Over six million people in the United States suffer from blindness, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Maryland is home for over 100,000 blind individuals, Virginia 140,000 and Washington D.C. over 13,000. Many of these individuals have lost their sight as a result of a traumatic injury.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur annually, and 50,000 people will permanently lose part or all of their vision as a result. These injuries can be the result of:
Experienced legal counsel can help in recovering your losses after a blindness injury. Attorney Bruce A. Blaylock has dedicated his career to helping those seriously and catastrophically injured piece their lives back together through the legal process, and has a strong reputation for honesty and integrity.
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Total blindness is a perception of darkness and the inability to perceive light. A complete lack of sight is not necessary to meet the legal definition of blindness, and there are various degrees and types of blindness. For example, monocular vision, or the loss of one eye, is a type of blindness that affects depth perception
The federal definition for blindness is visual acuity of 20/200 or less with the use of corrective lenses, according to the National Federation of the Blind. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) defines vision loss in part as a visual impairment that limits a major life activity.
Common symptoms of visual impairment and blindness include:
The two main types of trauma associated with the eye that can result in vision loss include blunt trauma and penetrating trauma. Blunt trauma results from a direct strike to the eye from an object. Penetrating trauma results when an object strikes the eye and penetrates the organ itself.
Blindness injuries can also arise from other types of injuries, such as a head injury. Head trauma can cause retinal detachment, a vitreous hemorrhage or even optic nerve damage. The damage to the optic nerve can be severe enough to result in complete blindness.
Regardless of the cause, the victims of eye injuries can face serious and long-term consequences. Almost half of all eye injuries occur in people between the ages of eighteen and forty-five.
According to a study published in the Review of Ophthalmology, the likelihood of future problems increases dramatically once an individual has undergone an eye injury. Some long-term complications that can arise following an injury include glaucoma, cataracts and peripheral retinal tear.
Perhaps the most difficult obstacle to overcome after a blinding injury is the adjustment required to the new way of life. Many of the things we take for granted are no longer available to a victim of a blinding injury.
A blindness injury victim may no longer be able to perform the following tasks:
These tasks and more carry an intangible value for all of us.
The law allows those who have been permanently injured due to someone else’s behavior the ability to recover for their losses. The victim of an eye injury can recover for their past and future medical expenses, their lost wages and loss of earning capacity in the future if they can no longer perform their job. They can be compensated for any disfigurement, and for their physical pain and emotional anguish related to their injury.
Attorney Bruce A. Blaylock and his legal team can help you recover for your injury. Mr. Blaylock adheres to a high level of ethics, and he works diligently for his clients. His reputation among insurance companies for honesty and professionalism are just a few of the reasons that Mr. Blaylock is able to settle more than 85 percent of his cases without ever having to file a lawsuit.
His dedication to client service shows in the source for most of his new cases, which come from referrals from his past clients.
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