Suffolk County Deafness Injury
Suffering a traumatic injury that results in the loss of your hearing is a difficult situation to handle. Deafness puts a barrier between you and the outside world, and impairs your ability to communicate with family, your ability to work. An injury causing hearing loss can happen quickly because of an extremely loud noise or accident, or can happen after continuous exposure to loud noise over a period of time. Hearing loss can be the result of a concussion, skull fracture, brain injury, head injury, which results in damage to the inner ear. Suffering a fall can also be a factor. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have suffered diminished hearing due to the negligence of another person, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Suffolk County deafness injury lawyer to discuss your case, as you may be entitled to compensation for the losses that you suffered. You should do so quickly, as there are time limits that you must follow when you file a personal injury claim.Common causes of deafness
There are a number of illnesses that can lead to acquired hearing loss such as ear infections, meningitis, and encephalitis. However, sudden hearing loss can also be caused by trauma to the head, face, or ear. Such loss of hearing can be mild or profound, temporary or permanent.
One of the most common causes of traumatic hearing loss is a blow to the head. For example, hearing loss is a common car accident injury. A blow to the head in a car accident or any type of accident can lead to a ruptured ear drum, nerve damage or ossicle dislocation.
Another common cause of hearing loss is exposure to load sounds. A single exposure to a very high decibel sound can lead to the immediate reduction in the ability to hear. Long-term exposure to high decibel sounds may not lead to immediate loss of hearing, but is likely to lead to a loss of hearing over time. For this reason the law requires those who work in environments with loud sounds such as construction sites, railroads, or airports, to wear protective ear gear.Pursuing damages
The law requires that individuals not behave negligently such that others are endangered. If someone does behave negligently and as a result you are injured, then you have the legal right to hold that person accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. However, as a deafness injury attorney in Suffolk County will explain, in order to prevail you must have evidence that the defendant breached a duty of care, as a result of that breach you were injured, and that you suffered a loss.
For example, if your hearing loss occurred in a car accident that was caused by another person, you must show that the defendant broke a traffic law by operating his (or her) vehicle recklessly. You must also prove that because the defendant drove recklessly there was an accident, and you were injured in that accident. Finally, you must prove that you suffered a loss. Compensable losses include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage. In the case of a hearing loss injury, you can prove your medical expenses by showing receipts from medical professionals as well as notes and records from your doctors.
If you lost your hearing due to a workplace accident or due to conditions at work, you would likely be entitled to benefits from workers' compensation. Benefits include medical care and a cash benefits related to your lost wages.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
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 Suffolk County who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. The staff 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.