Hearing loss is a more frequent disability than is commonly believed. Over 28 million people in the United States are afflicted with loss of hearing. Roughly thirty percent of all those aged sixty-five to seventy-four will experience some form of loss of hearing. If you have suffered an injury that resulted in loss of hearing, contact the Brooklyn loss of hearing injury lawyers at the Law Office of Jay S. Knispel for a free legal consultation.
Types of Hearing Loss Injuries
There are two types of hearing loss, sensorineural and conductive. Causes of sensorineural hearing loss include, but may not be limited to, very loud noise, a viral infection of the inner ear, certain drugs, or Meniere’s disease. In addition, sensorineural hearing loss may be hereditary. Conductive hearing loss occurs when the three bones of the ear (ossicles) fail to transmit sound to the cochlea or when the eardrum is unable to vibrate because of some mechanical difficulty.
Hearing Loss Injury Symptoms
Sudden loss of hearing usually results from exposure to extremely loud sounds or from puncturing the ear drum. People who are losing their hearing will usually notice the following signs:
- temporary loss of hearing in one ear
- temporary loss of hearing in both ears
- persistent ringing in one or both ears
- muffled sounds
- difficulty hearing or comprehending words
- needing to turn volume up on electronics
- needing to ask people to loudly repeat what they are saying
If you have been injured in an accident, either at work or in another type of accident in which another person was negligent or reckless, you have a right to make a claim for compensation for your hearing loss. When one cannot hear properly, it may affect their ability to work as well as their personal lives in a very serious manner. If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury, it is critical you contact a Brooklyn personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to assist you in making your claim.
Effects of a Hearing Loss Injury
Loss of hearing is certainly a catastrophic injury and can have devastating effects on an individual’s life. The quality of life is certainly diminished and compensation should reflect that. It could affect your ability to work, depending on the job. Certain medical procedures and operations may be possible to increase the level of hearing, and there may be other more successful types of operations available in the future as medical science progresses. However, these types of operations are often very expensive, and any claim for compensation should reflect all of the costs and potential costs of your case. Contact our office today to speak with an experienced New York loss of hearing attorney.
If you have ever worked in a profession that required you to be surrounded by loud noise, such as transportation services, lawn maintenance, equipment repair, or loud music, your hearing loss may be the direct result of this exposure. Other causes of hearing loss include physical trauma such as damage to the ear itself, brain injury, head trauma, illness, exposure to certain chemicals, workplace accidents, and medications. Loss of hearing can be severe and can cause permanent damage or long term disability.
Free Legal Consultation from a Brooklyn Hearing Loss Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you know suffers from loss of hearing due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries. This may include loss of wages, medical expenses, and reimbursement for ongoing medical care including hearing aides. The Brooklyn loss of hearing injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC have the experience, medical knowledge and courtroom track record necessary to make certain that you or your loved one obtain full and fair compensation. We will thoroughly prepare each case, review accident and medical records, speak to witnesses and health care providers, access liability and consider all possible legal and medical issues. Contact us today at 212-564-2800 for an initial consultation. There is no fee to you unless we win your case. With offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, we serve clients throughout the New York City area including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk.