Hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses among American workers. Work-related hearing loss can be covered by New York State Workers’ Compensation. A worker can suffer traumatic hearing loss due to one-time noise exposure, like an explosion. The more common claim is for hearing loss that develops over time, due to persistent exposure to loud noise.
A claim for traumatic hearing loss should be filed as soon as possible after the incident occurs. A claim for occupational hearing loss, the kind that develops after years on a noisy job, cannot be filed until after you have stopped working in the noisy environment. Because of this, hearing loss claims are often filed in connection with retirement. Due to the time requirements involved with filing any type of hearing loss claim, it is important to discuss your job situation with a lawyer.
Lewis & Lewis can assist you with Workers’ Compensation for hearing loss, including filing your claim as well as obtaining the necessary hearing test and medical reports required to pursue your claim. We have assisted many clients with hearing loss claims related to jobs in manufacturing, construction, trucking, heavy equipment operation, welding, and firefighting, among many others. If your job requires hearing protection, you will probably have a claim for hearing loss when you retire.
Hearing loss claims generally require multiple Workers’ Compensation Board hearings. Lewis & Lewis attorneys have been handling these types of hearings successfully, for decades. Once a case is established you will be covered for hearing aids and related expenses, and may also receive a monetary award. Lewis & Lewis can answer your questions about work-related hearing loss today.