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Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries

By Matthew WIllens  Jan. 10, 2017 11:27a

Whenever there is a crash involving a motorcycle and a bigger motor vehicle such as a car or a truck, the chances of the biker sustaining severe and even fatal injuries are high. This happens because the biker has absolutely no protection against the impact of the crash. One of the most common injuries that motorcyclists sustain in crashes are eye injuries. These injuries can be very traumatic, and can result in partial or even total vision loss. While wearing goggles or protective glasses can help to some extent, it cannot prevent all eye injuries. In this post, our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer will discuss some of the most common eye injuries that can result from motor cycle accidents.

Common eye injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents

Eye injuries are often caused by flying glass fragments that pierce the motorcyclist’s eye. They can also result from a head or spinal injury that causes damage to the parts of brain responsible for vision. Some of the common eye injuries that are reported in motorcycle accidents include:

  • Eye lacerations: In a motorcycle crash, glass fragments can puncture the skin that protects the eye. Eye lacerations are often serious and require surgery for damage repair.
  • Iris injuries: If an objects pokes/penetrates the eye or the eye is hit by an object, the colored portion of the eye can become inflamed, and the motorcyclist can experience some vision loss.
  • Cornea injuries: When debris or dirt get into the eye, it can scratch the cornea surface. This can cause symptoms such as eye pain, redness of the eye, blurred vision and swollen eyes.
  • Hyphaema: It causes bleeding in the eye, and the eye appears to be filled in blood. This can cause eye pain and blurred vision.
  • Retina injuries: Blunt force trauma can result in retina injuries. If the force is severe enough, it can cause the retina to tear and the patient may require emergency surgery. If the injury is to the center of the retina, the motorcyclist can experience vision loss.
  • Eye socket injuries: Blunt force trauma to the eye can cause fracture of the optical bones. This can cause the eye socket to become sunken, and the victim may experience double vision. Surgery may be required to repair the damage.
  • Optic nerve injuries: When there is a blow to the motorcyclist’s head, the optic nerve could get damaged. The victim may require surgery to repair the damage, and despite the treatment, there could be permanent vision loss.

When a person suffers an eye injury, they may experience symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, light sensitivity, partial vision, and even blindness. Eye injuries can change the victim’s life completely, and make it impossible for him to perform daily activities, work, and enjoy family activities and hobbies.

If you or someone close to you has sustained an eye injury in a Chicago motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver, get in touch with a competent Chicago personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal right to compensation.

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