Torn Tear Duct Injury Lawsuits
In 2011 more than 36,000 motor vehicle accident related injuries were reported by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Car crashes can result in many types of injuries including injuries to the face which is often exposed at the time of a crash.
A torn tear duct is a painful facial injury that affects the tear drainage system and the system could become blocked or torn if the outer eyelid is torn during a traumatic accident. Although blocked tear ducts is a common occurrence in children, recurrent infections and trauma may cause the issue among adults as well.
According to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey of 2009, more than 1.5 million people visited emergency rooms for facial trauma. Millions of persons visited the emergency room for injuries related to motor vehicle accidents and some of these may have been facial injuries including a torn tear duct.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your accident injuries, call our personal injury attorneys in Tulsa OK at 1-800-304-9246.
Torn Tear Duct Injury Causes
Most commonly tears are thought to only be produced when a person is crying, however, tears are actually produced at all times to protect the eyes. Tears can help moisten the eye and remove any dust or foreign objects such as an eyelash or dust. When a tear duct injury occurs it can disrupt the flow of your tears which can increase a persons risk of getting eye infections.
When anyone is involved in a vehicle there are many hazards within, and outside, of the vehicle that can cause a torn or blocked tear duct including:
- Steering Wheel
- Seat Belt
- Broken Glass
- Front Seats (if seated behind the driver and passenger)
- Cargo from another vehicle
If a driver is involved in a collision with a pick-up truck or other type of truck that has cargo they risk being struck by unsecured cargo which may also cause further facial injuries.
Symptoms of a Torn Tear Duct
Many eye injuries have similar symptoms and it is important if anyone has been injured in a slip and fall accident, automobile accident, or other type of mishap that they seek medical assistance to diagnose the problem.
Common symptoms of a tear duct injury include:
- Recurrent eye infections or inflammation
- Excessive Tearing
- Painful swelling near, and around, the corner of the eye
- Blurred Vision
- Discharge from the eye
- Worsening symptoms when exposed to sunlight, wind, or cold weather
In severe cases eye infections could spread to the eyelids and other areas around the eye and persons with a torn tear duct are more susceptible to these types of eye illnesses.
Torn Tear Duct Treatment
Traumatic eye injuries can result in serious complications if not treated early on, and if a blocked tear duct is caused by something more than trauma it is important to get an early diagnosis.
Upon a proper diagnosis doctors may decide between three different types of treatment, including:
- Mildly Invasive
A conservative treatment may entail simple massage techniques for the eye and prescription medications if an eye infection is suspected. As the tear duct injury heals the problem may go away on its own, otherwise, doctors will use a mildly invasive treatment which could include:
Dilation & Irrigation: This method uses a special dilation instrument to open up the drainage system and allow for it to be flushed out, thus removing any particles blocking the tear ducts.
Balloon Catheter Dilation: If a persons tear ducts are blocked by inflammation or scarring, the balloon catheter can provide relief of partially blocked tear ducts.
As the final option, surgery can create a new passageway for tears to drain out normally again and the healing process could take a few months.
Contact our Tulsa Accident Lawyers Today
A torn tear duct injury can be difficult to deal with as it is an injury that can affect everyday life if your vision is impaired. At The Edwards Law Firm, we believe that negligent persons should be held responsible for their actions including those who may have caused torn tear duct injuries.
Our team of committed lawyers have provided comprehensive legal counsel to many clients throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Covering three different states we have offices located in Sherman, TX, Little Rock, AR, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and McAlester, Oklahoma.
Contact our trusted team at 1-800-304-9246 to receive a free initial consultation and discover if you have are entitled to making a claim.