Vision Loss After a Car Crash – Is it a Claim?

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on October 21, 2022 in Car Accidents
Updated on April 24, 2024

eye problems after a crashTraffic accidents may cause victims to suffer multiple injuries. One common injury from a car crash that gets less attention involves damage to the eye or vision loss.

Learn more about the types of eye injuries victims may suffer in a car crash.

If you are having any type of vision issues after being involved in a crash, you should seek immediate medical care. Once your injuries are stabilized, we also recommend seeking legal help.

At PKSD, our Milwaukee-area auto accident lawyers are ready to help. If you suffered an injury that is affecting your vision, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages. Contact our firm to discuss your situation and find out if you may have legal options. There is no cost for this meeting and no obligation to file a claim.

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How Can You Injure Your Eye in a Car Crash?

There are many ways to sustain an eye injury while being tossed around during a collision. This could happen, for example, if you hit your head on the dashboard, car door or steering wheel. When a vehicle crashes, it could also release glass, metal or plastic shards into the air that could hit or penetrate your eye.

What Eye Injuries or Vision Problems May Result From a Car Crash?

Eye pain or vision changes could be the result of bruising or it could indicate a symptom of a severe injury. Waiting to seek treatment could result in permanent damage or vision loss.

Some of the most common eye injuries or vision problems that may result from a car crash include:

Orbital Fracture

An orbital fracture is when the eye socket bone, which provides support and structure around your eye, breaks. These fractures may or may not need surgery to repair the damage. Symptoms you may have an orbital fracture include blurry vision and sensitivity to light. However, victims with this injury may also experience:

  • Double vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Bruising around the eyes
  • Facial numbness and pain
  • Nausea that becomes worse by moving your eyes
  • Swelling in the affected area

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a lot of symptoms, including those that can affect your vision, such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Chronic headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Changes in your sense of smell

The mistake many victims make after a head or eye injury is thinking the symptoms will disappear on their own. However, there is no way of knowing how severe they are – or what they are – until you get examined by a doctor and find out what is going on. A TBI requires treatment; it will not resolve on its own. The earlier you get that medical care, the more you improve your chances for a full recovery.

Retinal Detachment

This type of eye injury is definitely not something you want to ignore. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent vision loss, including blindness.

Retinal detachment can occur if something hits your eye or your eye smashes into an object. That type of sudden impact could cause the thin tissue that supports the retina to tear away. If this occurs, the remaining tissue gets deprived of oxygen.

Symptoms of retinal detachment also include sensitivity to light and blurry or double vision. However, this injury also presents with sudden flashes of light or floaters in your field of vision.

If you experience any of these symptoms you should immediately seek medical attention. A detached retina needs immediate surgery to prevent permanent damage and vision loss.

Additional eye injuries that are common in a car crash include:

  • Chemical burns
  • Foreign objects lodged in the eye
  • Eyelid lacerations
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Bleeding in the eye

The possibility of injury is one reason why we always recommend seeking medical attention after a car crash. It is also critical to discuss your injuries with your doctor and explain your symptoms.

Seeking Compensation for Eye Injuries or Vision Problems After a Crash

Having impaired vision, even temporarily, significantly impacts an injured victim’s ability to do things independently. Driving, working and doing many other routine activities may become difficult or impossible while healing.

If you suffered an eye injury because of another driver’s negligence, we encourage you to seek legal help. You may be eligible to seek significant compensation for the damages, which could include:

  • Surgery or other necessary medical treatments
  • Impaired vision
  • Lost wages while you recover and are unable to work
  • Disfigurement or permanent scarring
  • Physical therapy
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • And more

Call to Discuss Your Eye Injuries From a Car Crash Today

At PKSD, we have a team of qualified legal professionals ready to get to work on your case. We are prepared to contact the liable insurance company, handle your paperwork and investigate the crash that caused your injuries. We have decades of experience, and we have recovered millions for our clients.

Deadlines apply to legal claims, so it is important that you do not delay. Not sure if you have a claim? You can discuss your situation in a completely free case review. If we represent you, there is nothing to pay us up front or unless we win your case.

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