Losing one’s vision, either partially or wholly, is one of the most heart-wrenching life changes an individual can possibly endure. Not only does it mean that life as one used to experience it is over, but now the sight-impaired individual will be reliant upon others for so many of their day-to-day activities. In many cases an individual loses their eyesight due to the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another. If an individual’s blindness was caused by another’s negligent actions, the responsible party must be held accountable for their conduct. The blinded person can pursue compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit. The Sacramento Law Firm of Shepard & Haven represents victims of those who have lost their vision in motor vehicle accidents, altercations, defective product mishaps and other cases. A complimentary case evaluation is available and the attorneys at Shepard & Haven will be glad to meet you at your location.
Facts and Information About Vision Loss
Amongst the many reasons for eye loss, the following four prevail:
- Age-related macular degeneration, this irreversible central vision loss affects those over 50 in the U.S.
- Glaucoma – this is the second most common form of blindness in the U.S. and the leading cause in African Americans
- Diabetic Retinopathy – complication due to diabetes
- Cataract – clouding of the lens, resulting in blurry vision
Human Error in Road Accidents
- “According to one comprehensive study of road safety, it was found that human error was the sole cause in up to 57% of all accidents and was a contributing factor in over 90% …
- In contrast, only 2.4% were due solely to mechanical fault and 4.7% were caused only by environmental factors.”
- Source: Marc Green, Ph.D.
One can deduce that large numbers of car accidents resulting in blindness and vision loss have much to do with driver error. If the negligent party is at fault, they may be liable for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Of course, vision is priceless – what possible price can be placed on one’s vision?
Compensatory Damages for Vision Loss
It is absolutely essential to retain a lawyer who will fight for your rights – to obtain the ultimate compensation possible – if you lost your vision in a car accident or other incident that was due to another’s actions. Compensation may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Hospital bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of income and projected income
- Learning to cope with the disability of blindness
- Having a home that accommodates a sightless individual
- Around the clock care, at least as long as it is needed
- Many other aspects
Complimentary Consultation with Sacramento Personal Injury Firm Shepard & Haven – No Legal Fees Unless We Win
Of course, losing one’s sight is an extremely tragic and gut-wrenching experience. The blinded person must learn to live on, one way or another. Thankfully, there have been great strides in computer technology that enable the sightless to embark upon new careers and do what was unimaginable in recent past years. The Law Firm of Shepard & Haven are plaintiff’s rights attorneys and they will make sure that every possible legal advantage is given to their clients as they seek compensation for damages for loss of sight. If a generous settlement is not reached with the insurance providers, Shepard & Haven will take the case before court, judge and jury, seeking the ultimate amount of damages possible. To schedule your complimentary case review, call 866-986-1510.