Occupational Hearing Loss
Noisy working conditions can cause hearing loss after years of exposure to such noise. Most people are aware of some type of work-related hearing loss years before they plan on retiring. Is that considered a work-related injury? Yes. However, the date of the injury in most cases does not coincide with the realization of hearing loss.
In occupational hearing loss cases, the date of injury is either retirement, transfer to non-noisy employment, layoff (if complete and continuous for six months), and termination of the employer/employee relationship. Choosing which event as a date of injury is up to the employee.
If a worker has to get a hearing aid before technically suffering an “injury,” he or she can be repaid for the purchase of the hearing aid if a doctor later links the hearing loss to work noise.
Future hearing aids, batteries and other supplies are also compensable under the worker’s compensation law.
It is necessary to try to obtain all hearing tests with all employers when making a hearing loss claim.
There is technically no statute of limitations on making a hearing loss claim so that someone who has been retired for many years may still have a claim available.
If you have questions on worker’s compensation, personal injury, or social security disability, please feel free to call The Previant Law Firm at 414-203-0514 (Milwaukee) or at 920-903-3000 (Appleton).