Legal Represenation for Victims of Occupational Hearing Loss in Florida
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), occupational hearing loss is the most common injury related to the workplace with about 30 million Americans exposed to high, potentially hazardous noise levels in the workplace. Since 2004, almost 125,000 workers have suffered significant hearing loss, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS reports in 2009 alone there were 21,000 cases of hearing loss.
Workers’ compensation spends about $242 million every year on hearing loss disability.
Whether hard of hearing, industrial or nerve deafness, temporary or permanent hearing loss, tinnitus, about 82% of occupational hearing loss was reported among those in manufacturing in 2007, according to federal statistics. The degree of hearing loss may be related to the duration of exposure rather than the decibel level.
High levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Some other professions that may present a hazardous noise level include carpentry, agriculture, mining, construction, drilling, quarrying, metal work, transportation and the military.
A hearing loss can make us feel socially isolated and lonely. It can result in physical and psychological stress, reduced work productivity and a loss of concentration.
The most reasonable way to protect the ears is to generate less noise in the workplace – whether by adding an acoustic barrier between the worker and the machine, or adding ear plugs or ear muffs to reduce noise to a safe level.
Nonetheless, if you have suffered a physical injury in the workplace, you could be entitled to workplace personal injury compensation. Farah & Farah’s Jacksonville construction noise induced hearing loss attorneys have experience in gathering evidence concerning the workplace environment to determine if an accident or ongoing noise contributed to your hearing loss, whether short-term, minor, or a complete loss of hearing.
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Employers are mandated by law to provide a safe and healthy working environment for workers, and preventing high levels of noise exposure is one measure that needs to be undertaken. Depending on your injury, the employee may need to take time off of work to recover, change employment, move to another job within the company, or in the extreme case, quit work completely. Call a Jacksonville construction accident lawyer at Farah & Farah for a thorough consultation on your construction noise-induced hearing loss.