Personal Injury Lawyer Millburn, New Jersey

Eye Injury Lawyer in Millburn, New Jersey

An attorney who will fight for the compensation you deserve

Most of us don’t even realize how much we rely on our vision every day. We use our eyes to help us function at home, work, while performing daily activities, and while having fun. An eye injury suffered in a personal injury accident can have very serious and lifelong consequences.

When your eye injury was caused by negligence, you deserve financial compensation. But negligent parties often deny responsibility and insurance companies may dispute your claim. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. Millburn eye injury attorney David Leigh of The Leigh Law Firm, P.C. in can help. We serve clients in Essex and Union counties and throughout northern New Jersey.

Attorney Leigh understands the impact an eye injury can have on your life. He has also seen how insurance companies treated a family member after an injury and knows how frustrating that can be. That’s why he is dedicated to making a difference by fighting for the rights of the injured.

What are common types of eye injuries?

Every year, there are accidents involving the eye in which people suffer:

  • Cuts and scratches – The cornea (transparent layer in front of the eye) is damaged by a blade, flying gravel or bits of glass, or other foreign objects
  • Open globe laceration – A full-thickness wound to the eye caused by penetration with a sharp object, or a puncture caused flying objects
  • Globe rupture – A full-thickness wound to the eye caused by blunt force trauma
  • Orbital fracture – An eye socket injury in which one of the bones around the eyeball is broken, often by blunt force trauma.
  • Hyphema – There is bleeding in the anterior chamber of the eye, between the iris and cornea, caused by trauma
  • Burns – These can be caused by explosions, fires, or chemical exposure
  • Detached retina – The retina, which converts light into signals for the brain, is pulled away from the back of the eye

What are the symptoms of an eye injury?

Depending on what happened, eye injury symptoms can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling around the eye
  • Watery eyes
  • Bleeding (including hemorrhaging around the eye)
  • Bruising and redness around the eye
  • Blurred vision, double vision, or other vision changes
  • Vision loss
  • Itching and irritation
  • Burning
  • Light sensitivity
  • Changes in pupil size or shape
  • Feeling like something is in your eye
  • One eye doesn’t move as well as the other

Eye injuries from car accidents

Car accidents happen every day in New Jersey. It only takes one negligent driver who was speeding, driving recklessly, texting, or driving under the influence to cause a crash. Victims can suffer an eye injury in different ways:

  • Broken glass gets in the eye during impact
  • A driver or passenger hits their head on the dashboard, steering wheel, or another part of the car
  • An airbag can cause blunt force trauma
  • There can be chemical burns from airbag powder
  • An explosion or fire can cause burns
  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in vision problems

We fight to hold negligent drivers accountable for the injuries they caused.

Eye injuries from medical malpractice

Ophthalmologists and other medical professionals have a responsibility to take steps to ensure the health and safety of their patients. Examples of negligence that can cause eye injuries include misdiagnosis, failure to prevent infections, and surgical errors (during cataract surgery, Lasik surgery, or eye surgery).

If you suffered an open globe eye injury, partial loss of vision, blindness, scratches from contact lenses, or any type of eye damage as a result of negligence, you deserve financial compensation.

Our firm handles cases involving eye surgery malpractice, ophthalmologist malpractice, and Lasik laser malpractice.

What should you do if you suffered an eye injury?

  • Get medical attention immediately. Go to an emergency room for evaluation. You may need a follow-up appointment with an ophthalmologist or other specialist.
  • Keep records. This includes all medical records, as well as any accident reports. Take photos of any visible injuries such as bleeding or bruises around the eyes (or ask someone to take a photo).
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. It’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible to protect your rights.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help

When you have suffered an eye injury, medical expenses can add up quickly. Your total cost could be hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even more. But recovering compensation can be very complicated. Negligent parties may deny doing anything wrong, and even blame you for what happened.

Insurance companies are not on your side. They know there’s a lot of money at stake and will fight your claim so they can pay you as little as possible. One common tactic they use is to offer you a settlement shortly after your accident. But the amount they offer will fall far short of covering all the damage you suffered.

Attorney Leigh knows how insurance adjusters handle these types of claims. He used to represent insurance companies. And he knows that building a strong case can get them to take your case seriously.

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Our legal team investigates your accident to get all the facts. We gather evidence, carefully review documentation such as accident reports and medical records, and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, and other specialists who can help us establish negligence.

The amount you can receive in an eye injury lawsuit through a settlement or jury verdict will depend on many factors. Attorney Leigh will fight for compensation for all the damages you suffered in your accident. This can include compensation for all current and future medical expenses, lost wages if you couldn’t work, pain and suffering, and other damages such as loss of enjoyment of life.

You may have a lot of questions after suffering an eye injury. Can I sue my eye surgeon? How can I sue my eye doctor? What is my eye injury worth? How much compensation can I get for an eye injury? Should I accept an eye injury settlement? What is the average eye injury settlement amount?

If you suffered an eye injury in Millburn or anywhere in Essex or Union counties, learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with attorney Leigh. He can answer your questions, review the details of your accident, and discuss your legal options.

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