Hearing Loss Can Be Permanently Disabling

If you are an industrial worker who is experiencing hearing loss, you may be able to recover benefits through workers' compensation. However, you must be able to prove that your hearing loss is work related. This can be an uphill battle for anyone who does not have experience with the workers' compensation system handling a hearing loss claim.

At Thill and Freeman, PLLC, our lawyer can help. With 30 years of experience in a wide range of workers' compensation matters, Mark Freeman understands the tactics insurance companies use to deny claims and limit disability benefits, and uses his knowledge to get you the benefits you deserve.

Industrial Causes Of Workers' Hearing Loss

Like repetitive stress injuries that wear a person's body down over time, hearing loss often results from repeated exposure to loud noise or vibrations that damage the inner ear. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recognize 85db as the level where noise can cause hearing loss.

If you have to raise your voice at work, noise levels are probably over 85db. Once the damage is done, workers can experience diminished hearing, muffled hearing, difficulty understanding speech, tinnitus, inner ear pain and even vertigo.

Other causes of hearing loss include:

  • A blow to the head
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals
  • Medicines
  • Toxic substances, including mercury, arsenic, tin and lead
  • Loud music

Because there are so many possible causes of hearing loss, it is not always easy to prove the injury is job related.

Workers At Risk Of Hearing Loss In Minnesota

Hearing loss is most prevalent among workers who are continuously exposed to loud noise, especially when they do not use adequate hearing protection. In many cases, workers can take steps to preserve their remaining hearing and improve their quality of life with a hearing aid.

However, in the worst cases, hearing loss can be a disabling condition, which is why it is so important to obtain workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation disability benefits are essential for many workers as occupational hearing loss is often irreversible. Hearing loss also generally worsens over time.

Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation

We represent employees in Minneapolis, the West Metro and throughout Minnesota who are seeking workers' compensation benefits for hearing loss. Please call 952-392-3375 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with our attorney.