Vision Issues in Trucking Accidents III

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Case Report

A passenger car driven by a middle-aged man struck a trailer-truck as it crossed an intersection.  The driver of the passenger car reported that the truck “came out from no where” and hit his car without warning.  An Independent Medical Examination of the driver of the passenger car that included an automated perimetry measurement of the peripheral vision was conduced.  Ophthalmologic examination showed loss of peripheral vision and whitening of the optic nerve in each eye.  Testing of the driver’s peripheral vision with an automated perimetry test showed a pattern of peripheral vision loss known as bitemporal hemianopsia.  This meant that the driver had significant loss of peripheral from the side of each eye.  The presence of peripheral vision loss accounted for the driver’s inability to see the truck as it crossed the intersection.  Further medical evaluation disclosed the the driver of the passenger car had a pituitary brain tumor that accounted for his peripheral visual field loss.  The lawsuit against the trucking company was dismissed.

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