Nassau County Hearing Loss Injury
Finding yourself suddenly unable to hear is frightening. Deafness affects almost every aspect of your life. It impacts your ability to interact with co-workers, family members, and friends. It makes it more challenging to accomplish routine daily activities. Sudden hearing loss can occur as the result of a work-related accident, an auto accident or a construction accident. For example, a severe head injury could cause you partial or complete loss of the ability to hear. Similarly, a loud noise that occurs in a construction accident could also cause deafness. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you lost your hearing as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Nassau County personal injury lawyer who will review the details of your case and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.Causes of hearing loss
One of the most common causes of traumatic deafness is a blow to the ear or to the head. Simply falling down and hitting your head in particular place can resulting in a minor loss of hearing to you becoming profoundly deaf.
Another reason that victims lose the ability to hear is being exposed to a loud noise. In some cases noise-induced hearing loss only takes a single exposure to a loud noise such as a gunshot, explosion or firecracker. In other case the loss of hearing occurs gradually after being regularly exposed to loud noises.
Oftentimes noise-induced hearing loss occurs at work. While there are federal and state rules that require workers to wear headphones or other safety equipment to protect their hearing, there are cases when such rules or ignored. In other cases workers are not properly trained. Jobs that require workers to be exposed to loud sounds include:
- Airport ground workers
- Construction workers
- Factory employees
- Railroad staff
- Nightclub employees
- Farm workers
There are also recreational activities which expose people to dangerously loud sounds such as riding motorcycles, hunting, shooting at gun ranges, listening to loud music through headphones or earbuds and snowmobiling.
Another common cause of hearing loss is the deployment of airbags. While there is indisputable evidence that airbags save lives, airbags also can injure. When an airbag is deployed there is a loud noise of 160 decibels or more. According to the National Institutes of Health, exposure to sounds of 85 decibels can cause noise-induced hearing loss.Symptoms of damage to the ear
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. Some of the common symptoms that you may have experienced damage to your ear include a ringing or buzzing sound in your ear, vertigo, fluid leaking from your ear, and pain and in your ear.Pursuing damages
Even if your hearing loss is not complete, your life may be significantly affected. 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 your hearing loss occurred because of exposure to loud sounds at work or because of a workplace accident such as a blow to the head, you may be eligible for benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
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. You may be entitled to compensation from a personal injury claim, from workers’ compensation, or from other sources. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents, and will work hard to make sure your legal rights are protected. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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.