NYC Deafness Injury
Hearing loss is a difficult injury to contend with because it affects every aspect of your life. Every day life is altered in a dramatic way, and hinders your ability to interact with family and friends. Deafness can happen over a long period of time, or can happen as a result of an accident. An accident can include a severe Head Injury, or exposure to a sudden loud noise exceeding a certain decibel level. If you or a loved one has experienced Hearing Loss, you may have recourse against a negligent third party. It is important to speak with a NYC Deafness Accident Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for legal guidance.
Our legal team can tell you that employers must test for dangerous noise levels and document their findings. Thousands of workers experience Deafness due to excessive workplace noise. A Workers Compensation claim may appropriate in this instance, in addition to a personal injury action, depending on your particular circumstances. Jobs that may have excessive noise levels include:
- Factory work
- Railroad work;
- Work that involves heavy machinery such as construction work;
- Working at Airports.
Hearing loss is such a difficult disability to contend with because it affects not only your home life, but potentially your ability to work. Often this condition will arise slowly over a period of time, so it may take awhile before the victim realizes they have a problem. At the workplace, the common cause of hearing loss is acoustical trauma. This causes serious inner ear damage that can occur from a long steady exposure to a noise, or a sudden very loud noise. Initial warning signs that damage has occurred include sounds being muffled, difficulty understanding people, ringing or roaring in the ears, and inability to hear high-pitched sounds. If you have recently experienced Deafness because of your work or an accident, you are likely contending with increased medical expenses, as well as emotional pain and suffering. You may need corrective surgery or a hearing aid as well. These damages may be recoverable against a negligent third party, so it is important to speak with a NYC Injury Lawyer.
It is important to note that if the noise levels are unsafe at your work; your employer should be providing ear protection. Any exposure to noises over 85 decibels can create Hearing Loss. People may not be aware that a simple power tool produces potentially damaging noise levels of over 100 decibels. Noises that are over 120 decibels can produce instantaneous loss of hearing. Commonly used construction tools such as a nail gun produce levels of over 140 decibels.
Speak with our legal team to learn more. We can provide you with legal guidance, and advise you of your rights. When you come in, we will provide you with a free initial consultation. Whether you have suffered a work-related injury, or have been the victim of a Defective Product, or have been in a serious Construction Accident, we can help guide you through the legal processes involved. We have offices throughout New York City, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. On Long Island, we have locations in Nassau County and Suffolk County, as well as Westchester County. Call us today for an appointment at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW.