Our hearing is valuable. Losing it can affect everything we do in life, from our ability to hold conversations to how we do our jobs. However, do you know what to do if your workplace caused your hearing loss?
At JML Law, we are ready to step in on your behalf. Let our qualified and experienced Downey hearing loss lawyers get to work investigating your case today. Our goal is to ensure that you get the compensation you need for all of your hearing loss expenses.
When you hear the Bureau of Labor Statistics say that there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses reported during the latest year of data available, you probably do not think of hearing loss as being on the list. However, we know that over 30 million US workers are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day in their workplaces. Up to 24% of all hearing loss in this country is caused by workplace exposures.
There are some industries in which workers are more susceptible to hearing loss, including mining, repair and manufacturing, construction workers, and more. We know that OSHA says workers should not be exposed to more than 85 decibels for over eight consecutive hours.
Employers should always provide at-risk workers with proper ear protection and never allow them to operate in environments that pose long-term health risks. This includes minimizing workers’ exposure to loud noises and also chemicals called ototoxins that cause hearing loss.
We rely on our hearing in both the workplace and in our lives away from work. A diminished hearing capacity can lead to a person facing difficulties getting promoted and has been shown to decrease a person’s annual salary by as much as $30,000.
Our home lives will also be directly affected. Not only will we have trouble carrying on conversations with our loved ones, but hearing loss has been directly linked to depression.
When you or a loved one go to work each day, you should be able to count on workers’ compensation insurance. All work injuries should be covered, regardless of who is at fault. However, JML Law is here to help if you or a loved one are struggling to get compensation for your hearing loss. We recognize that these injuries can be harder to pinpoint on direct workplace causes, but we will not let that deter us. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team get to work on securing coverage for:
Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident.