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May 19, 2017 by Brown Moore Law
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Vision or hearing loss is a catastrophic injury from which full recovery may be impossible. Becoming legally blind or deaf, or even experiencing severe damage to your vision and hearing, can profoundly change your life and possibly end your career. You need to understand your options for recovering compensation or obtaining benefits if your vision and hearing loss are work related.
At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC our legal team can help you to take action if you suffered an injury or illness that caused your vision to be affected or that resulted in the loss of your hearing. Whether your injury occurred on-the-job or offsite, our experienced legal professionals will make sure you understand the legal options available to you for getting compensated for damages.
Damage to the eyes or the ears can occur at work in many ways. From chemicals in the eyes to exposure to loud noises to a foreign object puncturing the eardrum or causing the loss of an eye, you could suffer illnesses or injuries that affect your ability to see clearly and hear well. When you become blind, deaf, vision-impaired or hearing-impaired, your ability to work and to do routine daily activities is affected.
Depending upon the nature of the damage and the cause of the harm, you may experience significant complications from the damage to the eyes or ears. Your working life and your daily life are all impacted in profound ways when you can no longer see or hear and you need to make sure you are getting the help you need.
If your vision or hearing loss was work related, you can receive workers’ compensation coverage for these injuries. You can make a claim for benefits when illness or injury occurs as a direct result of your job duties.
You should receive full payment of medical bills necessary to try to restore or save your vision and hearing, as well as compensation for any adaptive devices or other medical care made necessary by your work-related injuries. Hearing aids, corrective lenses, surgical procedures, and other treatments are just some of the things that you can be compensated for. There is a schedule to determine the extent of the damage, the degree of your vision and hearing loss, and the level of benefits you should receive. The greater the loss, the greater the period of compensation for which benefits may be available.
Workers’ compensation benefits are available irrespective of how your vision or hearing loss occurred, or whether an employer was at fault. However, filing a personal injury claim against an employer is generally not permitted, even when you are left blind or deaf due to work conditions. Without the ability to bring a civil lawsuit, you cannot get compensation for pain and discomfort or emotional distress. However, there may be third-party non-employers that you can pursue a civil lawsuit against to obtain compensation for pain and suffering. For example, if a machine malfunctioned and resulted in the damage to your ears or eyes, the manufacturer could be held accountable.
The goal of a workers’ comp attorney is to help you determine how your vision and hearing loss occurred and assist you with pursuing a claim and/or a civil case to maximize the money and benefits you receive. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we understand that when your vision or hearing is affected, your life is changed forever. We will fight hard to get you the fair compensation you deserve.
Learn more today about how a workers’ comp attorney can help if you have experienced vision or hearing loss related to your job. Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC offers free consultation to those whose illness or injury has affected their ability to see or hear. Contact us at 844-452-3688 or get in touch online to learn how we can help.