Hearing Loss Injury
When serious accidents occur such as a car accident or a construction accident, there are injuries that may heal over time, and there are others that change your life forever. Some people who experience hearing loss may never recover from their injury. A loss of hearing will make everyday activities such as working and interacting with friends and family members much more challenging. While a loss of hearing can be caused by a medical condition, hearing loss can also be caused by the negligence of another person. For example, trauma to the ear can be caused by a truck accident, a work-related accident, a burn or explosion, or event a dog bite. In addition, because accidents that cause hearing loss sometimes involve head injuries, victims sometimes also suffer other serious injuries such as a brain injury, neck injury, back injury, or even a spinal cord injury. If you lost your hearing as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Hearing Loss Injury Lawyer who will review the details of your case and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled through a New York Personal Injury case. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your hearing loss injury may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.Causes of Hearing Loss
Deafness can result from an injury to the ear or the head. For example, acoustic trauma can cause permanent damage to the cochlea. The cochlea is a part of the ear that contains nerves that are essential for hearing. Acoustic trauma occurs when someone is exposed to a single high-intensity sound such as an explosion or gunshot. Noise-induced hearing loss can also occur over time from regular exposure to high-intensity sound such as loud factory machinery. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exposure to 85 decibels of noise for more than eight hours per day can lead to deafness.
A traumatic blow to the ear or to the head is another cause of deafness. Trauma to the ear or the ear canal can cause bleeding and infection which can result in temporary hearing loss. Such trauma can also injure the cochlea, leading to permanent hearing loss. A traumatic blow to the head in a car accident or slip and fall accident can lead to ossicle dislocation, resulting in hearing loss. A head injury can also result in damage to the nerves in the cochlea or to a ruptured eardrum.
Despite rules established by OSHA to reduce the incidence of hearing loss, hearing loss due to workplace conditions is one of the most common workplace injuries. Certain jobs lend themselves more readily to this problem than others, such as loud factories, railroad work, firefighting, construction work or other work that involves heavy machinery, and working at an airport.Symptoms of damage to the ear include:
- Ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the ear
- Ear pain, itching, or irritation
- Fluid leaking from the ear
- Slurred speech
In some cases hearing loss occurs over time, while in other cases it happens immediately after the trauma.Pursuing Damages
If an accident causes you to lose your ability to hear, you will incur significant medical expenses from medical treatment and assistive technology. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to hold the person's whose negligence resulted in your injury legally accountable. You can file a claim to recover past medical expenses as well as future expenses. A personal injury lawsuit may also result in you receiving compensation for the wages you lost, as well as for loss of future earning capacity. Becoming deaf is a physically, emotionally and psychologically painful experience. Therefore, you may also sue for pain and suffering.Bronx Hearing Loss Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you with a hearing loss, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues related to hearing loss. Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.