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Vision Loss Associated with Head Trauma Can Have Long-Lasting Effects


July 08, 2018

Montlick & Associates' Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Georgia Explain the Correlation Between A Traumatic Brain Injury And Vision Loss

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one of the most common causes of premature death in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 153 people die each day after suffering a TBI. Incredibly, the CDC calculates that TBIs play a role in 30% of all deaths annually in the U.S. The statistics demonstrate that surviving a TBI is no small feat. However, surviving a TBI is no guarantee that the victim will be symptom-free. In fact, many TBI sufferers live with residual symptoms from the TBI, including vision loss. 

A person who suffered a TBI and continues to experience vision loss may be eligible to receive a substantial damage award. TBI cases are very complicated, intricate, and complex legal claims that can require experienced, knowledgeable and skilled traumatic brain injury lawyers committed to pursuing justice for those victimized by another's negligent, reckless, or intentional act. 

TBIs and Vision Loss

Vision loss frequently occurs after a person suffers a TBI. Initially, doctors may have a difficult time determining that the patient has lost the ability to see. Patients in a car accident, for example, may be unconscious upon arrival at the emergency room. Doctors would have no way of knowing if the person's vision was compromised in the crash due to the inability of the patient to communicate. They must treat the obvious injuries first. After the patient is stabilized and conscious, then the physicians can concentrate on returning the sight to their patient.

Physicians identified numerous causes of vision loss after a TBI. Typically, injuries may be classified as an injury to the eye itself which is called an ocular trauma, and. An involve an injury to the optical nerve, the eye socket, or the optic pathways in the brain. 

Doctors rely on MRIs and CT-scans to determine the nature of the injury. Once doctors ascertain the cause of the patient's injury, then the physician can focus on restoring sight. There are mainly two choices to treat vision loss: surgery and steroid treatment. Steroid treatment will work to reduce swelling in the eye and take pressure off of the optical nerve. Eye surgeons can reconnect tissue damaged or separated as a result of the traumatic event. Furthermore, they can remove a foreign object from the person's eye. 

Successful return of sight is far from certain. The patient might have some sight restored if thesurgeons have the opportunity to treat the underlying causes of the person's blindness. Otherwise, the optical nerve could die, and sight would be gone forever.

Damages for Loss of Sight in Georgia 

Georgia law allows TBI victims experiencing vision loss to collect a monetary award for their damages. A TBI claimant can collect; 

  • Compensation for medical bills and future medical expenses,
  • A monetary award for lost wages and recovery for lost economic opportunities,
  • A monetary sum for pain and suffering, and 
  • Additional compensation for punitive damages depending on the egregiousness of the defendant’s conduct. 

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Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2998754/

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

Category: Personal Injury

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