Long Island Deafness Injury
Unfortunately, many different injuries can occur in car accidents, falls, and in workplace accidents. However, one of the more challenging injuries to face is the loss of hearing. This injury makes it difficult to communicate with friends and family. It also may affect your ability to work, causing financial problems. A loss of hearing can happen because of a sudden accident, or can be the cumulative effect of long-term exposure to loud sounds. Accidents that cause a head injury can cause hearing damage. The impact from an auto accident or a fall in a construction accident may be to blame. If you have suffered diminished hearing due to the negligence of another person, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Long Island deafness lawyer to discuss your case, as you may be entitled to compensation for the losses that you suffered.Causes of deafness
One of the most common causes of hearing loss is exposure to loud noise. The loud noise can be a single high-intensity sound such as an explosion, firecracker or gunshot that occurs close to the victim's ear. It can also occur from constant exposure to lower-intensity, but still loud noise. In fact, hearing loss is one of the most common types of injuries at construction sites as construction sites frequently have loud, heavy equipment. For this reason OSHA established strict guidelines for protecting ears at construction sites and other workplaces. Despite strict rules, hearing loss remains a problem at construction sites because of loud equipment such as nail guns, concrete saws, grinders, drills, generators, jackhammers and compactors. Other jobs where there the possibility of a hearing loss is significant include ground crew at airports, manufacturing, music, motorsports, and working at gun ranges.
Another common cause of hearing loss is a blow to the head. Trauma to the ear or the ear canal can cause bleeding in the ear as well as infection. This can lead to temporary hearing loss. In other cases the damage to the ear is so severe that the damage is permanent and the hearing loss is profound.Pursuing damages
If the injury that caused you to lose your ability to hear was caused by the negligence of another person, you have the right to demand that the negligent person compensate you for your losses. As an experienced deafness injury attorney in Long Island will explain, you can demand payment for your medical expenses, including assistive technology such as hearing aids, as well as other expenses and losses that you suffered.
- Medical expenses. You can demand payment for both past and future medical expenses. Past medical expenses refer to medical expenses accrued at the point that you file you claim. In most cases serious injures require long-term treatment. In fact, it is not unusual some injuries, such as head injuries or brain injuries, to require lifelong treatment.
- Wages lost. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can also demand compensation you lost because you missed work or because you were not able to operate your business. If your loss of hearing sidetracks your career such that you will not be able to make the same amount of money you otherwise would have, you can sue for loss of future earning capacity as well.
- Pain and suffering. Because pain and suffering damages are typically awarded to victims who suffer permanent injuries, a victim who suffers a significant reduction in the ability to hear is in position to demand a significant pain and suffering award.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you with a hearing loss, you should contact an experienced deafness injury attorney serving Long Island who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. The attorneys 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.