Seeking Workers’ Compensation as a Hearing Loss Victim
There are many ways an individual’s hearing can be damaged. The most obvious of these is prolonged exposure to dangerously loud sounds without proper hearing protection. Another is a traumatic brain injury.
When an individual suffers hearing loss or another type of injury because of an accident or dangerous conditions in his or her workplace, he or she may seek compensation for his or her medical bills and lost wages through a workers’ compensation claim. In New York, workers’ compensation claims are handled by the New York State workers’ compensation Board. They are governed by a specific set of rules, some of which only pertain to individuals with certain conditions. If you suffered from hearing loss as the result of dangerous noise levels at your current or previous job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Occupations that Put Workers Most at Risk of Hearing Loss
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is one of the most common workplace injuries reported in the United States.
Certain jobs put workers at a greater risk of hearing loss than others. Examples of positions where workers face an increased hearing loss risk include:
● Flight crews
● Nightclub staff members
● Construction workers
● Bouncers and other stadium staff who frequently work at concerts
● Manufacturing workers
● Ambulance drivers and EMS crews
● Demolition crews
Individuals in these professions are advised to wear hearing protection when working and to seek frequent breaks from the noise.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries After Leaving your Job
Hearing loss is considered to be an occupational disease. Because of this, special rules govern when hearing loss victims can file their workers’ compensation claims.
Workers suffering from hearing loss may file their claims up to three months from the date of leaving their harmful workplaces or three months from the date that the harmful noises occurred.
Individuals who suffer hearing loss from one-time accidents may also receive compensation through a Scheduled Loss of Use (SLU) Award. This is an additional compensation amount paid alongside one’s normal workers’ compensation award to cover the expenses of losing a limb, extremity, or one’s hearing or vision. SLU awards are calculated according to the how badly the victim was disabled, the length of time the law allows for the type of injury the victim suffered, and the victim’s average weekly wage.
Work with an Experienced New York Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have suffered hearing loss or any other type of disabling injury as a result of the conditions present in your workplace, even if you are no longer working for the company where the damage occurred, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. To learn more about pursuing a workers’ compensation claim for hearing loss, speak with experienced workers’ compensation lawyer Robert A. Koenigsberg. Contact our office today to set up your initial consultation with The Robert A. Koenigsberg Law Office.