Sensory Loss Accident Attorney
About 95 percent of the information we obtain about the world around us comes from our senses of sight and hearing. Slight impairment can be corrected with common medical devices, such as eyeglasses and hearing aids, or lifestyle adjustments, like viewing movies with added English subtitles or avoiding night driving. But more pronounced impairments are much more difficult to correct and deal with on an ongoing basis. Many times, there is only so much that medical science can accomplish, and these impairments are permanent.
The seasoned attorneys at Gerson and Schwartz, PA, have over 80 years of combined experience in dealing with cases just like these. Over that time, our professional team has developed proven methods that help victims obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. This experience gives us an edge both in the courtroom and at the bargaining table, and we leverage these advantages for your benefit.Types of Sensory Loss
Serious injuries, whether due to sudden trauma or a medical condition, often disrupt the body’s normal rhythm in terms of the way it gathers data from the senses and sends that information to the brain for processing. These injuries may also directly affect the nervous system, leading to similar effects. Broadly speaking, there are three types of sensory loss:
- Hearing: Roughly 26 million Americans between ages 20 and 69 have hearing loss because of sudden loud noises, or long-term exposure to lower volume noises, which occurred during leisure or work activities. Hearing loss, which can also be caused by a trauma injury in a fall, assault, or motor vehicle crash, ranges from mild impairment to total loss.
- Sight: A similar number of people in this age group have some level of sight impairment. Vision loss is often caused by trauma injuries or medical conditions. Needless to say, any significant loss necessitates major life adjustments.
- Dual Sensory Loss: About 700,000 people are deaf blind, meaning that both their visual and auditory senses are impaired. Due to the varying definitions of “deaf” and “blind,” the actual number may be far higher.
Advanced medical devices and surgical techniques are available to assist sensory-impaired individuals, and restore these sense to the greatest extent possible.Causes of Sensory Loss
Sensory loss is commonly associated with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries; indeed, sensory impairment is a common symptom of both TBIs and SCIs. Some common causes include:
- Vehicle-Vehicle Collisions: The risk of sensory loss is particularly acute in high-speed or high-impact events, like head-on collisions, rollover crashes, and collisions between a passenger vehicle and large truck.
- Vehicle-Bicycle/Motorcycle/Pedestrian Crashes: In these instances, the victims’ necks and spines are completely exposed, so serious injuries in these areas are quite common.
- Medical Negligence: Misdiagnosis of diabetes, certain viruses, and other conditions, or inadequate treatment, can cause sensory loss.
- Damages in these cases typically include compensation for both economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as loss of enjoyment in life.
The aggressive lawyers at Gerson and Schwartz, PA, routinely handle sensory loss cases in Dade County and nearby jurisdictions. Contact us today at (305) 371-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation. An attorney can arrange ongoing medical care for victims, even if they have no money and no insurance.