Loss of vision in one or both eyes is a traumatic and painful experience. Any interference with an individual’s ability to see can affect every aspect of his or her daily life. Even minor injuries to the eyes can leave long-term complications for the victim to deal with. Individuals who suffer from eye injuries deal with an extraordinary amount of physical, emotional, and psychological stress. If you or someone close to you has suffered vision loss or an injury to the eye, you have the right to seek compensation.
Eye injuries can occur in a variety of ways, ranging from automobile accidents to slip and falls to animal bites. In some cases, eye injuries happen due to mistakes or errors in medical procedures. Victims can suffer from a number of eye injuries, such as detached retina, eye laceration, blindness, cornea injuries, chemical burns to the eye, orbital fractures, and more.
If you suffer an eye injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, you will be able to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a negligence lawsuit against the at-fault party. The principle of negligence mandates that individuals use reasonable care when acting. Reasonable care refers to a standard of behavior that is sensible or prudent. The idea behind negligence is to take reasonable precautions in one’s actions or omissions to prevent foreseeable harm to others. In order to establish negligence, a plaintiff has to establish four elements. The defendant must have owed the plaintiff a duty of care to act reasonably, the defendant must have breached the duty of care by acting unreasonably, the accident or occurrence must have happened because of the defendant’s breach, and the plaintiff must have suffered harm or injury to the eye as a result. Continue reading →