Ohio Catastrophic Injury and Product Liability Lawyer
Ocular trauma is a worldwide cause of blindness. Every year there are 2.4 million eye injuries in the United Stated. Damage to the orbit and every ocular structure are reported. The most common damage is damage to the anterior structures due to blunt or concussive forces or chemical exposure.
More than 15% ( 65,000 ) of eye injuries occur in the workplace. Each day, 2000 workers suffer an eye injury that requires treatment, ranging from abrasions to perforation. Of the 2.4 million, there are over 50,000 cases of monocular blindness following a traumatic eye injury. Potential eye hazards are found in every industry. OSHA standards require that every employer proved the appropriate eye protection for the type of hazard to be encountered. Yet, eye protection may not prevent blunt trauma from causing a blow out fracture.
Joe Lyon is an experienced traumatic eye injury attorney who is well versed in the science and human impact that such an injury has on the injured person’s life. Working on contingency fees, the Lyon Firm has developed compelling evidence in traumatic eye injury cases through medical professionals to present the highest quality evidence and arguments on the Plaintiff’s behalf. This work has resulted in significant settlements and improvement to quality of life and healthcare.
A large variety of injuries, infections and activities can result in serious, permanent ocular trauma, causing significant financial stress and can severely diminish overall quality of life. The following is an incomplete list of common causes for eye injuries.
Following a traumatic eye injury where you suspect there was negligence or simply have questions about what may have happened, you should contact and experienced catastrophic injury lawyer.
The legal options will depend in part upon on the root cause of the eye injury.
Industrial/ Construction Accidents: Many traumatic eye injuries are a result of mismanagement or independent contractor negligence during industrial or construction work. The first step is whether the case is limited to Worker’s Compensation. This analysis requires a thorough understanding of Employer Intentional Tort law which has become more difficult in recent years.
Often, where the employer is at fault, the case requires a removal of an equipment safety guard or a knowing violation of an OSHA regulation to move past a motion for summary judgment. A subcontractor or third party defendant, however, is subject to general negligence.
Product Liability: The inadvertent deployment of an airbag may be an issue, or certain medication have been linked to eye trauma due to infections. In either case, the litigation will be focused on the manufacturer or the product and whether there was a design or manufacturing defect.
Bausch & Lomb recently paid approximately $250 million to resolve 600 cases. where patients were exposed to the fungal infection Fusarium keratitis while using B&L’s contact solution ReNu with MoistureLoc.
“The culprit, an infection so rare that most eye doctors had never seen a case, somehow eluded MoistureLoc’s disinfecting defenses,” explains the Associated Press. The CDC confirmed 180 cases of the infection between June 2005 through September 2006. Seven people exposed to the fungus had to have an eye removed, while 60 more received corneal transplants.
The Lyon Firm represented one individual who suffered this infection resulting in permanent vision loss and corneal transplant. The case was resolved favorably for a confidential amount.
Provided the burden of proof is surmounted, Ohio provides substantial monetary compensation for electrical injuries. Ohio has damages cap on certain personal injury awards but those damages caps generally do not apply in traumatic eye injury cases. Compensation may be awarded for the following elements where the evidence supports the elements:
If you have questions about the root cause of a traumatic eye injury case or the available legal remedies to improve the quality of life or medical care, call The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer those critical questions.