Losing your sense of hearing can be a devastating and life-altering experience, especially if caused due to someone’s negligence. In such a case it is important to work with a top injury attorney to get a fair compensation.
Hearing loss is of two types:
- Conductive hearing loss: it is a result of damage to the sound-conducting bones of your inner ear or a malfunction of your eardrum or wax that hinders the sound waves. Fortunately, in most cases, this is reversible with treatment.
- Sensorineural hearing loss: It is often a result of an injury to the ear. Since it leads to nerve damage, hearing loss is irreversible in majority of the cases.
Hearing loss can also be a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Overall, prolonged exposure to loud noises, injuries to the head, or sudden exposure to an extremely loud noise are the primary causes of hearing loss.
Some of the common causes of hearing losses as a result of accidents are:
- Motor vehicle accidents: In a car crash, hearing loss can be due to the excessive noise or airbag explosion. Moreover, resultant injuries such as brain injury or perforated ear drum can also lead to hearing loss.
- Accidents at the work place: Often, people involved in working with heavy and loud machinery such as at a construction site, can lose their sense of hearing as a result of this occupational hazard. However, OSHA regulations are in place to minimize such risks. Additionally, the onus of warning the employee about this occupational hazard lies with the employer, and if they fail to do so, they can be held legally liable.
- Medical negligence: Hearing loss may also be a result of medical negligence by a doctor, nurse or other health care worker, though such cases are rare.
If someone has suffered hearing loss due to the aforementioned or any other accident caused by someone else, you’re entitled to a compensation. You can also claim a compensation in cases of partial or temporary hearing loss as long as it was caused by someone’s negligence.
At the same time, it is important to remember that hearing loss cases are very complex as proving negligence can be a challenge, hence, it is recommended to work with a personal injury attorney. Remember, the compensation depends on various factors such as the extent of hearing loss (full or partial), age of the victim, expenses incurred after the injury, other losses, etc. Trust a personal injury lawyer to help you arrive at a fair settlement derived keeping all these factors in mind.
If you or someone you know has suffered hearing loss due to someone’s negligence and you need the best personal injury attorney, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.