Delaware County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for Vision and Hearing Losses
The Delaware County workers’ compensation attorneys at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias know that hearing loss and vision loss are both potential consequences of occupational conditions. Yet, these types of workers’ compensation claims can be difficult to prove. Hearing loss can take years to occur and may not be caused by a single accident. Eye injuries are often caused by the introduction of dirt and other foreign material in the eye, the source of which may be difficult to pin down. Even in cases of chemical burn or impact damage to the eye, employers have been known to deny Workers’ Compensation claims and attempt to shift the responsibility to others. If you feel you’ve lost your hearing because of your job, or if your employer is resisting your claim for an eye injury you believe was caused by a work-related issue, it is critical for you to contact an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney to help you to determine the cause of the loss and to help you to collect the benefits to which you are entitled.
Workplace Hearing Damage or Loss Compensation
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA,) between 20,000 and 25,000 workers suffer preventable hearing loss every year due to high workplace noise levels. Many of these losses are preventable by using protective equipment such as sound-deafening headsets, but no safety system is foolproof. Other causes of work-related hearing loss might be proximity to an explosion, loud blast or other traumatic event. If you think that your permanent hearing loss is due to your job, you can file a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim for specific loss benefits. These benefits, if your attorney is successful at proving the causal relationship between your working conditions and the hearing loss, can be paid in a lump sum or taken over a period of weeks, depending on the severity of the loss. Whether your permanent hearing damage was caused by a specific workplace accident or by cumulative effects of workplace noise, the experienced Media, PA Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias can call upon medical experts for their opinions about your hearing loss, and help you decide the exact path to take in order to get the best compensation for you.
Accident at Work Causing Blindness or Partial Loss of Vision
An estimated two million eye injuries occur each year in this country, and each day about a thousand of them happen at the workplace. Companies can improve eye safety by training employees in first aid, having first aid kits on hand, and making eyewash available. Even with all precautions in place, accidents still happen. If you have been involved in an accident and suffered eye damage, it is important to treat the injury as quickly as possible. It is also a good idea to contact an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney for an assessment of your potential claim. The causes of eye injuries can range from minor scratches and eye irritations such as dust and dirt, to foreign object damage, accidental poking, chemical burns, which often result in a complete loss of sight. If you suffered permanent vision loss due to an injury at work, a knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation attorney can help determine if your loss meets the criteria for specific loss benefits, which can be paid in addition to your wages or disability pay.
Contact Our Media, PA Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
The hearing loss attorneys and vision loss attorneys at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias are ready to listen to the circumstances of your work-related eye or ear injury or long-term exposure loss. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers offer a free consultation to help you assess and protect any benefits to which you are entitled. Contact us online or call us today at (484) 679-5239.