Brad Pistotnik Law
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Can Auto Accidents Cause Blindness?


Can an automobile accident cause loss of sight? Can individuals claim disability coverage if they lose their sight in a motor vehicle accident in Kansas? Blunt head trauma, exposure to toxic fumes, contact with sharp objects, and automobile fires can cause serious injury to the eyes. This damage can lead to permanent impairment or complete loss of vision. When this happens, it can completely upend an individual's life and cause serious emotional and financial harm.

It's estimated that 20-30% of patients in neurological rehabilitation suffer some form of vision impairment. Nationwide, there are more than 2.5 million Americans who live with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Of these, nearly 20% suffered their injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Statistically, this means that roughly 500,000 individuals have suffered some loss of vision following their motor vehicle accident.

From 2001 to 2008, it was estimated that hospital emergency rooms treated 75,028 individuals for eye injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents. Of these nearly 60% were men. In all, drivers accounted for 62.2% of individuals treated for eye injuries. This is a significant number of injuries, and while the number of eye injuries recorded is declining, the number remains high enough that motorists should be cognizant of the risks of suffering an eye injury behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Head trauma is a leading cause of vision loss. When the head strikes a steering wheel, airbag, window, seat, or dash, it can do significant damage to the optic nerves, retinas, blood vessels, orbit, and optical pathways. While surgeons can repair some damage, they can't repair everything. The reality is that some traumatic eye injuries simply can't be corrected by modern medicine. Any eye injury can result in diminished visual acuity, the loss of the ability to drive, and potentially, the loss of income from a job. The loss of sight also leads to diminished quality of life and lifestyle. In all cases, the immediate and long-term impact of the injury can persist throughout an individual's lifetime.

Brad Pistotnik Law is a Wichita law firm with truck accident lawyers, auto accident attorneys, lawyers, and abogados who represent clients in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Illinois following motor vehicle accidents that cause disability including loss of sight. Whether the accident occurred in Wichita, Liberal, Plymell, Pierceville, Kalvesta, Deerfield, Lakin, Hickok, Ryus, Montezuma, Ensign, Fowler, Sublette, Dodge City, Collano, Jetmore, Kinsley, Larned, Ness City, Bazine, Kingman, Harper, Anthony, Kiowa, Pratt, Hutchinson, Lyons, Coldwater, Protection, McPherson, hoisington, Overland Park, Topeka, Stillwater, Fort Supply, Woodward, Waynoka, Alva, Cherokee, Hennessey, Watonga, Weatherford, Vici, Seiling, Arnett, Lindsay, Alex, Tecumseh, Shawnee, Macomb, Stratford, Roff, Wynnewood, Maud, Konawa, Noble, Oktaha, Council HIll, Rentiesville, Warner, Webbers Falls, Paradise, Okmulgee, Eufaula, Crowder, Quinton, Okay, Henryetta, Jasper, Lamar, West Mineral, Chetopa, Walnut, Girard, Arma, Carthage, Syracuse, Webb City, Joplin, or elsewhere in these states, our Wichita law firm can help clients pursue claims for actions caused by negligent drivers whose actions lead to a temporary or permanent disability.

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