Hearing loss is one of the most common occupational hazards that New York workers may face. Long-term exposure to loud noises can lead to the eventual loss of some or all of your hearing. Despite the fact that it is one of the most common occupational hazards, many people do not understand that if they experience this, they could qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
The loss of your hearing can affect your life on a permanent basis. It can leave you unable to perform the functions of your job and perhaps require you to find employment in another area. Whether your hearing loss is permanent or temporary, partial or complete, you may find it beneficial to seek a full understanding of your legal options and rights.
Reducing the risk of hearing loss in the workplace
Employers have the responsibility of ensuing that their workers do not face an unnecessary risk for hearing loss. Some jobs come with the inherent risk of certain injuries, and your job may require that you face exposure to loud noises on a regular basis. If that is a prerequisite for your employment, your employer can take certain steps to reduce the likelihood that you could experience injury. Some of the ways to reduce the risk of hearing loss include the following:
- Modifying or replacing equipment that may be too loud
- Properly maintaining and lubricating equipment
- Placing barriers between workers and the source of the loud noise
- Implementing changes that lower the time a worker faces noise exposure
- Providing quiet areas for workers
- Providing safety equipment and other ways to protect a worker’s hearing
It may take extensive time off to recover from the implications of noise exposure, or you may find it will have a long-term impact on your life. If your job is the source of this significant effect on your health, it is possible you have a valid claim to workers’ compensation benefits.
The support you need and deserve
It is impossible to put a monetary value on your hearing, but you may be able to claim benefits that will allow you to recover and cover your financial losses. The workers’ compensation claims process can be frustratingly complex, but you do not have to walk through it alone.
From completing the initial paperwork to dealing with appeals, you have the right to seek guidance as you seek rightful benefits after experiencing hearing loss as a result of your job.