Hearing Loss on the Job
The workplace must be a safe environment in which to work. This is something that we take for granted, but there is an agency whose regulations dictate the conditions of the workplace. This is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more commonly referred to by its acronym, OSHA. One of the many things that OSHA stipulates is the noise level to which workers can be exposed. But some jobs require an employee to be in the presence of loud machinery or other hazards. Even if precautions are taken, this environment can cause damage over time.
If you or someone you know is suffering adverse health consequences that result from dangerous levels of noise, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. For assistance filing a claim or appealing a denial, contact the skilled Fayetteville workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., by calling 910-448-1600.
Hearing problems can occur for a number of reasons. There is certainly a degree of risk associated with prolonged exposure to high volume, and singular instances of very loud noise, but hearing loss can also occur after certain forms of brain damage or physical damage to the ear. While sufferers can recover from some types of hearing loss, permanent loss is something that many people have to deal with for a lifetime. Examples of complications from damaged hearing may include the following:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Hearing loss from damage to the inner ear or other nerves (sensorineural loss)
- Difficulty balancing (vertigo)
At Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., our Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers will work to get you the benefits you deserve. Contact us at 910-448-1600 today to speak with a compassionate and committed legal representative.