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Understanding Your Options After an Accident Resulting in Hearing Loss

Posted on in Personal Injury

Houston hearing loss injury lawyerOur ability to hear is something that most of us take for granted until something happens to reduce that ability. Whether it is listening to our favorite music, enjoying a conversation with loved ones, or completing job responsibilities, we use our sense of hearing every day. When a work accident, car crash, or another incident causes hearing loss, the results can be devastating. If you or a loved one suffered hearing loss in an unexpected accident, you may be interested in exploring your legal options.

Hearing Loss Caused by Work Accidents

Our ears are sensitive to loud, sudden noises as well as prolonged exposure to noise. Individuals who work around heavy equipment, such as construction workers or oil rig workers, may suffer hearing loss because of extremely loud equipment. These workers may also suffer hearing problems because of an explosion or blowout. Whatever the cause, losing your ability to hear can dramatically impact your life.

Some workers who suffer hearing loss may be entitled to compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ compensation is not required in Texas. Furthermore, offshore oil rig workers subject to the Jones Act are unable to recover compensation through workers’ compensation. However, workers who are hurt on the job may have the right to sue their employers for damages if the employer’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident.

Non-Work Accidents Resulting in Hearing Loss  

Texas law allows injured people to file a personal injury claim and seek restitution for damages if another party’s negligence or wrongdoing causes their injuries. Negligence can take countless different forms. Many personal injury claims for hearing loss are filed after the victim suffers hearing loss in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver. A serious car crash can result in head trauma, spine injuries, or neck injuries that cause ear pain, tinnitus, and difficulty hearing.

Tire blowouts and other vehicle malfunctions may also lead to hearing loss. In cases like these, the at-fault party may be a trucking company or carrier, vehicle part designer or manufacturer, or a party who failed to inspect or maintain the vehicle.

Contact a Houston Hearing Loss Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered damage to your hearing in a work accident, car crash, or another incident, contact Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec to discuss your legal options. You may be able to file a personal injury claim and seek financial compensation for your financial and non-financial damages. Call our Harris County personal injury lawyers at 281-643-2000 for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more.

 

Source:

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/index.html

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