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The Los Angeles California eye injury lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo understand how devastating your eye injury might be for you. We have over thirty years of successful experience helping eye injury victims in California win their court cases and recover their maximum potential compensation under the law. We want to take the burden of the legal process off of your back so you can focus on healing, so speak with a Los Angeles eye injury attorney to know your legal options.
We are ready to start helping you and preparing your legal case. It is important to discuss your case early on with one of our experienced and ethical lawyers who know eye injury case law. We will also ensure that you are receiving the proper medical treatment that you deserve for your eye injury. Whether the eye injury happened at work, in public, at home, while playing a sport, in a car or motorized vehicle accident, or anywhere else, our work injury, workers’ compensation and personal injury law firm will work and fight just for you. Call us right now at (213) 416-2472.
Eye injuries are pain or harm to any part of the eyes. Usually, they are when the eyelid, eye, or retina has been penetrated, fractured, perforated, cut, burned by UV rays, burned by chemicals, scratched, or displaced. Being able to retain or protect as much of your ability to see as is medically possible is the first objective of most treatments for eye injuries. Eye injuries causes can be broken down into two main types: physical causes and chemical causes.
The eye’s structure and design has many natural defenses against minor injuries including its inset feature, the eyelids, the eyelashes, and the eye’s quick reflexes. The following, though, are injuries that get beyond those natural protections: work injury, flying shards or pieces of wood, metal, glass, or brick, fistfights, skateboarding injuries, violence, defective products, firecracker accidents, sports injuries like football eye injury, hockey eye injury, tennis eye injury, baseball/softball eye injury, racquetball eye injury, soccer eye injury, basketball eye injury, badminton eye injury, boxing eye injury, wrestling eye injury, lacrosse eye injury, or ice skating eye injury, bicycle accidents, car or automobile accidents, paper eye scratches, BB gun accidents, crosswalk accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and tripping, slipping and falling.
Chemicals can be quite harmful if they reach your eyes. One tip to remember: The stinging severity level that your eye feels after a chemical touches it does not correlate directly with how bad that chemical is for your eye. Chemicals that do not cause much of a sting for your eye still could be doing a lot of damage. Some alkaline (basic) chemicals are good examples of this in that they won’t cause your eyes to sting very much but they will definitely cause damage to your eyes and possibly your vision. Basic chemicals have a high pH. They include many types of cleaning fluids like most oven cleaners, ammonia, cement, lime, metal polishes, and chalk dust.
The pH of acids is low. They should mostly damage the front of the eye. Some acids that commonly cause eye injuries are sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and sulfurous acid.
Irritants are chemicals that have a neutral pH. In that way, they are not basic or acidic. A common example of an irritant is pepper spray.
Additional causes for eye injuries that are common are hot liquids, corrosive fumes, welding flashes, diseases, laser beams, and molten metal. You should call a doctor or 911 following any injury to the eye.
The symptoms of eye injuries will vary quite a bit depending on its severity and location. They include temporary blindness, bruising around the eye, pain, eye redness, inability to keep the eye open, double vision, tearing, swelling, sensitivity to light, and the difficulty or inability to move the injured eye.
Our Los Angeles work injury attorneys have helped clients for over three decades with their workers’ compensation claims for eye injuries suffered while working or on the job site. The usual causes for work related injuries to the eyes are: truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, falling objects, tractors, mine equipment accidents, working with and around heavy objects, slip, trip and fall injuries, conveyor belts, car/automotive accidents, table saw accidents, and construction equipment accidents. The Los Angeles eye injury attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will work hard to protect your legal rights for workers’ compensation claims as well as personal injury cases for eye injuries. We have a long history of success investigating cases and injury circumstances looking for a third party that is also at fault in order to maximize your possible recovery under the law. We will also protect you because under California Workers’ Compensation law, your employer must pay disability while you are unable to work. They are also now allowed to penalize or fire you for making a workers’ compensation claim.
Serious eye injuries or eye trauma can have many painful results. Penetrating eye trauma has occurred when a foreign object has entered the eye. Perforating eye trauma has occurred when an object has both entered and exited the eye. A non-penetrating eye trauma has occurred when the eye is intact and it’s usually place after it has been hit with force. A blowout fracture of the eye has occurred when blunt forces (eg: a flying ball) has fractured the eye. Other results of eye injuries include blood in the eye, arc eye, traumatic optic neuropathy, snow blindness, corneal abrasions, eyelid lacerations, orbital fractures, and hemorrhaging. Eyes can be poked out by a flying object, blunt force, a tree branch or a piece of equipment. Some complications that happen because of eye injuries include retinal detachment, corneal scarring, and post-traumatic glaucoma.
Our retina is the important piece of the eye that collects and interprets what our eye sees and converts it into images and messages that then get sent to the brain. This part of our eye can detach or peel off after an injury, trauma, or swelling. Blindness and blurred vision in that eye are two possible side effects of detached retinas.
The amount of laser eye surgeries performed in this country and worldwide has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years or so. During that time, surgeries to implant contact lenses, repair astigmatism, and much more have been improved and utilized as well. These eye procedures do not go perfectly 100% of the time. Negative side-effects are possible for failed eye surgeries. They can be potentially quite distracting, painful, and may have rather adverse results for your vision (eg: double or blurred vision).
Black eyes can also be called ecchymosis. The dark color around the eye (that is the trademark for black eyes) actually comes from swelling under the facial skin around the eye after an injury to the head, face, or eyes. It doesn’t actually signal an eye injury directly but know that the eye could also be injured.
The utilization of patches is one treatment option for physical eye injuries. Two kinds of patches are popular but have very different applications: shield patches and pressure patches. Shield patches are for the injured eye when the doctor has given their OK that the eye injury victim can and should open their eye under the patch. With these patches the doctor also does not want to put any pressure or tension on the injured eye.
Pressure patches are prescribed when the medical professional wants the victim to keep tension on the eye and they also want to keep from opening their eye. Eye surgery may be needed if the eye or orbit has fractured or there are other serious injury symptoms or problems. For eye lacerations, stitching is another possible treatment. For chemical eye injuries, sterile water is usually utilized to flush the eyes. It is crucial to get medical help as soon as it is possible for chemical eye injuries.
These days, there are many kinds of eye surgeries. Some common surgeries for eyes are oculoplastic surgery (or reconstructing the eye), vitreo-retinal surgery, cataract surgery, canaloplasty, corneal surgery, glaucoma surgery, eye muscle surgery, and eyelid surgery.
Call the Los Angeles eye injury lawyers today to setup a free case evaluation and initial consultation for you and your family. You will be able to speak with an attorney who will discuss how your injury occurred, where it happened and what you have done since. Then, the lawyer will talk with you about your legal options, what your case could look like and what our injury law firm could do for you. We have been there for thousands of people over the last three decades. We work for our clients on a contingency basis so all you are risking is your time. This means that you will not pay us or owe us anything unless and until we win your injury case.
The Los Angeles, California 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.
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