No matter where you are or what you are doing, odds are that you rely on your senses to give you a sense of your environment as well as stay vigilant and safe.
This is especially true for workers in certain industries that perform job duties in dangerous conditions. They rely on their eyesight, physical touch, and hearing in order to keep them safe and alert them of danger. Unfortunately, noise-induced hearing loss remains a significant problem in U.S. workplaces, especially for:
Farm and factory workers
Concert or club workers
Increased Chance of Further Injury
While hearing loss is a work injury itself, it can also lead to an increased risk of additional injuries. Workers who are surrounded by loud noises are more likely to miss danger warnings and instructions that are needed to prevent work injuries.
In addition to impairing communication, exposure to high noise levels increases fatigue and decreases concentration abilities—further increasing the risk of the worker missing a crucial step in their work and sustaining an injury.
If you experienced hearing loss due to loud noises in the workplace, or you sustained another injury because of hearing loss, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Under Georgia workers’ compensation law, hearing loss is considered a catastrophic work injury and workers who suffer this are entitled to additional benefits for rehabilitation services.
Advocating for Injured Workers in Atlanta
With more than 20 years of experience, the seasoned legal team at The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford is here to protect the rights of injured workers across Georgia. Let us be your voice when you need it most so that you have the best possible chances of receiving maximum benefits for your work injuries.
Contact our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at (770) 629-9321 to get started with a free consultation. Se habla español.