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San Bernardino Eye Injury Lawyers

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The law firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, San Bernardino has worked very hard for over thirty years to protect the legal rights of eye injury victims. They know that when you hire a lawyer, you want to be full partners in the process so they educate the client every step of the way, inform them of all their options and stay committed to winning to the maximum compensation due under the law. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation so a San Bernardino eye injury lawyer can answer your questions and discuss your case.

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With any injury, it is critical that you consult legal help quickly so as to ensure their ability to properly guide you along the way and investigate your case. Our San Bernardino law firm will also ensure that you are receiving proper medical treatment. Whether your eye injury happened at work, in public, at home, in an auto accident, while playing a sport or anywhere else, our work injury and personal injury law firm will start helping you today so please call us at (909) 436-4610.

Eye Injuries: Definition

The field of injuries to the eye includes a whole range of injury types and injury circumstances. In general, they are when the eye, eyelid or retina has been displaced, fractured, penetrated, perforated, burned by chemicals, cut, burned by UV rays, or scratched. Retaining one’s ability to see is the primary goal of most eye injury treatments. The majority of causes for injuries to the eyes can be split into two categories which are chemical and physical.

Chemical Causes of Eye Injury

The eye is designed to protect our eyes from foreign objects and substances as best it can with our eyelashes, our eyelids, its inset feature, and the eye’s automatically quick reflexes. The amount to which your eyes stings when a chemical gets in or touches your eye(s) does not actually directly relate to how much damage that foreign substance will cause our eye(s). Some basic (alkaline) chemicals do not cause much of a sting when they touch our eyes but they do quite a bit of damage. Basic chemicals have a high pH. They include many types of cement, cleaning fluids like most oven cleaners, metal polishes, lime, ammonia, and chalk dust.

Irritants are chemicals with a neutral pH (not basic or acidic). An example of an irritant is pepper spray. Acids have a low pH. They will cause the majority of their damage to the front of the eye. Some acids that cause eye injuries are hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, sulfurous acid, and nitric acid. A common injury to the eyes by an acid is when a car battery explodes and its battery acid sprays. In some cases, acid chemical eye injuries can be flushed out rather effectively.

Physical Causes of Eye Injury

As described above, our eyes are shaped to do their best to keep objects out of them. The following list, though, shows some physical causes for injuries to the eye(s) where the trauma is much greater than our eye’s natural defenses: skateboarding injuries, flying shards or pieces of glass, wood, metal, or brick, defective products, work injury, violence, fistfights, firecracker accidents, BB gun accidents, sports injuries like football eye injury, hockey eye injury, baseball/softball eye injury, tennis eye injury, racquetball eye injury, boxing eye injury, basketball eye injury, soccer eye injury, lacrosse eye injury, badminton eye injury, wrestling eye injury, or ice skating eye injury, paper eye scratches, fingernail eye scratches, car or automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, crosswalk accidents, and tripping, slipping and falling.

More Eye Injury Causes

Hot liquids, diseases, welding flashes, laser beams, corrosive fumes, and molten metal are more causes for eye injuries. For the best chance of full or partial recovery, it is crucial that you or a friend call a doctor or 911 as soon as it is possible after the eye injury.

Results

Serious injuries to our eyes can range from scratches to much worse. A non-penetrating eye trauma has happened when the eye is in place and intact after force or physical harm. Penetrating eye trauma has happened when an object has entered the eye. Perforating eye trauma has happened when an object has entered and exited the eye. A blowout fracture of the eye has happened when blunt forces (eg: a fist or a ball) has fractured the eye. Other effects of eye injuries include orbital fractures, blood in the eye, corneal abrasions, eyelid lacerations, arc eye, orbital fractures, snow blindness, traumatic optic neuropathy, and hemorrhaging. It is also possible for a flying object, blunt force, or a piece of equipment to poke the eye out. Some complications that arise due to eye injuries include corneal scarring, retinal detachment, and post-traumatic glaucoma. Traumatic Iritis is another result of a physical eye injury (like a poke or hit to the eye) and it is when the iris becomes inflamed.

Eye Injury while Working

Eye injuries happen frequently while someone is on the job. Due to that, we have helped many clients with their workers’ compensation claims for eye injuries suffered at work or while on the job site. Some of the most common causes for on the job eye injuries include: working with and around heavy objects, motorcycle accidents, car/automotive accidents, truck accidents, falling objects, conveyor belts, tractors, table saw accidents, slip, trip and fall injuries, mine equipment accidents and construction equipment accidents. Our San Bernardino work injury attorneys have been assisting workers’ compensation claims and personal injury cases for eye injuries since the late 1970s. We know how to investigate your injury case to look for a third party that is also at fault for your eye injury to maximize your compensation.

Symptoms of an Eye Injury

Eye injuries can hurt quite a bit, be life-altering and be disorienting for the eye injury victim. The symptoms of a possible eye injury include pain, tearing, bruising around the eye, double vision, eye redness, swelling, temporary blindness, inability to keep the eye open, sensitivity to light, and the inability or difficulty to move the injured eye.

Black Eyes

Black eyes are actually quite common. The dark color comes from the swelling that happens around the eye(s) after an injury to the head, face, or eyes. It does not directly signal an eye injury (but the eye could be injured as well). Black eyes are also called ecchymosis

Treatment for Eye Injuries

In the case of physical eye injuries, patches are a possible type of treatment. There are actually two types of patches: shield and pressure patches. Shield patches are utilized when the medical professionals have deemed it OK for the victim to open their eye under the patch and there is a desire to not put any pressure or tension on the injured eye. Pressure patches are used when the goal for the victim is that they keep tension on their eye and keep them from opening their eye. Stitching is another possible treatment for eye lacerations. Eye surgery may be called for if the eye or orbit has fractured or there are other more serious eye injuries. For chemical eye injuries, sterile water is usually utilized to flush the eyes.

Surgeries for Eye Injuries

There are many types of eye surgeries. Some of the more typical eye surgeries are canaloplasty, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, eye muscle surgery, corneal surgery, vitreo-retinal surgery, oculoplastic surgery (or reconstructing the eye), and eyelid surgery.

Detached Retina

Our retina interprets what we see with our eyes and converts those images into neural impulses that get sent to the brain. This very crucial part of the eye can peel off or become detached after an injury, trauma, or swelling. Without detached retinal surgery, the victim is very likely to become blind from a detached retina, so it is important to recognize the symptoms immediately. Some of the major indicators of a detached retina include: having a shadow appear in your peripheral vision, seeing a gray curtain moving across your field of vision, and a sudden increase in the number of floaters. Seek medical attention immediately and don’t hesitate to cal a San Bernardino eye injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Laser Eye Surgery – Complications

Laser eye surgeries are becoming very popular for people who want to rid themselves of their corrective glasses of contacts. There are even eye surgeries to repair astigmatism, to implant contact lenses, and much more. Even with improving technology and techniques, these eye procedures do not always go perfectly. Side-effects or failed eye surgeries can potentially be painful and may have adverse results on your vision and eyes (eg: double vision).

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Getting on the road to a real recovery might take just one phone. Call us today to setup your free consultation and case evaluation. We will discuss your case, your legal options and what our injury law firm could do for you and your family. We have helped thousands of people since 1979. We work for our clients on a contingency basis where you will not pay us or owe us anything unless and until we win your injury case.

The San Bernardino eye injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will come to you at your home or your hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We are available to meet during Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm but we will also meet you, by appointment, in the evening and on Saturdays and Sundays.

Law Firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo
San Bernardino, California
Call us today: (909) 436-4610