Some workplace injuries are obvious and require immediate medical attention. However, many injuries that occur at work are not as visible. Hearing loss is a workplace injury, and it can have devastating life consequences. At JML Law, we are ready to help you today. If you have been denied adequate coverage for your injury, we will get to work investigating your case. Let us link your hearing loss to workplace causes so you can get the compensation you deserve. If you need a San Bernardino hearing loss lawyer, call us now.
Is workplace hearing loss really a problem?
There are many occupations that see workers exposed to dangerous noise levels on a daily basis: construction, EMS and fire, clubs and bars, music workers, and more. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that no worker should be exposed to more than 85 decibels for more than eight continuous hours.
- Approximately 30 million US workers are exposed to noise levels that can cause irreversible hearing loss.
- An estimated 24% of hearing loss in the US has been attributed to workplace noise exposure.
- Employees most at risk of hearing loss include those who work in the following industries: mining, lumber manufacturing, repair and maintenance, motor vehicle operations, and construction.
Why do these injuries happen in the workplace?
Workplace hearing loss is preventable and is often caused because employers fail to provide proper ear protection. All employers should ensure at-risk employees have adequate safety gear and ensure that those workers have regular hearing screenings to detect damage before it becomes debilitating.
Many people do not realize that we can suffer from hearing loss due to exposure to certain chemicals called ototoxins. These chemicals affect as many as 30 million workers across the United States.
What are the consequences of workplace hearing loss?
Workplace hearing loss can alter a person’s personal and work life. Studies have shown that individuals with hearing loss (whether workplace caused or not) face difficulties in employment transition and promotion. They have shown that hearing loss can decrease a person’s annual salary by as much as $30,000.
We rely on our hearing for most daily activities, which is why hearing loss can be so detrimental. It can dramatically affect our enjoyment of life. Hearing loss can keep us from properly conversing with our friends and family. It can make us feel isolated. Without proper medical care, hearing loss can lead to depression.
Turn to us for help today
If you or someone you love has suffered from hearing loss due to working conditions, please seek legal assistance now. All too often, victims of workplace hearing loss do not receive adequate compensation for their injuries. At JML Law, our qualified and experienced team will work tirelessly to secure coverage for the following:
- Your hearing loss-related medical costs
- Coverage of hearing assistance devices
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against your employer
If you need a San Bernardino hearing loss attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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