Fighting for Victims of Vision Loss in Colorado
Most of us take our ability to see for granted. Sadly, just one incident can cause serious injuries to the eyes and damage to the brain, resulting in a reduced or total loss of vision. Vision loss carries with it numerous consequences that impact the rest of a person’s life.
When these kinds of injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, it is possible to hold that person accountable for what he or she has done. A lawsuit will allow you to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and future expenses, including loss of potential wages and opportunities. You may not even realize all the issues that will arise over the years due to a serious eye injury, which is why you need a top Denver personal injury attorney to represent you.
If you or a loved one has suffered vision loss due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for what has happened. Call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 502-5587 and find out how we can help.
Common Causes of Eye Injuries
People can suffer serious eye injuries in a variety of situations. How the damage was caused will impact who can be held liable for your bills. Some common causes of serious eye injuries include:
- Workplace accidents: Eye injuries are a particular danger for people who work in construction: those who use welding torches, handle dangerous chemicals, or move building materials around the site.
- Accidents in the home: Eye injuries in the home are possible when handling chemicals, like powerful cleaners, or if construction work is being performed.
- Sports accidents: Blunt force trauma from recreational activities can cause long-term eye damage. This can include things like a ball, bat, or another player making impact with a person’s eyes.
- Vehicle collisions: Car crashes create numerous opportunities for serious eye injuries, especially when broken glass or other objects are flying about during a collision.
- Violent crimes: Some eye injuries are caused by an act of violence committed by one person toward another. This can include assault with a weapon, physical assault without a weapon, and attacks using acid or other chemicals.
Consequences of Eye Injuries
Any amount of vision loss will have a tremendous impact on a person’s life – which is why it is considered a catastrophic injury. For example, eye injuries can result in some of the following:
- Loss of work
- Loss of future employment opportunities
- Medical bills for ongoing treatment
- Inability to drive or perform other tasks
- Psychological consequences (depression, etc.)
All of these consequences can create difficulty with personal relationships, as well.
Compensation for Your Injuries
In Colorado, there are three different types of damages a person can recover in a personal injury lawsuit. They are:
- Economic damages: These are the actual costs of the injury, such as medical bills, lost wages, and future medical expenses. They are not capped for a personal injury case.
- Noneconomic damages: These are losses that do not have a direct financial value and include things like emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. In Colorado, there is a cap on noneconomic damages, which is typically adjusted for inflation.
- Physical impairment: This would include any kind of disfigurement caused by the accident as well as the loss of vision. There is no cap on the damages you can receive due to a physical impairment.
If someone else caused your eye injury, you should immediately speak to a lawyer. Every state has time limits, called statutes of limitations, in which you must file a claim. If you don’t, you may lose your ability to get compensation altogether. Call an experienced Denver accident lawyer at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, to discuss your case. Our number is (303) 502-5587, and if we represent you, we will take no fee until we recover full and fair compensation for you.