Most people do not think about how detrimental hearing loss is until it happens to them. Unfortunately, millions of Americans experience hearing loss due to exposures in the workplace. At JML Law, we are here to help you secure compensation for your injury. Our hearing loss attorneys will get to work linking your hearing loss to your workplace. Just because these injuries are not as easily visible does not mean they should be taken less seriously. We are on your side.
How many people does workplace hearing loss affect?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses reported during the latest year of data in the United States. Most people think of traumatic injuries when they hear “work injury,” but some of these injuries are not as immediately noticeable.
Did you know that over 30 million US workers are exposed to noises loud enough to damage their hearing each day in the workplace?
- Around 24% of all hearing loss in the US can be attributed to exposures in the workplace.
- Most workplace hearing loss is easily preventable.
What are the common causes of workplace hearing loss?
If your first thought about hearing loss is that it is caused by loud noises, you are mostly correct. That is why the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) says that workers should not be exposed to over 85 decibels for more than eight consecutive hours.
- The CDC says that city traffic is approximately 85 decibels. Gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers are also around 85 decibels.
Employers need to take appropriate steps to ensure workers have hearing protection from loud noises. Operating in certain environments pose major long-term hearing health risks. Those in the repair and manufacturing, automotive, and construction industries have a high risk of hearing loss.
You should also be aware that chemicals called ototoxins are present in many workplaces and also cause hearing loss.
How does workplace hearing loss affect a person?
A person with diminished hearing capacities can face difficulties getting promoted or finding work. Hearing loss also affects a person’s home life. Studies have linked hearing loss to depression. Researchers say that hearing loss leads to feelings of isolation for the victim.
How much compensation will I get for this injury?
When you put in long hours at work, the last thing you expected was to be exposed to conditions that would take your hearing away. However, if you or a loved one have suffered from workplace hearing loss but are struggling to get compensation, JML Law is here to help. Our team will investigate your case and work to secure the following:
- Your past and future medical expenses
- Coverage of hearing assistance or procedures
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
If your employer’s negligence contributed to the hearing loss, we may even seek punitive damages. When you need a Garden Grove hearing loss lawyer, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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