Hearing Loss and Workers’ Compensation
Many work injuries are the result of a sudden accident such as a fall or a collision. However, workers’ compensation insurance also pays benefits to workers whose injuries occurred over time, through repetitive stress or long-term exposure. Repetitive stress ailments include carpal tunnel syndrome and back problems that develop over years due to repeated motions and activities at work. While exposure injuries can occur suddenly when workers come into contact with certain substances or conditions, most forms of exposure occur over longer periods of time.
Hearing loss is one of the most common types of injuries caused by exposure. Workers in factories, on construction sites and in other industries may be subject to constant or repeated loud noises, leading to inner ear damage and noise-induced hearing loss. That loss often occurs gradually over time. At first, sounds may become distorted or muffled. Eventually, it may be hard for the worker to hear the world around them, making conversation and work difficult.
In cases where workers are subjected to an extremely loud noise such as an explosion, hearing loss may be sudden and immediate. When a worker suffers hearing damage, a series of tests are conducted over a period of time to determine the extent of the impairment and the worker’s ability to understand speech. Whether your hearing impairment is due to long-term exposure or one intense incident, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
Depending on the nature of your impairment, those benefits could be temporary or permanent and total or partial. The Oklahoma work injury attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons fight to get you the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Contact us today to arrange your free initial consultation at our Oklahoma City office.