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Loss of Vision in One Eye: Case Values in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.


Value of Vision Loss Cases

Metro Verdicts Monthly has a graph in this month’s issue that reflects the median verdicts and settlements when the injury victim loses vision in one eye in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The median for the loss of vision in one eye in Maryland is $231,000. You could drive a truck through the gap between Washington, D.C. and Virginia’s median settlements in verdicts with loss of vision in one eye cases: Washington, D.C.’s median is $162,500; Virginia’s is $320,000. If you read graphs regularly, you would expect Washington, D.C. and Virginia to be reversed because Virginia as a whole typically has more conservative verdicts.

These numbers are a bit misleading I think because most loss of vision cases are products liability cases. Many products liability cases have questionable liability which decreases the average and median recoveries. If liability is not an issue, the values of these cases are much higher.

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  • Brad

    How much in North Carolina

  • Vance

    I have a case pending for an infection that ultimately caused me to lose vision in one eye to the point of legal blindness. The primary defendant is a Washington DC hospital. I visited it’s emergency room and was misdiagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis and correctly diagnosed with a corneal abrasion. culture swabbed from eye subsequently yielded no microbes. I was given pressure patches and erithomycin cream and instructed to apply them at bed time which I did – woke up the next morning with a rapidly invading pseudomonas aeriginosa infection. Another medical entity caused an 8 hour delay in treatment and I almost lost my eye. I am going to need a full penetrating keratoplasy in June and there is no guarantee that it will be successful especially because vascularization developed due to prolonged use of antibiotic drops prescribed. Basically, I had nothing but a minor corneal abrasion that was not infected and would have healed by itself in a couple of days. Since I was leaving town the next day, I decided to go to the emergency room where I most likely picked up the pseudomonas bacteria and then it was facilitated in its journey to the center of my eyeball by the attending doctor’s contraindcated non-treatment (he did not patch the eye himself, but instructed me to do so and gave me the materials and an instruction sheet.) I don’t think causation gets any clearer than this. In fact I’ve had difficulty finding another case where the infection was actually acquired as a result of the hospital visit and then through such an incredibly negligent treatment protocol, exacerbated – I experienced the worst physical pain and am still experiencing the worst depression of my life as a result. PS, I am as noted by the hospital’s records a contact lens wearer – all peer review information, literally going back decades indicates NEVER to pressure patch a contact lens wearer presenting with a corneal abrasion. Any comments?

  • Melissa Nicolicchia

    I was in a car accident 08/2011 and a couple days after I am legally blind in my left eye. This has brought me down so hard from being able to see and drive and work now I get head ached just trying to fill out applications, or if I drive it can only be in day light. what is the least I should settle for in the state of Kentucky.

  • Ron Miller

    I agree that the value of these cases is ridiculously low. But you don’t know all of the facts. In some of these cases, the number is smaller because there was a dispute as to whether the negligence caused the injury.