvious to other people;
- Partial loss of the visual field (half of the visual field in each eye or a quarter of the
- visual field in each eye);
- Loss of central vision.
Some of the many causes of ABI VI can include:
Stroke - Where part of the brain is damaged by a hemorrhage or blockage in a blood vessel of the brain;
Traumatic Brain Injury – For example, following a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, construction accident, fall from height, pedestrian accident, or any other trauma where the head and brain sustain blunt force
Infection - Such as meningitis or cytomegalovirus;
Lack of Oxygen - Such as near-drowning or a heart attack, which can interrupt the flow of blood to the brain;
Disease - Such as a brain tumor or multiple sclerosis.;
A Range of Vision Impairments
Some of the different kinds of vision impairment caused by brain injury include:
Visual Field Deficits – such as homonymous hemianopia, when one half of the visual field in each eye is missing.
Double Vision (diplopia) this is where a single object is seen as two and cannot be merged together.
Fluctuating Vision – this means the impairment is variable; for example, the person may be able to see something one day, but not the next.
Visual Acuity Problems – difficulties with seeing clearly or interpreting what is seen.
Eye Movement Problems – for example, jittery eye movements or the tendency of the eyes to flicker around when the person is trying to look steadily at something (nystagmus).
Strabismus (squint) one eye (or both) is Unable to Align Properly – For Example, it may turn inwards or outwards.
Valuation of Vision Impairment Injury Cases in California
The median for the loss of vision in one eye in California is $231,000. These numbers are a bit misleading I think because most loss of vision cases are products liability cases. Many products liability cases have questionable liability which decreases the average and median recoveries. If liability is not an issue, the values of these cases are much higher. Also, the median is simply for loss of vision and does not include a full blown Traumatic Brain Injury case, which will yield much higher verdicts typically.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of Vision Loss or Impairment Injuries resulting from the fault of another person or company, Tryk Law – Accident Injury Attorneys are available to discuss your potential case. Just call our office to speak with an attorney at 559-840-3240. You can also fill out our online questionnaire by clicking here which usually provides us with enough information to evaluate your case. If you fill out the accident questionnaire online, we will follow up with you within 24 hours to discuss the matter with you.5598403240
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