Quincy Hearing Loss Lawyers
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Did you know that around 22 million workers in the United States are exposed to dangerous levels of noise at work? Did you also know that hearing loss could be covered by workers’ compensation? Whether it’s partial hearing loss or permanently disabling hearing impairments, your hearing loss injuries could qualify you for compensation. Contact an experienced Quincy hearing loss attorney at our firm to learn more about your options.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Noise-induced hearing loss is a very common on-the-job injury. It is caused when dangerous exposure to loud noises damages the hair cells in your inner ear and auditory nerve. Over a period of time, enough hair cells will become damaged and you could suffer from hearing loss.
Sounds are measured in decibels. As an example, a conversation in a restaurant heard from 10 feet away is around 60 decibels. A jackhammer heard from 3 feet way is about 120 decibels. If you’re exposed to noise levels above 85 decibels for a long period of time, you are at risk of developing hearing loss. Because of this, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that maximum exposure to 85 decibels be 8 hours.
In What Jobs Is Hearing Loss Most Common?
Did you know that workers in the manufacturing sectors account for about 80% of all hearing loss workers’ comp cases?
This includes people working in:
- Metal manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Transportation materials manufacturing
- Textile mills
- Plastics manufacturing
Air transportation jobs, such as flight attendants, pilots, mechanics, and baggage handlers, also have a risk of hearing loss.
Other jobs that come with the risk of hearing loss include:
- Professional disc jockeys
- Ambulance drivers/ EMTs
- Construction workers
- Garbage men
Are You Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
Any injuries you sustain while performing work-related duties could be covered by workers’ compensation. However, some injuries are easier to prove than others. In the case of hearing loss, you must present medical evidence and documentation to show the link between your hearing loss and your work conditions.
In the state of Massachusetts, you could be eligible to additional compensation for hearing loss. If you lose hearing in one ear, you could receive the commonwealth’s average weekly wage multiplied by 29. If you lose hearing in both ears, you could receive the commonwealth’s average weekly wage multiplied by 77.
Employers and their insurance companies will most likely try and show that your hearing loss is not work-related. That’s why working with an experienced workers’ comp attorney can be beneficial to your case.
Let Powers & Caccavale Fight for You
Since it can sometimes be hard to prove that your hearing loss is work-related, working with an experienced hearing loss attorney in Quincy is important. At Powers & Caccavale, we can guide through the entire process from start to finish, handling everything for you.
Take the first steps towards justice today by filling out our free case evaluation form or by calling us at (617) 379-0016. Your consultation is free and there are no fees until we recover compensation for you.