Any number of unfortunate situations could result in vision & hearing loss on the job. Exposure to the repetitive loud noises of tools and machinery in a mechanic’s shop or machine shop, working in construction or demolition or even the dream job of working as a musician or equipment manager for your favorite musical act, with consistent exposure to loud sounds and bright lights, could result in long term or permanent damage to your senses.
Vision and hearing loss can be some of the most difficult injuries to deal with because they affect your ability to interact with the people you love.The results of serious accidents can devastate the individual. Their lives can never be the same, once the vision or hearing loss has occurred. Even if the loss is only partial, the quality of life has now diminished radically, and the claim must reflect the actual effect that has occurred in your life. Medical treatments to attempt to cure the condition may or may not succeed, and these body systems are so delicate that often there is no actual treatment for cure.
Vision loss and deafness can be caused by negligent acts that include:
- Workplace accidents such as explosions
- Medical malpractice such as failure to diagnose a brain tumor or other medical conditions
- Head injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents
- Chemical exposure
- Injuries to the eyes
If you lost an eye or an ear in a workplace accident, or suffered permanent damage to your vision or hearing in the course of employment, you are entitled to specific benefits under New York workers’ compensation. In addition to lost wages and medical benefits, workers’ compensation offers specific loss benefits for hearing and vision loss, whether the loss is total or partial. To ensure you receive the benefits and services you need, our lawyers will help your doctor obtain a clear understanding of the accident or work environment that led to your injury. If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, we will represent you in the appeals process.
At Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP (‘Mlawfirm’) the legal team understands the emotional and tragic consequences of these injuries and will relentlessly fight for the client to be compensated for the injury. Our New York City vision and hearing loss attorneys are committed to thoroughly investigating your accident to determine and prove another party’s negligence. We work closely with our seriously injured clients and their family members to learn and understand the total impact of vision and hearing impairments on their lives, including any:
- Inability to continue work in your current field, or perhaps inability to pursue any employment
- Need for costly surgery, other medical procedures, rehabilitation and adaptive equipment as part of your effort to regain the greatest possible quality of life
- The need for emotional counseling if you suffer from depression and anxiety that often affects people who suffer loss of sensory capabilities
In the workplace, noise exposure is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA has set an 8-hour maximum exposure to noise in the workplace at 90 decibels (dBA). OSHA requires an Action Level (AL) of 85 dBA, which requires a hearing conservation program, which includes training, hearing protection and baseline and annual hearing test to reduce workplace noise levels.
Vision and hearing loss cases cases can be extremely complex, and the insurance company will do whatever it can to settle your case for as little as possible. Before you talk to anyone from the insurance company, talk to a reputable New York vision/hearing loss attorney who can help you understand your rights. At Mlawfirm, we dedicate our entire practice to helping serious injury victims. For a free evaluation of your claim, please call Mlawfirm at (212)-400-4000 or email at email@example.com