Visual Impairments after TBI: Seeing Through the Lens of Empathy

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and its consequential effects are intricate and multifaceted. One of the most overlooked aspects is visual impairment. In legal circles, there can be contentious debates over the genuineness of these impairments. However, at OTT Law Firm, we emphasize understanding, compassion, and evidence-based conclusions over snap judgments.

Understanding Visual Impairments

Post-TBI visual disturbances can range from mild to severe. However, ascertaining the veracity of these complaints often requires specialized testing and professional insight.

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Meeting with the physician to understand the tests and results is imperative. It offers clarity on how and why certain tests were performed and how the results were derived.
  • The Role of Demonstrative Aids: Words can describe, but visual aids can make the jury empathize. For instance, using “glasses” to simulate the visual disturbances experienced by the plaintiff can offer jurors a first-hand experience of the challenges.

The Power of Empathy

While detailed technical evidence is essential, the human aspect of the narrative is equally pivotal.

  • The Plaintiff’s Perspective: Encourage the jury to see through the eyes of the plaintiff. A day in their shoes, facing their visual challenges, can change perceptions and judgments.
  • Challenge the Defense: Offering demonstrative tools like the aforementioned “glasses” to the defense attorney and suggesting they perform daily tasks, like driving, can solidify your argument’s credibility.


The journey of a TBI patient, especially one grappling with visual impairments, is rife with challenges. At OTT Law Firm, our commitment is to represent their struggles faithfully, ensuring they receive the understanding and justice they deserve.

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