The Value of a Deafness Injury
An injury causing deafness can incur in many ways. More often than not, it is caused by some type of accident or exposure to an explosion. Deafness can severely impact your ability to work, communicate with family and friends, and go about your daily life. If you have been in a car accident, motorcycle accident or construction accident causing hearing loss, you may be wondering about the value of a deafness injury. Consult with a New York City deafness injury lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates. Their attorneys have decades of experience protecting the legal rights of personal injury clients.
Deafness can be caused by exposure the to the constant sound of machinery, often due to the poor enforcement of safety rules. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that approximately 30 million people suffering from injuries causing deafness every year. Because of this, safety regulations have been created to protect workers.
- Some safety measures include;
- Cycling, or shortening shifts to limit exposure;
- Separating noisy activities from the common work area;
- Requiring employees to wear ear protection.
The mechanisms of the inner ear are intricate, and the nerves used for hearing are connected to the central nervous system. Damage to the ear canal, ear drum, or nerves connected with hearing can result in temporary or permanent deafness.
Being exposed to constant noise over 85 decibels will damage hearing. Sadly, many construction sites, factories and other work sites produce noise levels far above this.
Hearing loss produces symptoms that include:
- Muffled sound;
- Temporary hearing loss;
- Difficulty understanding speech.
If you have suffered an injury that has caused deafness, you may be wondering about the value of a deafness injury, and whether you should seek compensation. Assessing the value of your case is a complicated matter, as there are many factors to consider. Our lawyers been evaluating personal injury cases for decades. Our experienced attorneys have won settlements and awards that have ranged from sixty-nine million ($69,000,000) to 30 million ($30,000,000) to twelve million ($12,000,000). Speak to a New York City deafness injury lawyer from our office as soon as possible for guidance.
Economic Damages: These types of damages include the medical bills have you incurred because of your injury. You can be compensated for your future damages as well. Deafness is a very debilitating injury. You may be unable to work and carry out your daily activities.
Another aspect of your economic damages is your lost earnings. If you have missed work due to your injury, or are no longer able to work at all, you can be compensated for this amount. Lost future earnings for a debilitating injury can run into hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars.
Pain and Suffering: It is permissible to collect damages for pain and suffering in the state of New York. In order to arrive at a fair amount, things like your medical evidence and loss of quality of life will be assessed. There is little argument that if you have lost your hearing you have a loss of quality of life. Arriving at the appropriate number takes expertise. It is important to speak with a deafness lawyer that is familiar with the case law and procedure for New York City.
Insurance: Every insurance company has different policies as to how they handle a personal injury case and how they assess the value of a claim. Policy limits are important. If is very challenging to collect damages in excess of policy limits. There may be however, other sources of insurance available that are connected to the policy.
The following cases were recently decided in the New York:
Kings County, New York - $4,000,000 Verdict Plaintiff run over by car causing head, neck and back injuries.
New York County, New York - $5,000,000 Verdict Plaintiff struck by car causing multiple, severe injuries.
New York County, New York - $10,346,656 Verdict Plaintiff fell in train gap, struck by mechanical gap filler.
Dealing with hearing loss is challenging and stressful on not only you, but your family. If you are considering legal action and want to determine the value of your deafness injury contact us. The attorneys at Stephen Bilkis and Associates wants to help you get the compensation that you deserve. It is important to act promptly, as there are filing deadlines that must be adhered to. Call us today at 800.696.9529 and speak with a deafness injury lawyer from one of our New York City locations. We have offices in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens, as well as Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.