Santa Barbara Hearing and Vision Loss Attorneys
Helping Victims of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries can result from high-speed vehicle collisions, construction worksite accidents, violent attacks, train derailments, and more. A "catastrophic" injury is one that alters a person’s life, which can include the loss of hearing or vision. While such a loss is traumatic, the long-term issues and complications are also costly and difficult to anticipate.
If you received an injury through no fault of your own, it is important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you. After a catastrophic accident, it can be difficult to plan ahead while adjusting to the impact of the accident. Let us take the burden off your shoulders and help you hold those who caused your injuries accountable for their actions. Call NordstrandBlack PC at (805) 962-2022 for a free consultation.
Hearing loss usually occurs as a result of damage to the outer or inner ear, or because of traumatic brain injuries to certain regions of the brain. Outer ear injuries might only cause damage to the visible parts of the ear without resulting in hearing loss. Internal injuries are much more likely to cause hearing loss, including the possibility of total deafness.
Damage to the inner ear can occur due to physical damage, such as an object like a piece of metal entering the ear during a violent car crash. Loud noises, especially noises encountered every day as an occupational hazard, can be extremely damaging to one's hearing. That is why workers in certain industries must be provided with proper ear protection to avoid long-term damage and hearing loss.
Vision loss can occur because of injuries to the eyes or to parts of the brain associated with vision and processing visual information. Eyes can easily be damaged when an object or debris comes into contact with the face. This can include things like hot sparks, pieces of metal or glass in a car accident, and dangerous chemicals. Extremely bright lights and heat can also burn a person's eyes, causing permanent vision loss.
Traumatic brain injuries to certain parts of the brain can also cause vision loss. While the eyes themselves may be fully functional, a person’s brain may be unable to interpret what it sees. Some TBIs can cause unusual effects beyond blurry or diminished vision. For example, some brain damage can interfere with a person's ability to recognize facial features, or alter a person’s ability to perceive depth perception.
Damages from Catastrophic Accidents
Suffering a vision or hearing loss will change your life. If you were injured in an accident caused by another person or company, you should not be the one paying for your injury, future losses, and emotional distress.
An experienced personal injury lawyer not only fights to protect your rights, but will think of expenses you might not otherwise consider when filing a claim. This includes things like:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Missed professional opportunities
- Psychological trauma after sensory loss
- Difficulties with personal relationships, including marriage
Do not try to handle a catastrophic injury like hearing or vision loss on your own. Call our Santa Barbara personal injury lawyers at NordstrandBlack PC, (805) 962-2022. Tell us about what happened, and we can explore the legal options available to you. If we represent you in a personal injury claim, we charge no attorney fees until we get you fair compensation for your losses.
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss - NIDCD
- Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
- Loud Noise Can Cause Hearing Loss - CDC
- National Eye Institute
- Vision Impairment and Blindness - MedlinePlus