Minneapolis Eye Injury Lawyer
Your eyes are the key to your soul. However, they are much more than that. Many people do not realize the importance of their eyes until they have suffered from an eye injury. If you have lost sight in your eye or suffered through any eye trauma, then you will understand how this can negatively impact your quality of life. You may not be able to work; you may not be able to enjoy the simple pleasures in life; and you may have a mountain of rehabilitation, medication and specialists bills piling up.
Suffering from Eye Injury?
Most eye injuries are caused by accidents including the following:
- car accidents
- truck accidents
- sporting accidents
- workplace accidents
- Defective products
However, regardless of the cause, the outcome is most likely the same – a loss of quality of life on the emotional, physical and financial level. If this is the case, then you deserve financial compensation, especially if the accident was caused by someone else.
Eye Trauma Concerns
There are a number of accidents that can end up in an eye injury. Some of the common eye injuries that can result in a loss of vision among other devastating consequences include the following:
- Detached Retina
- Horner’s Syndrome
- Bell’s Palsy
Anisocoria Eye Injury
This occurs when the pupil sphincter is torn causing a permanent dilated pupil. What this means is that one pupil will be much larger than the other, causing disfigurement. Furthermore, it can cause retina damage as well as a sudden vision loss. In most instances, vision will return within 4 -6 weeks; however, the dilated pupil will remain. There are a number of ways to diagnose an anisocoria, including a CT scan and a MRI as well as several other expensive medical procedures. Furthermore, you will most likely be unable to see, let alone work when suffering from this traumatic eye injury. Anisocoria most often occurs in car or truck accidents when an air bag hits the face or eye area.
Detached Retina Eye Injury
Detached retina occurs when the thin fiber (called the retina) in the eye is detached from its normal position. A detached retina usually causes blurred vision or blindness if not treated immediately. You may need to have multiple surgeries in order to correct the problem. These surgeries include laser surgery, pneumatic retinopexy and a vitrectomy. You may also need to have your face restructured or a dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). All of these surgeries are expensive and come with their own risk factors including excessive bleeding and infection. Detached retina is often the result of a car accident.
Horner’s Syndrome and Bell’s palsy Eye Injuries
Horner’s Syndrome and Bell’s palsy are other eye injuries that most often occur after a heavy impact to the face area, such as during a car or truck accident. With Horner’s Syndrome, the nerves that travel from the brain to the eyes and face are damaged which can result in drooping eyelids, smaller pupil, and a receding eyeball. Bell’s palsy occurs when there is trauma to the 7th cranial nerve and results in a facial paralysis which can also result in dropping eyelids, drooling, and loss of taste, ear problems, nose problems, neck pain, facial spasms, headaches and facial swelling.