Blindness Injury LawyersServing Clients with Blindness and Vision Loss Nationwide and Throughout Texas Most people consider sight their most valued perception or sense. Blindness is estimated to occur at the rate of 5.7 persons per 1,000 in the United States. If a person, business, company or product causes blindness or some other eyesight injury, available legal remedies may provide the compensation necessary to deal with the economical burdens from sight loss. A blindness injury attorney at Bush Lewis puts decades of experience to work helping people recover damages for eyesight injuries.
What is blindness?Total blindness refers to perception of complete darkness and the inability to perceive light through either eye. Blindness also may refer to a slight ability to perceive lightness from darkness but without any other perception. Legal blindness does not necessarily mean a complete lack of sight, and there are degrees of blindness and different types of blindness. A lack of visual clarity and loss of peripheral perception are both types of blindness. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) define vision impairment as the inability to correct vision to a normal level. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) categorize low vision between 20/70 and 20/400. To understand the unit measurements, 20/70 refers to the fact that a person with 20/70 eyesight can see at 20 feet with the same clarity that a normal person can see at 70 feet. Eye doctors use standardized charts to measure eyesight capability.
Definition of Legally BlindThe National Federation of the Blind reports that the federal statute definition for legally blind is central visual acuity of 20/200 or less with the use of corrective lens. When evaluating legal blindness, the widest visual field diameter can be no greater than 20 degrees. Vision impairment also refers to the loss of one eye, leaving the victim with monocular vision, which limits depth perception. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) defines vision loss based on:
- Visual impairment that limits a major life activity
- Vision impairment that substantially limited past activity, creating a record of impairment
- An employer who regards the employee as having substantially limiting vision impairment
Limitations Resulting from Eyesight LossWe immediately recognize that loss of reading ability goes with sight loss but loss of sight create many other hardships, such as:
- Difficulty with daily activities—dressing, bathing, eating, walking around the home
- Trouble taking medications that can lead to dosage errors
- More at risk for falls, fractures, and premature death
- Greater tendency for depression
An Experienced Blindness or Vision Loss Attorney Can HelpAccidents often result in blindness or impaired vision, whether an auto accident, work injury, fires or explosions or defective product injuries. Medical malpractice can also cause vision impairment through medication side effects, delayed glaucoma diagnosis, errors in Lasik eye surgery, or failure to handle infection. Available legal remedies may provide an opportunity to recover damages, including compensation to assist with:
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Future lost earnings
- Transportation requirements
- Practical help for disability
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Know This Before An Accident
No one plans to have an accident and no one expects to sustain a serious injury or lose a loved one to death from someone else's actions or mistake. It helps to at least have heard what experienced lawyers say you can do to ease the situation. At Bush Lewis, we think there are some helpful guidelines that we recommend to you. Our lawyers suggest: Learn more.