New York Hearing Loss Injury
Finding yourself suddenly unable to hear is frightening. Deafness affects almost every aspect of your life. It impacts your ability to interact with co-workers, family members, and friends. It makes it more challenging to accomplish routine daily activities. Sudden hearing loss can occur as the result of a work-related accident, an auto accident or a construction accident. For example, a severe head injury could cause you partial or complete loss of the ability to hear. Similarly, a loud noise that occurs in a construction accident could also cause deafness. If you lost your hearing as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced New York Hearing Loss Lawyer who will review the details of your case and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.Causes of hearing loss
Deafness can result from an injury to the ear or the head. For example, acoustic trauma can cause permanent damage to the cochlea. The cochlea is a part of the ear that contains nerves that are essential for hearing. Acoustic trauma occurs when someone is exposed to a single high-intensity sound such as an explosion or gunshot. Noise-induced hearing loss can also occur over time from regular exposure to high-intensity sound such as loud factory machinery. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exposure to 85 decibels of noise for more than eight hours per day can lead to deafness.
A traumatic blow to the ear or to the head is another cause of deafness. Trauma to the ear or the ear canal can cause bleeding and infection which can result in temporary hearing loss. Such trauma can also injure the cochlea, leading to permanent hearing loss. A traumatic blow to the head in a car accident or slip and fall accident can lead to ossicle dislocation, resulting in hearing loss. A head injury can also result in damage to the nerves in the cochlea or to a ruptured eardrum.
Despite rules established by OSHA to reduce the incidence of hearing loss, hearing loss due to workplace conditions is one of the most common workplace injuries. Certain jobs lend themselves more readily to this problem than others, such as loud factories, railroad work, firefighting, construction work or other work that involves heavy machinery, and working at an airport.Symptoms of damage to the ear include:
- Ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the ear
- Ear pain, itching, or irritation
- Pus or fluid leaking from the ear
Hearing loss is experienced differently depending on the circumstances. It can slowly worsen over a period of time, or be experienced immediately. People that experience hearing loss slowly may take time to realize they actually have a problem. Acoustic trauma in the workplace is a common cause of hearing loss. This causes damage to the inner ear that can be caused from either long exposure to certain noises or from one loud sound. Warning signs that you may have experienced hearing loss include: everything sounding muffled, ringing or roaring in the ears, problems hearing high pitched noises, and problems understanding speech.
Even the hearing loss is partial your quality of life will be diminished. Medical intervention to correct the problem may or may not be successful. The ear is a very delicate structure, and more often than not there is no treatment of cure for hearing damage.Pursuing damages
If an accident causes you to lose your ability to hear, you will incur significant medical expenses from medical treatment and assistive technology. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to hold the person's whose negligence resulted in your injury legally accountable. You can file a claim to recover past medical expenses as well as future expenses. A personal injury lawsuit may also result in you receiving compensation for the wages you lost, as well as for loss of future earning capacity. Becoming deaf is a physically, emotionally and psychologically painful experience. Therefore, you may also sue for pain and suffering.New York Hearing Loss Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left a hearing loss, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.