Hearing Vision Loss Lawsuits in North Carolina
Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Representation
Accident victims, in addition to their other injuries, may suffer long-term problems with their vision or hearing. Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of this, particularly when the occupant experiences a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries may also result from falls or falling objects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says roughly 1.4 million Americans endure brain injuries every year.
Common Eye Injuries
Eye injuries can be caused in automobile accidents by broken glass, deployment of an airbag, impact to the head, flying debris, and more. Airbags inflate rapidly and can cause corneal damage, detachment of an eyeball, and retina-related problems. Generally, the injury will be immediately apparent after a collision.
Injuries that take several days to appear are likely complications, such as a detached retina or related to a cataract. After a motor vehicle accident, these are the most common eye injuries that were reported in emergency rooms in the U.S.:
- Foreign body in the eye
- Swelling of clotted blood
- Chemical burns
- Puncture wound
Most can be treated, but some eye injuries are more severe and may do permanent damage, including:
- Retinal detachment: The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye. It is sensitive to light, and passes visual signals to the brain through the optic nerve. If the retina becomes detached through violent shaking or a puncture wound, it can lead to blindness.
- Vitreous hemorrhage: The vitreous body is a clear and rubbery layer of tissue filling the eyeball, behind the lens and in front of the retina. Trauma to the head may cause bleeding from blood vessels near the eyes that leak into the vitreous, clouding a person’s vision.
- Optic nerve damage: Trauma to the head may create pressure on the optic nerve, which transmits visual data to the brain. When blood flow is restricted, the nerve may not properly function. Vision loss may be mild, moderate, or severe, and lead to blindness.
If you experience vision problems after a blow to the head or eye, seek prompt medical attention.
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