Eye Injuries Caused by New Mexico Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Car Accidents Can Cause Serious, Permanent, and Debilitating Eye Injuries

Our most engaged sense is vision.  We use it everyday for every task.  It is a necessary sense to do many tasks, such as drive a motor vehicle, watch TV or a movie, or perform other daily tasks.  Despite being so important, our eyes are vulnerable.  They can be easily injured and permanently damaged.  While they are resilient, they can be damaged beyond repair in even simple, low-speed car accidents.

If your or a loved one has suffered an eye injury due to a New Mexico car accident, call our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We take all of our calls very seriously, especially eye injury cases.  These are devastating injuries which can be particularly traumatizing for young children.  We work hard to fight for the rights of victims with eye injuries, and you only pay us if we win your case.

Causes of Eye Injuries in New Mexico Car Accidents

There are many possible causes for eye injuries in car accidents which can cause permanent partial or full vision loss in one or both eyes.  These causes include the following:

  • Airbag injuries – this can be caused by the shear force of the deployment impact, or by the chemicals, powders, and other elements in airbags to help them deploy properly.
  • Broken glass – car glass is not meant to scatter, but in significant crashes the glass will nonetheless splinter and scatter.  This can easily get in a victim’s eyes causing damage.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries – even if the eye itself is not damaged, if the brain is injured it can cause severe swelling which can damage the optic nerves leading from the back of the brain (occipital lobe) to the eyes.  If the optic nerve is damaged significantly, it is near impossible to repair given its location through the bottom-center of the brain.
  • Globe Rupture/Crushing Injury – in some circumstances, the force exerted on the eye can be so severe and powerful that it can either crush the eye or rupture the eye.  This makes it very difficult to put back together properly, and likely results in both loss of vision and loss of the eye.
  • Orbital fractures – the orbit is the bones creating the eye socket in the skull.  When there is significant force on the face, this can cause the orbit to fracture—especially the bottom or floor of the orbit.  This can easily damage the eye due to the shards of bone and fact that the eye is crushed into an unnatural position.

Types of Eye Injuries in New Mexico Car Accidents

There are several different types of eye injuries which could occur in a car accident.  These range from the mild, such as irritation, to the severe, such as complete and total loss of the eye.  Some common injuries include the following:

  • Irritation from debris or chemicals in the airbags;
  • Surface scratches which heal;
  • Corneal abrasions which damage the surface of your eye but can be quite severe;
  • Swelling;
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhages (bleeding of the eye);
  • Lacerations or cuts to your eye;
  • Lacerations or cuts to your eye lids which affect how the eye is moisturized and protected;
  • Orbital fractures which can permanently damage the eye;
  • Crushing injuries to the eye;
  • Rupture injuries to the eye;
  • Iris injuries;
  • Retina contusions;
  • Retina tears;
  • Retinal detachments;
  • Optic nerve injuries;
  • Partial vision loss;
  • Permanent vision loss;
  • Serious and life-threatening infections; and
  • Many more.

If You or a Loved One have Suffered an Eye Injury, Contact Our New Mexico Car Accident Attorneys NOW!

Do not underestimate eye injuries.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.