Personal Injury Lawyers Advocate for Victims of Traumatic Hearing and Vision Loss
We seek justice for individuals in and around Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge who suffer diminished hearing or vision due to another’s negligence
The ability to see and hear is something that people who have the full use of those faculties take for granted. The total permanent or significant loss of either vision or hearing, however, can make it difficult – if not impossible – to work, or otherwise lead a normal life. There can also be associated emotional damage to a victim whose loss of vision or hearing is caused by another’s negligent or illegal conduct: a DUI car accident, a workplace explosion, medical negligence, or criminal violence.
The Sevier County personal injury lawyers at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC understand the despair experienced by victims of traumatic loss of sight or hearing. Our compassionate and dedicated team fights tirelessly on behalf of clients and their families in and around Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and across Tennessee for the compensation they deserve: to cover their extensive medical and rehabilitation costs; for loss of present and future income; and for their psychological pain and disruption of their lifestyles. No case is too complex for our skills or too big for our resources. Let us put our years of experience to work for you.
What are some causes of traumatic blindness and deafness?
Traumatic blindness and deafness, while usually occurring separately, may occur in a single accident such as an explosion, or in conjunction with a severe brain injury. Blindness may result from any condition that interferes with the passage of light from the surrounding environment through the various structures of the eye to the retina at the back on the eye. Permanent damage to structures such as the cornea or lens, or by enucleation of the eyeball, can result from causes as diverse as impact in an automobile accident, fire, contact with an acidic or caustic chemical substance, electrocution, or criminal acts (such as shootings, stabbings, and blunt force trauma).
Traumatic deafness is more likely to occur as a result of exposure to a sudden, very loud noise, explosive compression or decompression caused by sudden, dramatic changes in environmental air pressure, or as a result of brain damage.
What recourse do victims have?
If your visual or auditory senses have been destroyed or permanently diminished because of somebody’s carelessness or recklessness, you may have the right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your financial and non-financial damages. Economic damages are those with actual, measurable values, such as your present and future loss of income, the costs of medical treatment, medicines and drugs, and the cost of rehabilitation beyond what is covered by insurance. Non-economic damages are those less directly measurable, such as pain and suffering, emotional damage, and lifestyle change.
Furthermore, the fact that a disabling injury to sight or hearing may have occurred on the job does not automatically prevent your seeking restitution beyond that provided under Tennessee’s workers’ compensation law. If your injury was due to the negligent actions of an individual at your workplace who was not one of your company’s employees, you may be able to bring suit against that person as a “third party.” You may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits because of your impairment.
Living with the effects of a catastrophic injury is a hardship both for a victim and his or her family, but you do not have to go through it alone. Delius & McKenzie, PLLC can guide you and your family through the most difficult times in your lives. Permanent Loss of Hearing and/or Vision
Let us be your advocate if your sight or hearing are lost because of another’s negligence
If you or a loved one has suffered partial or complete loss of vision or hearing because of someone’s negligence, you should seek the counsel of a qualified personal injury lawyer at once. The experienced Sevierville personal injury attorneys at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC offer the compassionate, personal, and professional attention you deserve. We are ready to help. To schedule a no-obligation consultation with a Sevierville, Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge personal injury lawyer, please call 865.280.3686 or fill out our contact form.