When someone mentions workplace injuries, you would be forgiven for thinking about broken bones resulting from falls, or strained backs occurring due to heavy lifting. However, not all workplace injuries happen immediately. Some workplace injuries are more subtle and occur over a sustained period.
A prime example of a workplace injury that can happen over an extended period of time is hearing loss. Regular exposure to loud noises in factories, workshops, warehouses and construction sites, to name a few, can cause lasting damage.
How common is hearing loss among workers?
It may come as a surprise, but hearing loss is one of the most common injuries that workers face. Extreme noise levels put millions of Americans at risk of occupational hearing loss every year.
Naturally, workers that are set in more noisy environments face the highest risk. This includes construction workers, airline workers, emergency services and others.
Where workers are exposed to heightened levels of noise, employers have a legal duty to provide personal protective equipment (PPE). Common forms of PPE include earplugs and noise-canceling headphones. It is vital that employers adhere to the law regarding PPE, as utilizing protective equipment is arguably the most effective way to prevent occupational hearing loss.
Can workers make a compensation claim for damage to their hearing?
The law in Georgia states that it is possible for workers to claim compensation for hearing loss. However, cases can be extremely complex, as the worker will have to show that the damage to hearing was a direct result of working conditions.
It is vital for both employees and employers to understand their rights and obligations in Georgia under workers’ compensation. When you have a problem with a claim, it helps to take your concerns to a local attorney. Steven Morgan always gives each client the personalized attention their case deserves. Call the office at 912-289-0640 or send an email to get started.