The three main situations that cause hearing loss injuries are: exposure to an extremely loud noise; injuries to the head as a result from an accident; prolong exposure to exceedingly loud noises. Compensation claims can be made to the individual responsible for causing these types of injuries, or the individual’s insurance company. However, not all damages to your hearing may qualify as a personal injury claim.
Hearing loss through Medical Malpractice or Employer Negligence?
Hearing loss that is caused by another person is typically a work-related trauma. If the employer has disregarded the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations regarding the use of loud machinery, or has failed to inform workers about the risks of operating such equipment, then that employer can be sued for negligence and can be held responsible for a worker’s hearing loss. If the hearing loss was induced by treatment from a physician, then that physician can be prosecuted for medical malpractice.
The loss of your hearing does not have to be total in order for you to get compensation. Partial hearing loss, or hearing that was loss for a short duration of time is still grounds for reparation. You must be able to prove that your hearing was unaffected until after the person’s actions caused you to lose your hearing, and that you obtained medical expenses as a result.
An injury lawyer can help review your medical records along with you.
If you have suffered hearing loss due to another person’s bad behavior or negligence, then you must find legal representation. A lawyer will help you to get the most out of your claim by reviewing your medical records and proving that your hearing loss was due to another person’s harmful actions. A lawyer will also assist in procuring compensation for any and all past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering that you have endured.