A Seattle eye injury accident attorney from The Fang Law Firm can help you recover financially from the at-fault party.
Eye injuries are painful and affect every aspect of your life. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eye injury you may have discovered that there are activities you can no longer do because of your eye injury. Additionally, you may not be able to return to work because of your eye injury.
According to Seattle’s fault-based accident laws, the burden of proving liability on the part of a person at fault for an eye injury rests with the plaintiff—the injury victim. A Seattle eye injury attorney can represent your rights and best interests throughout the claims process through the following means:
An experienced attorney will draft a compelling demand letter to the appropriate insurance agency, engage in strong negotiations for a settlement that fully covers your damages, or represent you in courtroom litigation if the insurance company won’t offer an appropriate settlement.
Injuries can quickly become expensive, especially painful eye injuries that can cause vision impairment. A successful eye injury claim can help victims recover compensation for the following damages:
While financial compensation can’t undo an injury or erase your pain, it can open doors to the best medical care, pay for cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of a damaged eye, and finance home health aides if required. It can also ease financial burdens while you take time to heal from your injury.
Intangible damages such as pain and suffering and disfigurement may be more difficult to assign a monetary amount, but they are often the most harmful aspect of an injury. If an eye injury causes great pain or permanent disfigurement, you deserve compensation. Financial compensation is the only way the courts have to redress this type of wrong.
A Seattle eye injury lawyer from The Fang Law Firm can help you file a personal injury lawsuit in Washington state court against the at-fault party. You can file a negligence lawsuit or a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages related to your injury.
In order to prevail under a negligence lawsuit, you and your eye injury attorney will need to prove that the at-fault party’s actions were careless and resulted in your injury.
If your eye injury resulted because of the negligence of a medical professional, you can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. You and your attorney will need to prove that the medical professional violated a duty of care, and that violation resulted in your injury.
In the event that you and your attorney are successful at trial, the jury can award you economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are quantitative damages related to your injury such as medical bills, rehabilitation bills, and lost wages. Non-economic damages are damages for pain and suffering resulting from your eye injury.
Once a jury has handed down a damage award, the at-fault party is obligated to pay you.
Every state places a limit on the amount of time an injury victim has to file a claim for an injury. In Washington, eye injury victims have up to 3 years from the date of the accident in which to file a claim. The only exceptions to this statute of limitations are in the following circumstances:
The state’s statute of limitations helps ensure the court litigates a case while evidence is available and fresh and protects defendants from living under an ongoing threat of lawsuits.
An eye injury is any damage to the eye or eye socket. Eye injuries can last a few days, a few weeks, or a lifetime. They are very uncomfortable and can range from irritation to a complete loss of vision. The types of eye injuries we typically see include:
Suffering damage to an eye is a frightening and painful experience. Even worse, serious damage can compromise vision, cause blindness, or leave the victim with permanent disfigurement.
Eye injuries occur in many ways and can cause significant damage to vision and appearance. Some types of eye injuries include:
Eye injuries can have serious impacts. Victims could experience pain and visual impairment that’s temporary and requires significant medical care and recovery time, or permanent injuries with significant negative impacts on appearance and quality of vision. In some cases, an eye injury could cause permanent blindness in one or both eyes. When this type of serious injury occurs due to an act of negligence or recklessness, the party at fault must compensate you for damages, typically paid through their insurance policy.
Eye injuries are common. The most common ways we see eye injuries occur include:
Not only are eye injuries painful and traumatic, but they can also lead to serious eye conditions that may require ongoing treatment or result in damage to vision. The following conditions can quickly become expensive and have lasting negative impacts:
If you or a family member suffered one of the above conditions due to a preventable eye injury caused by negligence or malpractice, you deserve compensation for the significant harm you’ve suffered.
Eye injuries are common workplace injuries.
Children also suffer a significant number of eye injuries each year. Accidents involving exposure to household products cause 125,000 eye injuries annually in the U.S., commonly occurring in children. Children also experience eye injuries during their sports activities with 43% of sports-related eye injuries occurring to children.
When we see an eye doctor, we trust them with one of our most sensitive body parts and our vision, which is an essential part of life, yet an average of 10% of eye doctors face malpractice lawsuits each year for eye injuries caused by procedures such as Lasik surgery and cataract removal. Because the law holds doctors to a special standard of care with a requirement to treat patients at the industry-accepted level of care, a doctor is liable for damages if a mistake or negligence during a procedure results in harm to a patient’s eye.
Recovery for an eye injury can happen without hospital intervention but more severe eye injuries can result in surgery, corrective lenses, or complete vision loss. You shouldn’t have to pay for an eye injury that resulted from someone else’s actions. A Seattle eye injury lawyer can help.
Few accidents are more alarming than an injury to the delicate eye area or to the highly sensitive eye itself, but if an injury occurs, it’s important to keep a cool head and do the best you can to protect your physical and financial future by taking the following steps:
When an injury occurs due to the negligence of someone else, be sure to use your phone to take photographs of the accident scene, and your injury and collect the contact information of the party at fault, and any eyewitnesses to the accident. Keep all medical records, including a doctor’s report documenting the injury, treatment, and prognosis, and your medical bills. Ask for a copy of the accident report from the police, workplace, or commercial property where the injury occurred, and then call a Seattle eye injury attorney.
Our eye injury attorneys have decades of experience in accident and injury litigation. We will work hard to ensure you prevail at trial. We won’t leave you hanging either, our dedicated eye injury attorneys will work hard on your case and keep you informed of its progress through the entire process. Call us today at (206) 489-5140 for a free case consultation. One of our knowledgeable eye injury lawyers in Seattle is standing by to review your case and chart a path to financial recovery.
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