Impaired Vision & Blindness
Types of Sight Loss & Blindness
Vision loss – partial or complete—results from both natural and man-made events.
Natural causes for lost eyesight are diverse and include:
- Genetic predisposition to retinitis pigmentosa or glaucoma
- Natural aging conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts
- By-products of long-term illnesses like diabetic retinopathy
- Incurable diseases like Stargardt, a common cause of juvenile blindness
Accidental loss of sight or blindness (where another party is negligent or at fault) results from physiological damage to the eye itself and/or damage to the nerves and visual pathways between the eye and the brain. Physical trauma to the head and serious brain injuries are among the primary reasons for vision loss in adults.
Children have a high incidence rate of accidental vision loss from:
- Acquired glaucoma, which results from trauma, surgery or drugs.
- Eye injuries that occur while playing “high-risk” sports. Baseball is the leading cause of eye injuries for children ages 5-14, with basketball the leading cause among sports for 15-24 year olds. Also categorized as high-risk sports are lacrosse, racquetball, hockey, football, and soccer.
Legal remedies can be sought for serious eye injuries, whether the lost vision is partial or complete, temporary or permanent. Our goal is to help you recover appropriate compensation for the financial, emotional and physical impact of your losses. If you or a loved one needs a loss of eyesight attorney call us for a free consultation.