Few things are more traumatic than losing your hearing. Along with vision, it is one of the senses that allows you to experience the world and live life to the fullest. When you lose this precious ability due to the reckless or negligent conduct of someone else, you have the right to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation.
Hearing loss in the workplace
If you work in a profession where you are routinely exposed to loud noise, such as construction work, manufacturing, lawn maintenance, or nightclub services, then hearing loss can result if you aren’t provided with proper ear protection.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) once estimated that $242 million is spent every year in workers’ compensation claims for hearing loss. OSHA has established rules to reduce the incidents of hearing loss, but it continues to be one of the most common workplace injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Every year, an estimated 2.8 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States. Falls are the leading cause, accounting for over 523,000 emergency room visits per year. Motor vehicle accidents result in the highest number of TBI-related deaths.
If a slip and fall or traffic accident cause you to suffer a brain injury, then your hearing can also be damaged, sometimes irreversibly. Examples of such damage include:
- A ruptured eardrum
- The middle ear’s ossicle bones becoming dislocated or damaged
- Injuries to the membranes and tissues of the inner ear
- Disruption of the brain’s auditory pathways
Vertigo and dizziness are common signs that your ears have suffered harm. Other symptoms include:
- Difficulty understanding what others are saying to you, especially if there is noise in the background.
- Tinnitus, which is a ringing in your ears
- High sensitivity to sounds (otherwise known as hyperacusis)
- Partial or complete hearing loss
The treatment and rehabilitation of hearing loss related to TBI or an occupational injury is a long and complicated process. Even if you don’t lose your hearing entirely, your quality of life will be affected and you may not be able to maintain your previous employment. If you experience hearing loss on the job, then a workers’ compensation claim can help you cover the costs of medical and rehabilitative treatment. On the other hand, if your condition is due to a TBI incurred by another party’s negligence, filing a personal injury lawsuit will hold that party accountable and enable you to recover lost wages and past medical expenses as well as future ones. You may even be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering. Jayson Lutzky is a New York personal injury attorney and can guide you through the legalities of your claim while you focus on recovering. The process starts with a free initial in-person consultation and evaluation of your case. Call 718-329-9500 to set up an appointment.