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Falls, Fights Behind Most Eye Injuries

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Fights Behind Most Eye InjuriesNEW YORK – When you slip and fall, you hope you don’t land on your face. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans actually do – and it gets worse: you can injure your sense of sight.

A new study found that falls and fights are the leading causes of eye injuries. The study also discovered that the cost of treating those injuries is on the rise. According to Johns Hopkins researchers, treatment costs rose 62 percent in just 10 years.

Bronx slip and fall lawyers with Cellino & Barnes say eye injuries can be extremely expensive – costing more than $20,000 to treat.

“Your eyes are vital but sophisticated organs and too often, we see people suffer serious injuries in the Bronx,” slip and fall attorney Steve Barnes said. “Unfortunately, the treatment costs have gone up significantly – that’s why we suggest calling an attorney who can make sure you get the best recovery possible.”

In 2002, the median cost of treating eye injuries was just $12,430.

Researchers said falls were the leading cause of these eye injuries – with more than 8,400 hospitalizations. Fights were not far behind with 8,000. Car accidents, toxic substances, dog bites, and defective products were also in the mix.

According to the authors of the Johns Hopkins study, many patients deferred treatment for their eye injuries, even when they were severe, due to the high medical costs.

Bronx slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say deferring treatment can be dangerous and calling a lawyer could save you unnecessary pain and suffering.

“When a patient refuses treatment, that injury may not heal on its own and they could develop severe complications,” Barnes said. “That’s why our attorneys fight to get clients the compensation they deserve – we want to see our clients get the treatments they need.”

Study authors wanted their research to draw attention to the high costs of these injuries and make it known that most of these accidents can be prevented. Safety glasses are “vastly” underused, one author pointed out.

When it comes to fights, attorneys suggest staying out of them. Diplomacy can settle disagreements in a much safer fashion.

 

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