Manhattan Hearing Loss Injury

If you have lost your ability to hear in an accident, you can appreciate how difficult it is to deal with this type of injury. Victims of this injury often report feeling isolation, and the inability to carry on with their lives. Hearing loss can be the result of a disease, but is commonly caused by excessive noise which damages the inner ear. Accidents can be to blame as well, from a traumatic brain injury, from a serious fall in a trip and fall accident, or from a construction accident. The exposure to constant loud noise over a period of time can cause deafness, or being exposed to a single extremely loud sound, like a gunshot or explosion. If you or a family member has experienced an injury that has affected your hearing, contact an experienced Manhattan Hearing Loss Lawyer who will review your case and explain what legal recourse you have in this matter.

Causes of hearing loss

Deafness can result from an injury to the ear or the head. For example, acoustic trauma can cause permanent damage to the cochlea. The cochlea is a part of the ear that contains nerves that are essential for hearing. Acoustic trauma occurs when someone is exposed to a single high-intensity sound such as an explosion or gunshot. Noise-induced hearing loss can also occur over time from regular exposure to high-intensity sound such as loud factory machinery.

If your injury occurred at work, it is important to understand that under state and federal law your employer has the responsibility to keep you safe and monitor sound levels at the workplace. If the noise level is too high, your employer is required to take action and ensure the safety of your hearing, including providing hearing protection if necessary. Certain professions that have a higher risk of ear damage injuries such as:

  • Operating heavy machinery, construction work;
  • Working around aircraft or airports;
  • Working trains or for the railroad industry;
  • Factory, assembly line work;
  • Working as a firefighter, or driving an ambulance.

It is possible to file for workers' compensation benefits, but that may not be enough to properly compensate you for your losses.

Symptoms of damage to the ear include:
  • Ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the ear
  • Ear pain, itching, or irritation
  • Pus or fluid leaking from the ear
  • Vertigo

Hearing loss is experienced differently depending on the circumstances. It can slowly worsen over a period of time, or be experienced immediately. People that experience hearing loss slowly may take time to realize they actually have a problem. Acoustic trauma in the workplace is a common cause of hearing loss. This causes damage to the inner ear that can be caused from either long exposure to certain noises or from one loud sound. Warning signs that you may have experienced hearing loss include: everything sounding muffled, ringing or roaring in the ears, problems hearing high pitched noises, and problems understanding speech.

Even the hearing loss is partial your quality of life will be diminished. Medical intervention to correct the problem may or may not be successful. The ear is a very delicate structure, and more often than not there is no treatment of cure for hearing damage.

Pursuing damages

If an accident causes you to lose your ability to hear, you will incur significant medical expenses from medical treatment and assistive technology. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to hold the person's whose negligence resulted in your injury legally accountable. You can file a claim to recover past medical expenses as well as future expenses. A personal injury lawsuit may also result in you receiving compensation for the wages you lost, as well as for loss of future earning capacity. Becoming deaf is a physically, emotionally and psychologically painful experience. Therefore, you may also sue for pain and suffering.

If the injury that resulted your hearing loss was work-related, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. New York's workers' compensation laws state that injured parties are entitled to compensation if they sustain a work-related injury. Compensation often comes in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, it is important to note that worker’s compensation benefits are limited. Just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers’ compensation.

Manhattan Hearing Loss Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left a hearing loss, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents that resulted in serious injury. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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