Loss of Hearing Lawyers in York PA: Know Your Rights
When you think of hearing loss, you most likely think of someone who’s attended too many loud concerts or someone who loses their hearing because of aging. While a hearing disability does affect those kinds of individuals, hearing loss is a common injury that results from an accident.
Loss of hearing can be caused by blunt force trauma to the head, as often experienced in a car accident, or can be caused by repetitive exposure to loud noises, a common occurrence for construction and industrial workers.
If you’ve experienced a sudden loss of hearing after an accident or a gradual loss of hearing from workplace exposure, you may have a personal injury case. Medical treatments for hearing loss can get expensive, and you have the right to seek compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The personal injury attorneys at Dale E. Anstine can help! Reach out today and get a fighter on your side.
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is more common than you may think. One in eight people has hearing loss in one or both ears in the United States. Not all hearing loss is the same, and treatment options for hearing loss depend on what part of the ear is damaged.
The three basic types of hearing loss are:
- Conductive hearing loss: The ear is made up of three parts – the outer, middle, and inner ear. In conductive hearing loss, sounds cannot get through the outer and middle ear to the inner ear. The most common causes for conductive hearing loss are fluid in the ear, an ear infection, a hole in the eardrum or an object stuck in the ear canal. Most people will experience conductive hearing loss at some point in their lifetime. Swimmer’s ear is an example of conductive hearing loss.
- Sensorineural hearing loss: Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the inner ear and auditory nerves are damaged. Sounds can be muffled, and soft sounds are hard to hear. Loud sounds may also be unclear, or sound muffled. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by aging, illness, or a birth defect. It can also be caused by a blow to the head, such as in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, or workplace injury.
- Mixed hearing loss: A mixed hearing loss occurs when both a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss happens at the same time. For example, someone working in a loud factory who also has an ear infection would have a mixed hearing loss.
Accident victims can experience different types of hearing loss immediately following and after the accident. Some victims have mild or moderate hearing loss, and others may not completely regain their hearing. If you’ve suffered from hearing loss after an accident, reach out today for a free consultation. Our team can help you determine if you have a personal injury case for your hearing loss.
Loss of Hearing Injury Cases
Hearing loss is considered a catastrophic injury since the loss can dramatically change the quality of life of an accident victim. We rely on our hearing to be able to process the world around us, and the sudden loss of hearing can be devastating. Victims may not be able to work again in the same capacity, may not be able to participate in the same sports or activities they were accustomed to, and the loss may make it difficult to care for others.
Medical treatments are available to help hearing loss victims after an accident and can be very expensive. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are options for some victims, however, can cost thousands of dollars. A sudden hearing loss can be financially crippling without the legal representation of a personal injury lawyer.
Work-Related Hearing Loss
For workers in the construction and industrial industries, hearing loss may be gradual and hard to notice at first. Occupational Hearing Loss (OHL) can occur when workers are exposed to loud noises or even some kinds of chemicals.
If you work in an environment with exposure to decibel levels greater than 85, and have experienced hearing loss, you may have a personal injury or workers’compensation case. The workers’ compensation process in Pennsylvania is complex and our team at Dale E. Anstine can help you navigate the process. Contact us today if you think you have a work-related hearing loss.
Dale E. Anstine: Your Personal Injury Workers’ Comp Attorneys in York, PA
If you’ve experienced a sudden loss of hearing from an accident or a gradual loss of hearing from workplace exposure, you have the right to seek compensation for your injury. Hearing loss is considered a catastrophic injury. Don’t let the loss overwhelm you – we can help you get the compensation you deserve to cover your medical bills and provide you with peace of mind for your future.
Our case evaluations are always free and we never charge you a fee unless we win your case. Hearing loss can be devastating and cause anxiety and stress. Let us take on the stress of the legal system – it’s what we do. Our practice focuses on one thing – personal injury cases. We have worked for more than 40 years in the York, Gettysburg, and Hanover communities fighting for the rights of the injured. We are aggressive with the insurance companies – get a fighter on your side today! Contact us for a free consultation!