Loss of vision is a life-changing event that will drastically interfere with your ability to return to work and earn a living. Even when slip and fall victims escape with their sight intact, you may still deal with a long recovery and extremely high medical bills. An experienced attorney can help with those costs by pursuing compensation from the negligent party responsible for your injury.
How Eye Injuries Occur in Slip and Fall Cases
A slip and fall accident typically results in an eye injury in one of two ways. Your eyes may be hurt by the blunt force of colliding with the floor or some other object, or an eye may be penetrated if you strike a sharp object. In either case, you may end up with injuries like:
- Black eye and facial bruising
- Orbital fracture if the eye socket bone is struck hard enough during the fall
- Reduced vision or complete blindness in one or both eyes
- Tearing damage to eyelids
- Trauma to the tear glands
Of course, hitting your face against steps or a countertop in a fall also creates a serious risk of dental injuries or permanent facial scars. Regardless of the type or extent of your wounds, your next steps after any slip and fall remain the same:
- Notify the property owner or on-duty manager about the accident
- Talk to witnesses to gather their contact information
- Visit the emergency room
- Consult a skilled slip and fall attorney
That last step is one of the most important for the financial side of your recovery, as an attorney can investigate the accident to identify which specific party is liable for your damages. When that person is identified, a lawyer helps in proving they were aware of the hazard but failed to resolve it before you were hurt, so that you can pursue damages such as lost wages and medical bills.
Talk to a Philadelphia Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
Were you or someone you love harmed in a slip and fall? We want to hear about your personal injury accident and help you find the best path toward financial recovery. Schedule a consultation with the Heslin Law Firm today to learn more about protecting your legal rights after an eye injury.