Workers in virtually every industry face risks of potential injuries and illnesses involving hearing and vision – whether they’re the caused by serious and instantaneous trauma, or the result of cumulative exposure. In many cases, those impairments are irreversible.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we know injuries and occupational diseases involving the ears, eyes, and vital sensory functions like hearing and vision can alter the lives and livelihoods of victims and their families. Because these injuries can have invasive and life-long repercussions, obtaining needed benefits and compensation becomes crucial. Our award-winning attorneys have the experience to help workers and their families explore their legal options for recovering what they deserve.
Call (212) 577-9325 or contact us online to speak with a work injury attorney. The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. serves workers in all industries, and throughout NYC and the state of New York.
According to the U.S. CDC, workers in all industries can suffer injuries that impair their hearing and vision. These injuries or illnesses may be temporary or permanent, and can range in severity. Their impact on workers is also typically permanent and profound, hindering a person’s ability to:
These and other limitations have real physical and financial consequences – workers may require expensive medical treatment, assistive devices, surgical procedures, and daily living assistance, or be at greater risk of suffering injuries which could have been avoided had they been able to see or hear. Many victims also experience troublesome emotional and psychological effects, from lost quality and enjoyment of life to feelings of disconnect, depression, isolation, and fear of the world around them.
Hearing Loss / Occupational Noise Exposure – Hearing loss and other conditions which impact a person’s ability to hear, such as tinnitus, are among the most common work-related illnesses. Those illnesses cause millions of dollars in lost productivity, workers’ compensation and personal injury payouts to victims, and penalties against businesses that failed to protect workers, in addition to the profound and often permanent changes victims’ must endure. In many cases, they are also preventable.
The most common causes of work-related hearing loss include:
Vision Loss / Eye Injuries – OSHA statistics show work-related eye injuries blind thousands of workers each year, severely limit their vision, and / or cause other health effects, such as difficulties with coordination and balance, migraines, fatigue, and nausea. As with hearing loss, vision loss can also be caused by sudden trauma and prolonged exposure to certain hazards. Examples include:
Workers in New York may have options when it comes to seeking the resources and compensation they need to make ends meet, treat their conditions, and repair their lives. Those options depend heavily on the nature of the injury or illness, and its underlying cause. For example, workers with hearing or vision loss may have the ability to seek needed compensation through:
Workers’ compensation, which provides medical benefits, income supplementation, rehabilitation, and other benefits based on a worker’s disability rating and regardless of who was at fault for the injuries.
Personal injury lawsuits, which are civil claims that allow workers injured as a result of negligence, such as a negligent third party or contractor on a construction site that violated Labor Laws regarding eye and ear protection and other workplace safety regulations. Personal injury suits allow victims to recover their medical expenses and lost income / future earnings, as well as compensation for their pain and suffering, emotional injuries, and other non-economic damages not available under workers’ comp. As civil claims, personal injury lawsuits must require victims to prove fault and liability. They may also involve more specific areas of law, such as:
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. has been recognized nationally for our work protecting the rights of victims who suffered injuries and illnesses on the job. If you have a potential case involving work-related hearing or vision loss anywhere in New York City or the state, we’re here to help you learn more about your rights and potential options. Request a free case review when you contact us.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.
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