As we age, our hearing and vision may naturally decline gradually. However, you may be involved in an accident that results in a sudden partial or full loss of your hearing or sight. This sudden loss of hearing and vision may leave you and your family ill-equipped to handle the impact on your life and your financial future that this loss may create.
In some cases, you may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate this stress. Contact the Brooklyn hearing and vision lawyers for a free consultation to learn more.
Common Causes Of Hearing And Vision Loss in Brooklyn
A vehicle crash can be responsible for hearing and vision loss. Blunt force trauma to the head can cause a brain injury, which can then lead to hearing and vision loss. Whiplash and contact with expanded airbags can cause similar side effects. During a crash, it is also possible for glass or other debris to injure the eyes and cause vision loss.
Injury At Work
A large number of hearing and vision loss claims in Brooklyn come from accident-related injuries that occur in the workplace. Whether you are exposed to hazardous chemicals or excessively loud environments, hearing or vision loss that is caused by work-related conditions can make you eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. This might help you cover your damages related to your loss.
In some cases, injured workers may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owners of construction sites and the general contractors and subcontractors who work there if they contributed to the cause of the injury. In these cases, the negligent party may be held financially accountable for your losses.
Types Of Injuries That Can Cause Hearing And Vision Loss
Vision and hearing loss can be caused by a wide range of issues:
Common Ear Injuries
- Bleeding in the ear canal
- Blunt force trauma to the head
- Cochlear damage
- Disfigurement of the ear(s)
- Eardrum punctured by a foreign object
- Lesions in the temporal lobe
- Middle ear injury
Common Eye Injuries
- Injuries from a foreign object, such as metal or glass, in the eye
- Blunt force trauma to the head
- Complete vision loss
- Convergence insufficiency
- Detached retina
- Disfigurement of the eyelid(s)
- Double vision
- Vision damage due to exposure to chemicals
- Losing an eye or both eyes
- Loss of visual acuity
- Sensitivity to light
- Slowness of the eyes
Workers’ Compensation For Hearing And Vision Injuries
If you were unfortunate enough to suffer an accident in the workplace that led to the full or partial loss of your hearing or vision, you are likely eligible to file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This financial compensation can be used to cover medical bills, medical care and devices, lost wages, and other financial damages that occurred as a result of your accident. Regardless of who was at fault for the accident, your expenses should be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
If the accident was caused by a third party, such as a defective piece of machinery or by a construction site owner failing to provide necessary safety equipment, you may be able to seek additional compensation from that party. To guarantee a successful claim, it will be best to consult with a lawyer. With a legal professional by your side, you will be able to determine the liable parties and have clarity on how to best file the claim.
Personal Injury Claims And Establishing Liability
When your accident is caused by a party other than your employer, such as a product manufacturer or a property owner, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them. The complex part is proving responsibility. As the plaintiff, it is your responsibility to prove that the other party was at fault.
In order to have a strong case, you will need to prove the following:
- A duty was owed to you to keep you safe from injury
- That duty of care was breached by the defendant (the other party)
- Your accident was caused because this duty was breached
- You suffered physical and/or economic damages as a result of the accident
The professionals at Shulman & Hill will be able to look into your situation and find out exactly what happened, providing evidence to support the case. After consulting with experts and looking into long-term care costs based on your specific injuries, your lawyer will be able to determine the economic impact that your injury will have on your life overall.
Negotiating With the Insurer
Beyond helping you file the paperwork for your claim and determining the potentially liable party, your attorney can handle negotiations with the defendant’s insurance company. Whether negotiations go smoothly and an agreement can be made or the counteroffers just are not cutting it, your lawyer will fight for fair compensation.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement, your hearing and vision loss attorney will be able to handle the process and file a lawsuit on your behalf. If a trial becomes necessary, they will be able to present your case to the judge and jury.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
When choosing a law firm to represent you, you want to make sure you are working with attorneys that have a track record of winning significant compensation for their clients, like Shulman Hill.
We have the legal muscle you need to leverage in order to get a fair settlement from the insurer. We do our best to retrieve the compensation our clients deserve. In the event that the insurance company will not settle fairly, your legal team at Shulman & Hill will be by your side in court when the time comes to litigate.
Contact us today to schedule a free legal consultation to learn more.