Hearing loss is often permanent. In most cases, there is no way to reverse the damage and the only real options for treatment are a hearing aid or cochlear implant. Companies are required by law to provide employees with the safety equipment they need to protect themselves from injury and disease. This includes earplugs or headphones. If a company doesn't abide by this law and you lose a portion of all of your hearing, you are entitled to compensation.
Will Filing A Claim Cost You Your Job?
Victimization laws have been put in place in many states to avoid this from happening, especially if the company is at fault for not providing the right type of safety equipment. Employers who have victimized or bullied their employees who have filed a worker's compensation claim can incur large fines and be found liable for punitive damages.
What Other Obstacles Are Possible?
One of the biggest obstacles many people face is the fact that they don't know exactly when the hearing loss started. Some chalk it up to getting older and others may not even realize that their hearing has deteriorated.
Don't Miss the Deadline for Filing
The deadline for filing this type of worker's compensation claim is three years. If a person discovers that their hearing loss may be attributed to a job they have retired from, the claim can still be filed if it falls within that three-year deadline.
If you have experienced hearing loss and have questions about filing a claim, don't waste any time. Contact your attorney and get a medical/hearing assessment immediately. The longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to get your claim started.