Stephen Hasner | Workers' Compensation | September 9, 2023
Hearing loss is among the most common work-related injuries in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 22 million workers in the United States are exposed to hazardous occupational noise. While noise is a common cause of hearing loss in the US, there are other ways to suffer injuries, including chemical exposure.
Regardless of the reason, if you suffer hearing loss because of your work environment, you have the right to recover compensation for your injury. Filing a workers’ compensation claim due to hearing loss requires a thorough investigation and understanding of the law. Before you start the process, learn more about what goes into filing a workers’ compensation claim for hearing loss.
Steps to Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Hearing Loss
While occupational hearing loss may occur in any work environment, industries where individuals work with heavy machinery and equipment are some of the greatest at risk. It’s important to note that while these industries are more susceptible to hearing loss, employers are still responsible for taking the necessary measures for a safe environment for their employees.
In order to file a workers’ compensation claim for hearing loss, there are a few steps you will need to take to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. Consider the following:
- Speak with an attorney about your situation
- Document your environment, any loud noises, or chemical exposure
- Act fast and inform your employer of your injury
- Seek medical attention using an employer-approved medical facility
- Complete and make copies of the necessary paperwork
- Identify any potential witnesses for your claim
Filing a hearing loss workers’ compensation claim is challenging without a professional lawyer by your side. Treating hearing loss is unlike other claims in that you may require long-term resources like hearing aids or cochlear implants to improve hearing. Our Hasner Law team works with specialists who understand the necessary procedures, surgeries, and treatments for your condition and will work to recover the essential compensation for your losses.
Your employer’s insurance should pay for any medical treatment you receive for your hearing loss. However, there are situations where legal conflicts arise with employers or insurance companies. Our team’s commitment to you and our extensive background offer clients insight and representation they can trust. Don’t hesitate to contact our team today to discuss your situation and needs.
What Damages Can You Recover in a Hearing Loss Workers’ Compensation Claim?
The damages and potential recoverable compensation depend on the type of hearing loss you suffer and the necessary treatment for your condition. While we are unable to provide a complete, detailed account of your potential compensation without evaluating your situation, the following are a few examples of compensation you may be able to receive in a hearing loss workers’ compensation claim:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Cost of prescription medication
- Surgical procedures
- Emergency medical transportation
- Long-term, at-home assistance
- Rehabilitation/physical therapy
- Cost of prosthetic implants
- Past and future lost wages or income
We highly recommend speaking with our team as soon as possible. Georgia’s legislation requires individuals to file workers’ compensation claims within one year of the injury. However, the period for you to file may have more or less time, depending on your situation, so it’s essential to speak with an attorney for more information.
Suffering Occupational Hearing Loss? Partner With a Hasner Law Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
The physical, emotional, and financial losses you suffer due to occupational hearing loss may feel overwhelming. Our Hasner Law team empathizes with your situation and has over ten decades of combined experience advocating on behalf of employees in Georgia. We offer our clients a wide range of services tailored to their specific needs.
Our clients can feel confident in our representation by providing responsive communication and honest advice. Call (678) 928-8784 or fill out our contact form for more information and to schedule a consultation with our team today.