Hearing & Vision Injury
Helping Victims Who Suffer Hearing Or Vision Loss On The Job
Hearing and vision loss is a serious problem in the workforce. Virtually all jobs require you to interact with your workplace, and if you lose your vision or hearing on the job, you may feel disorientation or you may not be able to work safely. If you have suffered this sort of serious injury while working, contact the Law Office of Walter Hundley for a free consultation to discuss your workers’ compensation case.
Workers’ Compensation and Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can occur in the workplace due to ongoing exposure to loud noises, sudden exposure to a very loud noise or piercing of the eardrum due to a head injury. In all cases, if your injury was sustained on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
One of the challenges which can occur with hearing loss is that, in many cases, injury occurs over a long period and it may be difficult to definitively prove your injury was caused by noise in the workplace.
Common Hearing Loss Injuries
Whether it is partial or complete, hearing loss can have a serious effect on your life. In addition to losing your hearing, many workers may develop a condition called “tinnitus,” which causes a person to hear steady sounds of whooshing, buzzing, or ringing in their ears. Many hearing conditions develop due to exposure to either one loud noise such as an explosion or to repeated loud noises over time. Industries that can result in higher rates of hearing loss/impairment include:
- Construction or carpentry
- Transportation drivers
Workers’ Compensation and Vision Loss
Vision loss on the job can occur due to exposure to bright lights, chemical exposure, blunt force trauma, puncture injuries and even long-term exposure to computer screens. Vision loss can range from reduced vision to the complete loss of vision in one or both eyes.
Vision loss can be painful, and in many cases it is permanent. Eye injuries can be devastating, as they impact not only your ability to complete tasks as an employee, but also your ability to care for yourself. Learning to navigate the world safely with reduced or lost vision can take many months or years and may require the services of many professionals who can help you.
Workers’ compensation pays for medical care, including any surgeries you need to have and any treatments which can help save your sight as well as any procedures which are determined medically necessary. You may also be eligible for wage benefits if you cannot work due to your injuries.
Common Vision Loss Injuries
Vision issues can also be partial or complete and can either develop due to one traumatic injury—such as getting hit in the eye with an object—or due to long-term exposure to dangerous substances including gases and chemicals. Employees who are at a particularly high risk for vision impairment/loss include those working in the following fields:
- Restaurant or food industry
If you have suffered a work-related eye injury, contact Hundley Law right away. Contact our law office today for a free consultation by filling out our contact form.
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