Vision Loss & Hearing Loss
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Your job should not cause you to lose your vision or hearing. Yet every year an estimated 30 million people in the United States are exposed to excessive noise in workplaces and thousands of workers annually are blinded by workplace injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Workers in Georgia who sustain workplace injuries affecting their vision or hearing are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical bills and other expenses.
Serious workplace injuries that lead to vision loss or hearing loss may lead to permanent incapacity or may require vocational retraining, another benefit provided by the workers’ compensation system. Even after a serious workplace injury that causes vision loss or hearing loss, an injured worker may have difficulty getting their full workers’ compensation benefits without legal assistance.
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If you have suffered vision loss or hearing loss as a result of your employment, you should talk to an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorney about the benefits you are entitled to receive, including lost wages, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation costs.
For a free case evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online or call us at (404) 869-1201. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Bushnell & Drye, have more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.
What Jobs Cause Vision Loss and Hearing Loss Workplace Injuries?
Many jobs carry the potential risk of workplace injury to the eyes. Workplace safety standards require employers to provide workers with suitable eye protection. Jobs that expose workers to flying particles, sparks, tools, chemicals and falling objects pose a particular risk of vision loss if workers are not wearing proper fitting eye protection. Flying slivers of metal, glass or wood chips may penetrate the eyeball and cause vision loss. A construction worker can be struck in the eye by a nail from a nail gun. Welders and welders’ assistants may be exposed to UV radiation or welder’s flash that routinely damages workers’ eyes and may lead to vision loss.
Janitors, cleaners, maintenance workers, industrial workers and laboratory workers may suffer eye injuries from splashes of chemicals or cleaning products. Vision loss may create permanent disability and leave a worker unable to perform their job.
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common workplace injuries. It occurs when loud noises damage the delicate sensory hair cells of the inner ear and auditory nerve. When enough hairs cells are damaged, hearing loss occurs. Hearing loss usually occurs gradually over a long period of time from prolonged exposure to high noise levels. Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.
Employers are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplaces to prevent workplace injuries such as hearing loss. Yet workers in industries that have high noise levels have higher risk for hearing loss. Industries with high numbers of workers who incur hearing loss injuries include agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, utilities, and the military.
What Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits Are Available?
Vision loss or hearing loss can incapacitate a worker temporarily or leave them unable to return to work, requiring lifestyle adaptation and job retraining. You may be eligible for temporary total disability, partial disability or permanent and total disability benefits as a result of sensory loss resulting from a workplace injury. Employee’s workers’ compensation benefits are determined by several factors including average weekly wage and degree of incapacity from a workplace injury. A knowledgeable Georgia workers’ compensation attorney can review your vision loss workplace injury and advise you about which benefits you may collect.
Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
The Georgia workers’ compensation system is set up to ensure that employers have insurance to cover employees who are injured or disabled by workplace injuries, including vision loss and hearing loss. All employees have legal rights to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries. And yet, employees often have trouble getting their fair compensation for a workers’ compensation claim, even after loss of eyesight or hearing loss. The insurance company may deny your vision loss or hearing loss was a workplace injury.
At the hearing to decide your workers’ compensation claim, the workers’ compensation insurance company will have legal representation. You should, too. You should have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer standing up for your legal rights to full compensation for a debilitating sensory loss.
Contact Our Workplace Injury Lawyers Today
We believe in a hands-on approach, providing individual attention to each and every client. We do not pass off cases to other Georgia law firms or to junior associates. A client will have the same attorney handling his or her claim from start to conclusion.
At Bushnell & Drye LLC, we make it our job and mission to understand your individual needs and circumstances so that we can zealously represent your interests in the Georgia’s workers’ compensation system. It’s our goal to guide you through the process of obtaining the maximum workers’ compensation and other benefits for which you’re eligible, helping you make fully informed and educated decisions about your case at every stage.
For a free case evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online or call us at 404-869-1201 to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. We have more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.online.