After a car accident, you may have obvious injuries that require emergency care. A bleeding arm or a broken leg must be dealt with immediately. The physical pain and emotional toll of the accident may mask other potentially serious injuries. For example, it may be days before you notice that your vision is blurry or that your eyes are extra sensitive to light.
You might think your vision changes are signs of exhaustion or stress, but they may be signs of something more significant.
Vision Changes May Be Symptoms of a Brain Injury
It is not unusual to experience vision changes after a car crash. When there is no obvious eye injury, vision changes may be symptoms of an injury to the optic nerve or brain. Vision changes associated with brain injuries include:
- Sore, achy, tired-feeling eyes
- Headaches, especially after visual tasks
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Blurring when changing the gaze from far to near or from near to far
- Unusual sensitivity to light
- Unusual sensitivity to glare
- Words that seem to move while reading
- Losing your place while reading
- Loss of reading comprehension
- Problems concentrating or paying attention, especially during visual tasks
- Problems tracking moving objects
- Difficulty maintaining eye contact
- Problem with visual memory
- Inability to recognize faces or objects, even of family and friends
- Inability to judge distance (or tell if an object is near or far)
- Loss of visual field
- Eyes that work separately rather than together
Some vision changes are temporary, but there may be permanent damage. Accordingly, it’s essential to contact your doctor as soon as you notice any vision problems after a car accident.
What You Do Next Will Impact Your Car Accident Recovery
A traumatic brain injury that results in vision changes can significantly impact your life. You may be unable to drive, work, or go about your typical daily activities.
As you adjust to your new normal, you also need to consider the future. You can begin protecting your future by contacting an experienced car accident lawyer for a free consultation. During our meeting, we can talk about:
- How to find out what caused your crash. In many situations, you won’t know what caused the car accident when the collision happened. For example, you can’t know whether the other driver was distracted, tired, or drunk right away. However, it’s essential to know why the accident happened so that you can move to the next step of identifying the proper defendants.
- Identifying the proper defendants. In many cases, the driver who caused the car crash will be a defendant in your lawsuit. However, other defendants, such as employers and mechanics, may also be named, depending on the facts of your case.
- Assessing your injuries and property damage. All of your past, current, and future injuries and your property damage need to be accurately assessed so that you can pursue fair damages.
- Negotiating with insurance companies. Insurance companies are not on your side. Insurance adjusters are skilled negotiators who want to get you to settle for as little money as possible. An experienced lawyer can make sure that you are treated fairly, avoid mistakes, and protect the recovery you deserve.
- Filing a lawsuit. Insurance companies know that Hupy and Abraham means business and are often willing to settle our clients’ claims. However, if a fair settlement can’t be reached, we won’t hesitate to go to court.
- The fair recovery you deserve. A successful car accident case can result in a financial recovery that includes past and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
- Our Win or It’s Free Guarantee. You shouldn’t have to take a financial risk to make a fair accident recovery. Accordingly, our law firm offers you a risk-free Win or It’s Free Guarantee. You won’t owe us any hourly fees if we handle your car accident claim. Instead, we will be paid a pre-arranged percentage of your settlement or court verdict.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation in any of our Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois law offices, your home or hospital room, or by video conference. We also invite you to download a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims, at any time.