How to Know if You Have a Case for an Eye Injury or Blindness Lawsuit in Tennessee
Throughout the state of Tennessee, people who have suffered an eye injury or blindness as a result of an accident may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered an eye injury that has caused blindness, you may be wondering if you have a case and what the next steps are. Read on to learn more about personal injury lawsuits involving eye injuries and blindness.
Common Causes of Eye Injury or Blindness Accidents
Whether you’re driving, hiking, or simply doing yard work, it’s important to be aware of the dangers that exist which could potentially cause an eye injury. In the state of Tennessee, there are a few common causes of eye injury or blindness accidents. Here are 5 to be aware of:
Whether you’re working with cleaning chemicals or other harsh chemicals at work or home, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes. If you get any chemicals in your eyes, it’s important to flush them out immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
2. Sports injuries
Whether you’re playing a contact sport like football or basketball, or a non-contact sport like tennis or baseball, there is always a risk for sustaining an eye injury. Wearing the proper protective gear is essential in reducing your risk. Even if you wear glasses or contact lenses, you should still wear protective eyewear when participating in sports.
3. Car accidents
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of serious eye injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 2,000 people killed and nearly 50,000 injured in car crashes involving distracted driving in 2015 alone. While wearing your seatbelt can help to protect your eyes in the event of an accident, the best way to avoid an eye injury is to never drive distracted in the first place.
4. Falling objects
Falling objects can be extremely dangerous and often result in serious injuries, including eye injuries. If you are working with tools or materials that could potentially fall, it’s important to wear protective eyewear and to keep a safe distance from where they are being used. Similarly, if you are walking underneath something that could potentially fall, be mindful of your surroundings and don’t stand directly beneath it.
5. Fires and explosions
Fires and explosions can also cause severe eye injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 2,000 workers suffer from eye injuries related to fires and explosions every year. To avoid being one of these statistics, it’s important to always wear protective eyewear when working with flammable materials or around open flames.
Common Eye Injury or Blindness Accident Injuries
If you suffer an eye injury or blindness as the result of an accident that was caused by someone else, you may be wondering what type of compensation you could receive. The answer to that question depends on the severity of your injury and the long-term effects it will have on your life.
Let’s take a look at the 5 most common types of eye injuries suffered as a result of an accident. We’ll also briefly touch on the potential financial compensation you could receive for each type of injury.
A contusion, also commonly referred to as a “black eye,” is usually caused by blunt force trauma to the area around the eye. While contusions are usually not severe, they can cause bruising, swelling, and pain.
2. Corneal Abrasion
A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the clear outer layer of the eye (known as the cornea). This type of injury is usually caused by debris or a foreign object entering and scratching the eye. Symptoms of a corneal abrasion include pain, redness, tearing, and sensitivity to light.
3. Foreign Body in the Eye
As its name implies, a foreign body in the eye is when a small piece of debris or another object becomes lodged in your eye. This type of injury can cause pain, redness, tearing, and blurred vision. In some cases, it can also lead to more serious problems such as infection or vision loss.
4. Chemical Burn
A chemical burn to the eye occurs when harmful chemicals come into contact with your eyes. This type of burn can occur at home or work and can cause severe pain, redness, blurred vision, and even blindness.
5. Penetrating Injury
A penetrating injury to the eye occurs when something pierces through your eyeball. This type of injury can be caused by anything from a small piece of debris to a bullet wound and can result in severe damage to your eye and vision loss.
About Eye Injury or Blindness Claims
If you’ve suffered an eye injury or blindness as a result of an accident, you may be wondering how to file a claim. Filing a claim can be a complicated and confusing process, but it’s important to do if you want to receive the compensation you deserve. In this blog post, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide for filing an eye injury or blindness claim.
The first step is to gather all of the necessary documentation. This includes any medical records related to your injury, police reports, witness statements, and any other documentation that will support your claim. Once you have all of the documentation, you’ll need to file a personal injury claim with the appropriate insurance company. If you’re not sure which insurance company to file with, you can consult with an attorney who specializes in personal injury claims.
The next step is to negotiate with the insurance company. You’ll need to provide them with all of the documentation supporting your claim and explain why you deserve compensation. It’s important to remember that insurance companies are businesses and their goal is to make money, so they will try to lowball you if they can. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and have all of your documentation in order before you start negotiating.
If you’re not able to reach an agreement with the insurance company, the next step is to file a lawsuit. This is a complex process and it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side. They’ll be able to navigate the legal system and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Who is Responsible for My Eye Injury or Blindness Injuries?
If you have suffered an eye injury that could lead to blindness, your next move is to consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options and find out who is responsible for your injuries.
No matter how the eye injury occurred, if someone else is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills as well as other damages such as lost wages and pain and suffering. The first step in understanding your legal rights and remedies is finding out who is at fault and therefore responsible for your injuries.
Once you have consulted with a personal injury lawyer and given him all the facts surrounding your accident, he will review everything and help you determine who may be at fault. Here are some common examples:
A Driver Who Hits You with Their Car
If another driver hits you while you are walking or riding a bike, they may be held liable if their negligence caused the accident. For example, if they were texting while driving and ran a stop sign, hitting you in the process. If this happens, their insurance company should cover any injuries sustained including any costs related to vision rehabilitation or prosthetics if you lose an eye completely.
A Property Owner Who Failed to Maintain Their Premises or Caused the Injury
If you were on someone else’s property when you suffered an eye injury due to their negligence, they may be liable. For example, if there was a hole in the ground that was not adequately covered and you tripped, fell, and hit your head resulting in an eye injury. The owner would be held liable for not maintaining their premises which resulted in your fall and subsequent injuries. Another example would be if someone was throwing a dart or shooting an arrow on the property and it inadvertently struck and punctured your eye. They could be liable in this case too.
Participating in Sports
Generally speaking, when participating in sports, each participant assumes the risk of being injured by another player’s actions. However, there are sometimes exceptions to this rule. An exception would be if another player acted recklessly beyond the bounds of fair play causing serious injury such as blindness.
What Does Tennessee Law Say About Eye Injury or Blindness Accidents?
If you suffer an eye injury or blindness as a result of an accident, you may be entitled to compensation under Tennessee law.
There are a few different ways that you can sue for compensation if you suffer an eye injury or blindness in an accident. The first is by filing a personal injury claim. This type of claim is based on the theory that the person who caused the accident (the “defendant”) is responsible for your injuries and should be required to pay you for your damages.
The second way to sue for compensation is by filing a product liability claim. This type of claim is based on the theory that the company that manufactured the product that caused your injuries (the “defendant”) is responsible for your injuries and should be required to pay you for your damages.
The third way to sue for compensation is by filing a workers’ compensation claim. This type of claim is based on the theory that your employer (the “defendant”) is responsible for your injuries and should be required to pay you for your damages.
How Long Do I Have to File an Eye Injury or Blindness Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has suffered an eye injury or blindness as a result of an accident, it is important to understand the time limitations that may apply to your case. In this blog post, we will discuss the deadlines for filing an eye injury or blindness lawsuit in Tennessee.
The Statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is one year from the date of the accident. This means that if you were injured in an accident on January 1, 2020, you would have until January 1, 2021, to file a lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit within this one year, you will likely be barred from doing so.
There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if the injured party is a minor, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the child turns 18 years old. Additionally, if the negligent party is the state of Tennessee or a municipality, the deadline for filing a lawsuit may be shorter.
If you have been injured in an accident and are considering filing a lawsuit, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options and ensure that your rights are protected.
Don’t Talk to Anyone on the Other Side Before Speaking with a Lawyer
Don’t talk to anyone on the other side before speaking with a lawyer. While it may seem harmless to give a recorded statement or allow the other driver’s insurance company to look at your medical records, doing so could jeopardize your injury claim. Insurance adjusters are trained to look for anything that could minimize the value of your claim, and they will use anything you say against you.
For example, let’s say that you tell the insurance adjuster that you weren’t injured in the accident. But then, a week later, you start having severe back pain that requires regular visits to a chiropractor. The insurance company will argue that your injuries must not have been that serious if you didn’t even mention them in your recorded statement. As a result, they may lowball you on their settlement offer or deny your claim altogether.
It’s always best to consult with a personal injury lawyer before giving any kind of statement to the other driver’s insurance company. An experienced attorney can advise you on what information to give—and more importantly, what not to give—to protect your interests.
How are We Different from Other Firms?
We understand that when you’ve been in an accident, you’re going up against well-funded opponents who have teams of lawyers working on their behalf. You need a law firm with the resources to match them. That’s where we come in. We have a team of experienced lawyers and support staff who work tirelessly on behalf of our clients.
We also understand that when you’ve been injured, you need more than just financial compensation. You need closure and a sense of justice. We will do everything in our power to get you the outcome you deserve.
Do I Need a Lawyer for an Eye Injury or Blindness Case?
After you have suffered an eye injury or blindness, it can be difficult to know what to do next and whether or not you need a lawyer. In this blog post, we will explore some of the key factors that you should consider to make the best decision for your case.
1. The Severity of Your Injury
The first factor that you should consider is the severity of your injury. If you have suffered a minor injury, such as a scratched cornea, you likely will not need a lawyer. However, if your injury is more severe, such as a detached retina or total blindness, you may want to consult with a lawyer to learn about your legal options.
2. Who is at Fault?
The second factor to consider is who is at fault for your eye injury or blindness. If the accident was due to someone else’s negligence, such as a driver who was texting and ran a red light, then you may have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, if the accident was due simply to bad luck and no one is at fault, then a lawyer will likely not be necessary.
3. The Cost of Treatment
The third factor to consider is the cost of treatment for your eye injury or blindness. Oftentimes, individuals do not realize how expensive medical treatments can be until they receive their first bill. If you are struggling to pay for treatments or have been unable to return to work because of your injury, then you may want to speak with a lawyer about filing a personal injury lawsuit to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
How Much Do We Charge?
You may be wondering how much we charge for our services. The answer is: it depends. Every case is different, and thus the fee will vary depending on the specifics of your situation. However, what we can tell you is that we work on a contingency basis. This means that you will only ever have to pay us if and when you win your case. If you don’t win, then you don’t owe us anything.
How do Contingency Fees Work?
In a contingency fee arrangement, the lawyer agrees to accept a set percentage of the total amount of money recovered if they are successful in obtaining a settlement or judgment on your behalf. The rate varies depending on the type of case and the amount of work required, but usually ranges from 33-40%. Here at Tennessee Accident Law, we typically charge a 33% contingency fee.
What if I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
We understand that not everyone has the resources to hire a lawyer outright, which is why we offer financing options for those who need it. We also offer free initial consultations so that you can come in and talk to us about your case without having to worry about paying anything upfront.
Where Do I Start This Process of Pursuing a Recovery for My Loss?
When you’ve suffered a loss, be it an injury or blindness as a result of an accident, it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone. The first thing you need to do is realize that there are people who care about you and want to help. Once you realize that, it will be much easier to take the next steps.
The next thing Tennessee Accident Law recommends is reaching out to an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the process of pursuing recovery for your loss. An attorney can help determine who was at fault and what kind of compensation you may be entitled to. They can also help negotiate with insurance companies and make sure that your rights are protected.
Finally, Tennessee Accident Law advises individuals who have suffered a loss to stay positive and have faith in the process. Pursuing a recovery can be difficult and time-consuming, but it’s important to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you stay positive and work with experienced professionals, you will be able to get the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has suffered an eye injury or blindness as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Tennessee Accident Law can help you file a personal injury lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about your case.