Your eyes are sensitive and delicate. Injuries to them could result in significant medical bills and loss of income. Eye injuries include retinal injuries, partial or total loss of vision, occipital nerve injuries, hyphema, subconjunctival hemorrhages, black eyes, dramatic iritis, orbital fractures, and corneal abrasions. If you sustained an eye injury due to the fault of someone else, you may be able to recover damages through a lawsuit. The Atlanta eye injury lawyers at Van Sant Law may be able to represent you.Eye Injuries
The treatment that you get at the accident scene and in the emergency room can have an impact on your eye injuries. After a truck crashes into you, for example, glass in the vehicle windows may shatter and damage your eyes. Or an accident may result in trauma to your eye because of a collision with an object in the car. Emergency personnel should take immediate precautions, such as wrapping your eye or flushing debris out of your eye at the scene. When eye injuries lead to vision loss, blindness, or impaired vision, it may not be possible to go back to work, and additional care may be needed. These outcomes can be expensive; it may be important to retain an attorney and file a lawsuit for damages.Liability
You may be able to recover compensation for your eye injuries if you can prove fault. In most motor vehicle accident cases, an eye injury attorney in Atlanta will need to show another driver’s negligence to establish fault. Usually, eye injuries in motor vehicle accidents result from a failure to use reasonable care. What constitutes reasonable care depends on the circumstances.
Failing to use reasonable care in a car could include speeding, tailgating, failing to yield, failing to obey traffic signs or signals, weaving, texting while driving, distracted driving, or drunk driving. In some cases, a police report can help establish a driver's negligence.
If you were injured by a dangerous condition on someone else's property, you will need to prove slightly different things. All property owners in Georgia owe a duty to visitors to keep the property reasonably safe. The extent of this duty depends on the visitor's reason for being on the property. The highest duty of care is owed to those invited onto the property for business purposes. With a premises liability lawsuit, you also need to show that the property owner had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition that caused your eye injuries. For example, if there was a glass object on the floor of a restaurant, and you tripped over it, so it broke apart and flew into your eyes, your Atlanta eye injury attorney would need to show that the restaurant owner knew or should have known about the glass object over which you tripped.Damages
If we can establish a defendant's liability for your eye injuries, we may be able to recover compensation on your behalf. Losses that you may be able to recover as damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of income, lost earning capacity, medical bills, and replacement services. The severity of your eye injuries will determine the amount of damages.
Georgia follows the rule that a plaintiff must mitigate their damages; this means that you cannot refuse a reasonable chance to decrease your losses related to the eye injuries. If you do not mitigate your damages, your reward will be reduced to the amount that you would have gotten had you chosen to mitigate. For example, if you suffer severe corneal abrasions that result in blindness and stop you from returning to your job as a graphic designer, but you received a job offer to do a different job that would not be affected by your vision loss, your damages would be reduced by the amount that you would have earned if you had taken the job that was offered.Retain an Eye Injury Lawyer in Atlanta
If you sustain eye injuries in an accident caused by someone else, you should discuss what happened with the seasoned personal injury attorneys at Van Sant Law. We have offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Athens, Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, and Gainesville, and we represent clients throughout Georgia. Our law firm is adapting and safety-conscious, so we can sign up your lawsuit electronically without face-to-face interaction when needed. However, we can visit you in your home if you prefer. Call us at 855-GA-INJURY or complete our online form.