An injury on the construction job site may not always have physical signs we can see. Hearing loss due to the environment on a construction site can occur suddenly, or over time, and when it does, you may be entitled to workman’s compensation. A construction accident attorney specializes in getting you the compensation you deserve, when you have suffered hearing loss, due to your construction site employment.
Hearing Loss on the Construction Job Site
Hearing loss may not often be the first injury that comes to our minds when we imagine on the job, construction related injuries. However, the reality is that construction job sites rate number two for industries most likely to cause hearing damage.
If you think about what goes on at an active construction site, hearing loss isn’t surprising. We have all heard a jackhammer running at some time. Hearing protection should always be provided, but what if it isn’t sufficient?
Banging a hammer, drilling, sawing, driving or operating any loud piece of machinery, especially on a regular basis, is going to affect your hearing. Suffering from hearing loss due to your construction site job is real and should be taken seriously.
Can You File a Claim for Workman’s Compensation?
Understanding that job site hearing loss for construction employees is indeed an injury, one should consider filing for worker’s compensation if hearing loss has occurred.
Hearing loss due to a work-related injury is not your fault and can negatively affect your life. You may still be going to work, but maybe you can’t do the same jobs you did before. You may receive a reduction in pay, or less hours because of it. Or maybe you can’t go to work at all, or at least not in the construction industry again, possibly causing a loss in wages. Doctor visits to find out what is wrong, hearing aids, time off of work, should all be recovered for you. You didn’t set out as a construction employee so you could lose your hearing. Thankfully, with worker’s compensation there is hope of recovering your losses.
Your first step in receiving compensation is to report your hearing loss injury. In Westchester, and all of New York, the law requires you to report a work-related injury within 30 days of the injury occurring. There can be exceptions, and each case is reviewed carefully. Hearing loss can be gradual, so please report your hearing loss as an injury to your employer as soon as you notice it.
Once you have reported your construction site injury, you can file your claim for compensation. A claim must be filed within two years of when the injury was reported to your employer. A construction accident attorney is your advocate in helping you file a claim and receiving your compensation for medical bills and lost wages, due to your hearing loss from the construction site. We don’t recommend filing on your own. A construction accident attorney knows the ins and outs of workman’s compensation and is prepared to go to battle for you if necessary.
At SR Law, we are passionate about recovering your lost wages, payment of medical bills, and possibly loss of the ability to work. As a construction worker, you are part of our community. You have invested your time and your life into the construction industry. We understand this isn’t just about you. Your hearing loss is affecting more than your construction job. It is affecting your family, your social life, your ability to work, and your choices in where to work. You have bills to pay and a life to live. At SR Law our job is to get you to where you need to be, as soon as possible, by getting you compensated for your construction job site injury.
We’re here to listen.
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