Eyesight / Hearing Damage Claims
Workers’ Compensation for Atlanta Workers Deafened or Blinded
Did you lose your vision or hearing due to a workplace accident? Even if you were only partially deafened or blinded, your day-to-day life can be forever changed. It is only fair that your workers’ compensation coverage helps you get your life in order again by providing for all necessary medical care and a portion of your wages. It might even be possible to get permanent disability payments.
To explore all of your options, come to The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC. Our Atlanta eyesight and hearing damage workers’ comp attorneys are standing by to use our 20+ years of legal experience to your advantage. We have former insurance and employer defense lawyers on our team, which lets us anticipate the opposition’s moves and stay several steps ahead of them.
We also stand out in the following ways:
- Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ memberships
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- Contingency fee representation—you don’t pay unless we recover on your behalf
- Backed by a track record of million-dollar case results
We should start your claim as soon as possible. Call (770) 629-9321 now.
What Can Cause On-the-Job Hearing or Vision Loss?
Workers can suffer blindness due to:
- Flying shrapnel
- Dropped objects
- Chemical exposure
- Hot liquids
- Sharp utensils
- And more
On-the-job deafness can be caused by:
- Loud machinery
- Constant exposure to busy environments
- Physical injury to the eardrum
No matter why you lost your hearing or vision at work, you should be able to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system, which allows you to receive benefits even if the workplace accident that caused your sensory loss was partially or completely your fault. As long as you were not intentionally trying to hurt yourself or roughhousing, your liability should not be considered as something that would delegitimize your claim.
Steps to File a Hearing/Vision Loss Claim
As soon as possible after your accident, you should:
- Alert your employer of your condition and the details involved
- Fill out necessary paperwork provided by your employer
- Identify any witnesses that may have seen the accident
- Seek medical attention using an employer-approved provider
It is important to remember that your employer’s insurance carrier has up to 21 days to investigate and evaluate your claim. After that time, they will have to decide whether to provide compensation through your claim or deny your claim. If they deny your claim, you still have the option of appealing it. This is why it is important to already be working with a lawyer immediately following your accident. One of our Atlanta hearing and vision injury attorneys can explain your rights and begin compiling the necessary evidence for your claim, all while you rest and try to focus on recovery.
We also work with specialists who understand what type of procedures, surgeries, and treatments will be necessary for your condition in order for you to live as comfortably as possible following your hearing or vision loss. Any medical treatment needed to address your sensory loss should be paid for by your employer’s insurance provider. However, legal conflicts often happen when insurance companies try to say that a certain medical treatment is elective, not necessary. Our backgrounds as former insurance defense attorneys become all the more important when insurers challenge your claim.
Can You Get Insurance Benefits for Partial Sensory Loss?
Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to be given to injured workers who were hurt on-the-job. It does not go far into the details regarding the severity, extent, or kind of injury. If you are hurt and need medical attention, then it should be paid by another party, not you, even if you only need to see the doctor once or twice.
With this in mind, partial or temporary hearing or vision loss should still be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if you need glasses or a hearing aid after a workplace accident worsens your hearing or vision, then the cost of those treatments should count under a workers’ comp plan. You do not need intensive care like restorative surgeries just to validate or file a workers’ comp claim.
Ready to discuss your Georgia workers' compensation claim? Contact the Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC at (770) 629-9321.