Falls and Fights Top Causes of U.S. Eye Injuries

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Research presented at an ophthalmology conference shows that falling is the number one cause of eye injuries, and accounted for more than 8,425 hospitalizations over a 10 year period. Most happened to people age 60 and older. In most of these serious eye injury cases, the eye is pierced by an object or there is an orbital fracture. These types of injuries are expensive to treat, and in most cases they are preventable. 

Slipping was the most common type of fall. Falling down stairs was also common. Over the 10 year period, the cost to treat eye injuries at hospitals rose by 62 percent, and now exceeds $20,000 per injury. Surprisingly, fighting is the second most common cause of ocular trauma. Over the 10 year period, there were almost 8,000 hospitalizations for eye injuries. Fighting was the top cause of eye injuries for people between the ages of 10 and 59.

For kids age 10 and under, the leading cause of serious eye injuries was being struck by accident by a person or object. The second and third leading causes of eye injuries for kids were car crashes and accidentally being cut by a sharp object.

It’s now more expensive to get treated for an eye injury than ever before. Many of these eye injuries can be easily prevented, and in many cases, it was another party’s negligence that caused the accident. If you have suffered a serious eye injury because of another party’s negligence, it’s important to speak with an attorney. You may have some legal options for compensation. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Visit our Facebook page for more information
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