South Florida employees who are exposed to high levels of noise are prime targets for hearing loss. Research continues to prove that excessive noise not only destroys the ability to hear, but also puts stress on other vital organs of the body, including the heart. Research reveals that high levels of noise can also lead to increased heart rate, raised blood pressure, and narrowing of the blood vessels.
Employees who are exposed to loud noises and high pitches frequently complain of fatigue, nervousness, and difficulty sleeping. Ultimately, noise exposure may reduce the employee’s job performance and lead to frequent missed days of work.
Hearing loss can be devastating for a worker. It not only impacts one’s actual ability to hear, but often affects one’s personal and emotional well being. Individuals who suffer from hearing loss caused by their work environment may be entitled to significant worker’s compensation benefits in Florida.
Workers’ Comp for Hearing Loss
Florida employers are responsible to provide workers’ compensation benefits to victims of occupational hearing loss including:
- Lost wages
- Doctor visits
- Medical tests
- Physical therapy
- Prescription drugs
- Mileage costs for treatment
- Comprehensive hearing test by Ear, Nose, Throat M.D.
- Free hearing aids for life, including upgrades and batteries
- Whole person impairment compensation, according to American Medical Assoc.
If you or a loved one has suffered occupational hearing loss it is vital to speak with a skilled South Florida workers’ compensation attorney today about your case. Employees diagnosed with a hearing impairment may continue to try to work, even when it’s beyond their ability only because don’t realize that workers’ compensation benefits are available to them. If you have hearing loss and are unable to work you may be eligible for workers’ compensation in South Florida.
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