Eye injuries can be both painful and debilitating
Serious car accidents in Delaware often cause severe injuries. And among some of the most serious injuries sustained in car crashes are eye injuries. Suddenly, you or a loved one might have blurred vision due to a head injury caused by a rear-end accident on I-95 or another highway in Delaware. Or perhaps you have an orbital fracture or even permanent blindness due to a head-on collision at a busy intersection in Georgetown.
Whatever the circumstances of your car accident, it’s important that you seek immediate medical treatment at the nearest hospital or doctor’s office. It’s also important that you fully understand your legal rights and options. Otherwise, you might not get the money you rightfully deserve for your injury-related expenses.
What are common eye injuries due to car accidents?
Serious eye injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents can cover a wide range. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), some of the most serious eye injuries include lacerations (cuts) to the eye. Other common eye injuries include:
- Corneal abrasion – A medical term for a scratch sustained on the cornea, which is located on the front of the eye.
- Global rupture – An eye injury involving an object piercing the eyeball’s outer membrane.
- Detached retina – When the lining on the back of the eye (known as the retina) becomes separated from the back of the eye.
- Orbital fracture – A broken bone to one of the bones surrounding the eye socket.
- Orbital blowout – A type of orbital fracture in which an object strikes the eye and fractures the bones around the eye.
- Hyphema – Bleeding in the eye, specifically in the space located between the iris and the cornea.
If not treated promptly, some eye injuries can result in blindness. This is why it’s important to get checked out after a car accident and see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) right away if you experience any loss of vision or pain in the eye.
How do car accidents cause eye injuries?
Eye injuries caused by car accidents often occur because an object pierced or cut the eye as a result of the accident. Examples can include:
- Debris from an exploding car airbag hitting the eye.
- Shattered glass from a car windshield penetrating the eye.
- Head injuries, especially if someone’s head hits the dashboard or another part of the car, resulting in a related eye injury.
- Other flying objects in the vehicle hitting someone’s head or eye, resulting in a serious eye injury.
Get the compensation your eye injury deserves
At the Law Office of Edward C. Gill, P.A., we know what’s at stake when you've been injured in an accident that was not your fault—and that's not something we take lightly. That’s because we have been fighting for Delaware crash victims since 1983. When you have our dedicated legal team on your side, we put our knowledge, experience, and resources to work for you to get the results you need and deserve. If you’ve suffered an eye injury in a Delaware crash, contact our law firm for a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer.