When an accident victim suffers catastrophic injuries, it usually means that the injuries are so severe that the victim is left with long-term or permanent damage. While it may not be an injury that many people think about, hearing loss is a very real and serious injury that can have a profound effect on the victim’s life. Some victims may eventually recover full or partial hearing, but others can be left with permanent deafness that can interfere with their ability to earn a living in their current profession and perform certain tasks that we all take for granted, such as driving a vehicle.
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If you have suffered hearing loss because of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses the injury has caused you.
Causes of Hearing Loss
Many hearing loss injuries are due to workplace injuries, such as being exposed to loud noises over an extended period. Many of these injuries fall under workers’ compensation laws, which are separate and addressed differently than personal injury laws. In some cases, the hearing loss injury – although occurring on the job – could have been caused by the negligence of a third party. Some of the more common of these legal scenarios include:
- A negligent party caused extreme noise that results in damage to the victim’s hearing.
- A manufacturer produced a faulty product that failed to protect the victim or damaged the victim’s hearing.
- The victim suffered a brain or ear injury that caused hearing loss in a vehicle accident while they were performing job-related duties.
In many hearing loss injury cases, it can be difficult for the victim to specify clearly the incident that damaged their hearing because the loss of hearing can be delayed or occur gradually over time. Victims are often faced with having to prove that their hearing loss is not a “natural” occurrence, happening because of age or some reason. This is why it is critical to consult with a Virginia personal injury attorney if you have suffered a hearing loss injury.
What Types of Damages Can a Hearing Loss Victim Receive?
When a Virginia accident attorney files a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a hearing loss victim, there are a variety of damages they can seek, including:
- Emergency medical treatment following the injury
- Continued medical treatment for loss of hearing
- Medical equipment, such as hearing aids
- Loss of income while recovering
- Loss of future income if the victim cannot go back to their prior profession because of the permanent damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Diminished enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
Contact Our Office Today
If you or a loved one has suffered hearing loss or other type of catastrophic injury as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless actions, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney from Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn. Our firm has aggressively advocated for victims and their families for more than 30 years and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
An experienced personal injury attorney with dual licensure in Virginia and North Carolina, Eric Washburn received a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University—initially worked in the information technology field before obtaining his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Once an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville, Va., Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in Virginia since 2014.