If you experienced an accident at work and now perceive a noise or ringing in your ears, it is possible that you are experiencing tinnitus. It is not an uncommon issue as it affects every one in five people in the U.S. Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying disorder, it is not a condition. Common underlying conditions include old age, ear injury, or a circulatory disorder.
And while it can occur naturally, accidents to the ear are a big issue because it is not known how many people suffer from the symptom. Hearing loss is a huge issue in the country and it is not known how many people perceive the ringing of tinnitus because many people do not file claims. The biggest reason that people with tinnitus do not file claims, according to John Ratliff, a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s noise committee, is because they don’t know they can file a claim for it.
Tinnitus-Causing Accidents at Work
You have extremely fine, microscopic hairs in your inner-ear that move in response to sound waves, which then trigger your ear cells to release electrical signals down the auditory nerve to your brain. Your brain then interprets the electrical signal as sound. These are fragile hairs and can get damaged if the sound wave is strong enough. If the hairs get bent or broken, they can twitch and, in a sense, leak electrical signals to your brain, making your brain believe it hears something.
If you work near loud machinery, like at a factory, construction site, or other such environment, you may be at risk of damaging your inner-ear hairs. If you experience a ringing in your ears and believe the loud noises of your work contributed to it, contact our LA law firm today.
Blunt Force Trauma:
When you hit your head against a solid object, it can cause some serious damage to your inner-ear, the hearing nerves, or any brain function that is linked to hearing. When an accident like this occurs, it generally only causes one ear to experience the ringing.
Accidents at work can include a falling object hitting your head, machinery malfunction that impacts your ear or head, or even commercial auto driving accidents.
When you experience whiplash and the forces attributed to the impact damage the workings of your inner ear or you experience brain damage. In addition to the force your brain experiences during a car accident, sound may damage your hearing cells. Airbags must deploy quickly — within fractions of a second after the initial collision — in order for the airbag to cushion and soften the impact force. Because airbags expand so quickly, it displaces a lot of air, producing a large pressure wave, or a sound wave. This intensity of this pressure wave can damage the hairs in the cochlea and lead to tinnitus.
Traffic Accidents are the leading cause of brain injury in the United States. Other causes of brain injuries
include slip and fall accidents
, ladder falls, falling objects, construction site accident, and workplace accidents.
File a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Tinnitus
Most healthcare plans do not cover the cost of hearing aids. Hearing aids are the most common and effective method to treat hearing loss or other hearing illnesses. Even Medicare does not provide hearing aids. This is unfortunate because the technology around hearing aids has improved exponentially and the newest hearing aids can be digitally programmed and suppress unnecessary background noise. You can file a workers’ compensation in order to get compensated for your troubles.
In order for you to receive workers’ compensation, you have to get a medical professional to determine the legitimacy and extent of the damage. Tinnitus can be a debilitating condition and may only get worse as you age. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury.
In general, for hearing loss-related injuries, people are entitled to receive compensation for partial disability if your hearing injury was caused by an explosion, repeated exposure to loud noises, or other work-related injuries that affected your auditory senses.
Your employer’s insurance company will attempt to give you an amount that will simply not cover all of your damages. Even if it does cover the medical treatment, it may fall short on the compensation you deserve for trauma and other suffering that you went through. This is why you need a quality lawyer that will ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Our qualified attorneys at the DTLA Law Group are here for you and will get you the compensation you deserve.
Information on Tinnitus
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury a Leading Cause:
Mild Brain Damage, and in particular, closed head injuries, are a leading cause of Tinnitus. According to medical practitioners brain injuries affect our hearing and can lead to not only hearing loss but hearing of internal sounds. The reason being our brains are responsible for producing the sounds we hear from external sources. Our ears tunnel the sound waves through our ear canal and stimulate the fine hairs. When these hairs move, they send electrical pulses to our brains, which then translate the sound waves into sounds. When your brain is injured, it is possible the area responsible for hearing gets damaged and may produce phantom sounds that do not exist. Other causes of Tinnitus include:
Tinnitus resulting from ear injuries
- Extreme loud noise includclose-rangeange gunfire, and explosions
- Brain hemorrhaging and brain tumors
- Chemical exposure
- Automobile accidents
- Assault and battery injuries
- Use of medication
- Medical Malpractice – Including Surgery Error and Prescription Error
- Loud Noise in the Workplace
Symptoms of ear injuries are varied based on what part of the ear was damaged: Some common symptoms include:
- Bleeding of the ear
- Cauliflower ear
- Loss of balance
- Inability to walk correctly
- Swelling of the ear
- Ear Pain
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Loss of hearing
In many instances tinnitus may be a continuing complication of ear trauma. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms seek medical treatment immediately. After you have been properly treated contact our ear injury lawyer for a free evaluation of your claim. Our expert legal team has the knowledge and experience to determine whether you have a viable cause of action for your injuries.
What compensation can I receive for my personal injury Claim?
- Medical Expenses: Medical expenses include all medical bills and costs
- Future Medical Expenses: Unfortunately, the effects of a car accident can often be felt for months, years, or even a lifetime after the injury occurred.
- Lost Wages: After an accident, you are entitled to any income you lost.
- Loss of Earning Capacity: In addition to current lost wages, victims of brain injuries are eligible to receive compensation for future lost wages.
- Pain and Suffering: Including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Anxiety and depression resulting from your brain injury
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Tinnitus Case
You have exactly one year from the date of the accident to file your case. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations, and nearly all crimes have it; think of it like an expiration date. If you pass the statute of limitations, your case will not be reviewed and likely thrown out. One year may seem like a long time, but the date can quickly approach and catch you off-guard. A qualified attorney will take care of the legal process to ensure you get all the necessary paperwork and file all the necessary motions before the statute of limitations expires.
Selecting the Right Legal Representation for your Personal Injury Claim
It is important for your attorney understands the extent of your Injuries and employs the proper experts to determine the extent of your injuries and the compensation you are owed.
Free Legal Consultation
Our law firm offers free legal consultation to all of our clients. This gives you the opportunity to sit down with one of our attorneys and explain the details of your case and how you believe you got tinnitus in one or both ears. Our lawyers will then listen to you and offer their initial thoughts on your case. They will also answer any questions you may have regarding possible compensation and other legal questions regarding the lawsuit process. This comes to you with no financial obligation on your part. We want you to have all of the necessary information before you decide on legal counsel.
We also offer the zero-fee guarantee. This means we will not charge you for our services until we prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to prove your case, then we will not charge you.
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: We are a full service plaintiff’s law firm. We are compassionate litigators fighting for the rights of our clients. Our attorneys can help with your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation or a second opinion.
Don’t wait until it’s too late
: It is crucial to act quickly before any limitations can lower or extinguish your rightful claim. Call us for a free consultation with one of our brain injury attorneys
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