Bronx Deafness Injury
Some professions are more prone to a hearing injury than others. Deafness is a serious injury that can be temporary, or result in a permanent hearing loss. This injury is particularly difficult to deal with, because the victim must cope with feeling isolated, and unable to communicate with the people around them. The injury can arise slowly, or happen instantaneously because of an extremely loud noise or accident. Injuries causing deafness often involve a blunt force trauma to head or other head injury, and can be the result of a roll over car accident, or injuries sustained in a construction accident. If you suffered partial or complete hearing loss as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates who will review the details of your case and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.Causes of deafness
There are a variety of reasons that people can suffer a hearing loss. In some cases it is due to an illness while in other cases it is due to trauma. Acoustic trauma is a type of hearing loss that is caused by a loud noise. It is also referred to as noise-induced hearing loss. It happens when the cochlea is damaged from being exposed to an extremely loud sound such as an explosion, firecracker or gunshot. Typically the noises of over 85 decibels can cause damage to the ear. Noise-induced hearing loss can also occur over time from constant exposure to the high-decibel noise. For example, working in concert venues, at gun ranges, at airports or factories may lead to noise-induced hearing loss. For this reason the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires workers who are exposed to loud noises to wear protective ear gear.
Another common reason for hearing loss is a blow to the head or ear. Trauma to the ear or the ear canal can cause bleeding and infection in the ear which can lead to temporary hearing loss. Ear trauma can also damage the cochlea leading to permanent hearing loss. For example, in People v. Carson, 2015 NY Slip Op 2494 (N.Y. App. Div., 2015), the victim experienced hearing loss after the defendant, Joseph Carson, hit her in the head with a gun.
Another cause of hearing loss is a medical mistake. If a doctor or some other health professional fails to properly treat a condition or makes a medical misdiagnosis, then the patient could suffer a number of medical problems including a loss of hearing. For example, in the case of McCarroll v. Rosen, 2015 NY Slip Op 30049(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2015), plaintiff Joann McCarroll suffered from Arnold Chiari malformation and cervical spine disc pathology. As part of her treatment she received a brain MRI of April 28, 2006. Her doctor misinterpreted the MRI, failing to diagnose the presence of an abnormality or mass epicentered at the skull base. As a result McCarroll suffered intermittent hearing loss, dizziness, and visual disturbances. McCarroll filed a medical malpractice claim against the medical professionals responsible for her care.Symptoms of damage to the ear
Short of not being able to hear at all, symptoms that you may have suffered damage to your ear include:
- Muffled hearing
- Ringing or buzzing in the ear
- Pain in the ear
- Itching in the ear
- Irritation in the ear
- Fluid leaking from the ear
Hearing loss can be temporary, or it can be permanent. In some cases the hearing loss occurs immediately after the trauma while in other cases it happens over time. Depending on the part of the ear that is damaged, hearing loss may return on its own or with surgery. In cases of permanent hearing loss, there are devices such as cochlear implants and hearing aids that may improve the hearing and assist with communication.Pursuing damages
Victims who suffer hearing loss in an accident will incur significant medical bills. If the hearing loss is permanent the victim will also have to face with life-style changes, including a loss of employment .
If you suffered damage to your ear in an accident caused by another person's carelessness, through a personal injury lawsuit you can hold that person financially accountable. You can demand both past and future medical expenses. You can also demand payment for lost wage and loss of future earning capacity. Because becoming deaf is a physically, emotionally and psychologically painful experience, you may also be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you with a temporary or permanent hearing loss, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.