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November 30, 2017

Car Accidents Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries

Personal Injury Lawyer in PA

The number of Philadelphia car accidents—as well as car accidents statewide—has been increasing. In fact, as recently as 2015, Philadelphia County reported the largest number of personal injury car crashes and the largest number of fatal car crashes. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOT), which releases an annual statewide report about the number of car accidents, deaths, and injuries in the Commonwealth, car accident cases have steadily increased each year.

In large part, these car accidents are the result of reckless and careless driving on many of the multi-lane, high-speed highways and other roadways in the greater Philadelphia area. When car accidents occur at high rates of speed, serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries and damages can result. In some cases, these serious injuries may include permanent eye injuries.

If you sustained eye injuries in a car accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence, the experienced Philadelphia car accident attorneys at The Levin Firm are ready to assist with your case. Our experienced car accident attorneys can meet to discuss the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, negotiate a settlement offer with the insurance company, and represent you in court, if necessary.

Common Causes of Serious Philadelphia Car Accidents

Philadelphia car accidents can lead to serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries—including permanent eye injuries—in many ways. The most statistically common causes of serious car accidents in the Philadelphia area include:

  • Disobeying or disregarding traffic laws, signs, signals, and traffic control devices
  • Failing to appreciate and account for hazardous road conditions
  • Reckless, careless, and negligent driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

When drivers drive in careless or reckless ways, serious injuries can result, including to the eyes. Most eye injuries that result from serious car accidents come about as a result of trauma, including direct contact with a vehicle’s steering wheel, airbag, or broken glass. Common trauma-related eye injuries sustained in Philadelphia car accidents include:

  • Corneal abrasions – These injuries involve damage to the eyes’ surfaces, can result in significant amounts of pain, and can seriously harm a person’s long-term vision.
  • Lacerations – Lacerations usually take the form of small cuts on the eye or on the eyelid and can cause serious eye damage.
  • Orbital fractures – Orbital fractures occur when the bone around a person’s eye breaks.
  • Chemical burns – In some car accidents, an accident victim’s exposure to the powder used in airbags causes chemical burns to the eyes. These burns can be extremely painful and have the potential to inflict permanent eye damage.

If you suspect that you sustained an eye injury in a Philadelphia motor vehicle accident, seek prompt medical attention as soon as possible after your accident.

Proving Liability and Medical Damages

For an injured car accident victim to recover compensation for serious injuries and damages—including to the eyes—ordinarily, the injured plaintiff must prove negligence on the part of the at-fault driver.

Specifically, the injured plaintiff must demonstrate that the at-fault driver had a duty to act as a reasonably prudent and careful driver under the circumstances; that the at-fault driver breached this duty of care, such as by speeding, failing to yield the right-of-way, or otherwise driving in a careless or reckless manner, and that this breach resulted in the accident victim’s injuries and damages.

The accident victim has the burden of proving the existence and severity of eye injuries, and insurance adjusters can be extremely difficult to work with. Whenever an accident victim seeks compensation for a catastrophic eye injury, the insurance company will likely downplay the seriousness and extent of the injury or injuries and will look for other possible causes of the injury or impairment, such as:

  • Prior eye surgeries
  • Degenerative findings on imaging studies
  • Preexisting medical conditions
  • Prior injuries
  • Diagnosed degenerative eye conditions
  • Prior motor vehicle or motorcycle accidents

Since the eye has many delicate nerves and bones, an eye doctor oftentimes must offer expert medical testimony at a deposition or trial to prove the existence and extent of an eye injury. An expert medical provider may testify about the accident victim’s medical treatment, the permanent nature of the injury or injuries sustained, and objective findings garnered from observations and permanency evaluations. All of this expert medical testimony can potentially increase the amount of compensation available to a car accident victim.

In a car accident case, the injured accident victim also has the burden of connecting injuries and damages to the car accident. In other words, the injured plaintiff must show that the injuries and damages sustained would not have occurred but for the accident. An expert medical provider, such as an eye doctor, must connect the eye injury to the subject motor vehicle accident.

Contact a Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney Today for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation

If you have sustained an eye injury in a car accident that directly resulted from someone else’s negligence, the experienced Philadelphia car accident attorneys at The Levin Firm are ready and willing to assist with your case.

Remember that insurance companies are not on your side and want to pay out as little money as possible to settle your personal injury claim. Our experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers have what it takes to hold insurance companies accountable and negotiate a fair settlement of your car accident case. If insurance companies fail to offer fair settlements, our experienced attorneys welcome the opportunity to litigate your case or take it directly to trial if necessary.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Philadelphia car accident lawyer, please call us at (215) 825-5183 or contact us online.

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