Accidents can be life-altering events. Among the various injuries that can occur after an accident, vision and hearing loss are particularly devastating—they’re considered “catastrophic injuries.” If you or a loved one has experienced vision or hearing problems due to someone else’s negligence, it’s crucial to understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation.
Causes of vision and hearing loss after an accident
Vision and hearing loss can result from a variety of accidents. Common causes include:
- Car accidents: Concussions, retinal tears and detachment are some of the eye injuries associated with car accidents. If you have blurry vision, flashes of light in either or both eyes or loss of peripheral vision, see a doctor immediately. Hearing loss can be caused by head injuries, severe whiplash or even blunt force trauma from airbags deploying.
- Workplace accidents: Accidents on the job can lead to vision and hearing problems, especially in industries with high-risk activities or exposure to loud noises.
- Slip and fall accidents: Serious falls can result in head injuries that affect both vision and hearing, often from ruptured ear drums, tissue damage, restricted blood flow to the cochlea or broken bones in and around the ear.
- Medical malpractice: Negligence during medical procedures or surgeries can lead to mistakes, which in turn may lead to vision or hearing loss.
What kind of compensation can a plaintiff recover for vision and hearing loss?
If you’ve suffered vision or hearing loss due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may pursue a personal injury claim. Compensation sought in such cases may cover:
- Medical expenses, both present and future
- Rehabilitative care to aid in recovery
- Vision devices and implants
- Special equipment like eyewear, canes and home modifications
- Guide dogs or support animals for assistance
- Lost income and reduced future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering experienced due to the injury
- Lowered quality of life as a result of the accident.
Vision and hearing loss cases can be complex, especially when pre-existing conditions are involved. The impact of an accident on existing impairments may be difficult to quantify. The Law Offices of Tim Misny can work with medical experts to determine the extent of your injuries and the long-term implications on your life and career. Pursuing a personal injury claim is often the path to obtaining the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost income, reduced quality of life and more.
Discuss your claim with an Ohio personal injury attorney today
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your vision or hearing loss claim. If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 614-9524 so that I can evaluate your case right away.