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Eye Injury at School Causes Partial Blindness…

Submitted By: Nardia (Prince Georges, Maryland)

My son was injured during physical education / gym class while playing soccer. The injury resulted in a Macular hole, leaving him legally blind in his left eye. I have advised the school and have left several messages for the principal to no avail.

What is my recourse? Thanks for any information you can give.

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Answer

Dear Nardia,

Macular holes aren’t usually associated with eye trauma. Instead research shows the primary reason molecular holes develop are:

– Vitreous shrinkage and/or separation

– Diabetic eye disease

– High amounts of nearsightedness (myopia)

– Macular pucker

– A detached retina

– Best’s disease (inherited condition causing macular damage)

– Age (usually 60 years or older)

From the facts you present it is possible your son’s macular hole may have been a result of a detached retina.

Before entering into substantive conversations with the school’s administrators you would be best served by seeking a medical opinion from an ophthalmologist. Once you have medical evidence of your son’s injury you will then have to be able to link it directly to your son’s soccer injury.

If the school administration will not communicate with you voluntarily you should put your thoughts into writing and send a certified letter, return receipt requested, to the principal or higher school administrator. If they still don’t respond you may need to consider contacting a personal injury attorney.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: November 14, 2011

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