It is easy to take seeing clearly for granted. But if your vision is damaged in an accident or through someone else's negligence, it is hard to think about anything else. An eye injury attorney can not only identify the cause of vision loss, but can also take steps to hold the responsible parties accountable. Attorney Michael E. Shelton in Houston, TX, has dedicated his legal practice to helping people who have been hurt at the hands of others.
The Impact of an Eye Injury
Our eyes are extremely important but highly delicate organs that play a huge role in how we navigate day-to-day life. Our vision can be damaged in many ways, from chemical exposure to traumatic head injury or puncturing.
Even partial vision loss can have serious consequences. At the minimum, victims must learn how to navigate:
- Driving: Because driving depends so heavily on reacting to what you see, vision loss often hampers or completely undermines our ability to drive. Victims of vision loss must find new ways to get from place to place, including work or simply to run errands.
- Job: Even when you are able to get to your job, reduced or complete loss of vision usually leaves victims with diminished working capacity.
- Caring for Loved Ones: If you are the primary caretaker of your children or of a relative, losing your vision creates new challenges for an already difficult job. Many people need considerable assistance in caring for loved ones as they adjust to a loss of vision.
- Caring for Yourself: In the immediate aftermath of an eye injury, you will have to relearn how to attend to your own needs, such as bathing and eating. For many people, it is frustrating to struggle with minor but important tasks that you mastered long ago.
These consequences demonstrate how vital reliable vision is to daily living. If you have been in an accident and suffered an eye injury, you deserve to be fully compensated for your losses.
An eye injury attorney can not only identify the cause of vision loss, but can also take steps to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Damages for Eye Injuries
Unfortunately, even immediate medical care may not be enough to restore lost vision after an injury. While there is no way to make up for that loss, you can still hold the responsible party accountable.
You are entitled to financial compensation, including damages for lost wages, the cost of medical care, expenses associated with medications and rehabilitative services, and an amount for any temporary or permanent disability. You can also seek recovery for emotional distress or pain and suffering. In some cases, a court may even assign punitive damages to the responsible party if their actions were so outrageous that a message needs to be sent to deter such behavior in the future.
How We Can Help You
Michael E. Shelton has fought for the rights of accident victims for over forty years. Prior work on an oil and gas rig gives Mr. Shelton insight as to how catastrophic accidents occur and impact our lives on an individual and intimate level. This knowledge can also be particularly helpful for workers injured in accidents related to offshore pipeline and construction industries. Mr. Shelton can reconstruct the accident and put together the evidence needed to make your claim.
Seek Justice for Your Injury
Injuries to the eye can have an especially insidious effect on our daily lives. If you have questions about how to make a claim for an eye injury or want to talk to a professional about your specific case, contact us online or call us in Houston at (713) 807-0700.