Have you been injured from exposure to loud noise at work? If you have, and your injury has caused you to miss several days, weeks or even months of work; have you been receiving workers’ compensation for your injury?
Workers’ compensation covers almost all kinds of work-related injuries and illnesses. If your injury from being exposed to loud noise occurred as a result of doing your job for your employer, you should be getting workers’ compensation.
If you are having any kind of trouble getting the workers’ compensation that is rightfully yours, you should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A workers’ compensation lawyer will work hard to protect your rights and make sure you get all of the benefits you deserve.
Noise is an unwanted, unpleasant sound that disrupts your hearing. From the standpoint of physics, sound and noise are indistinguishable. The difference is in how your brain receives and perceives a sound.
Loud noise is noise that is much more than just being unwanted or unpleasant. Loud noise is noise that is at such a high level that it may cause serious damage to your hearing. The longer you are exposed to loud noise and the higher the level of the noise, the greater is your risk of damage to your hearing.
Noise is measured in decibels (db). The higher the decibel of noise is, the louder the noise is. Noise over 85 decibels may bring about permanent hearing loss.
According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year at work. In addition, last year, according to OSHA, business paid over $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.
Being exposed to loud noise at work may result from several things. These may include:
Some kind of blast
Clanging and banging sounds
Noise produced by equipment, machines, tools or instruments.
Several different kinds of jobs involve a higher risk of exposure to loud noise. Some of these are:
Working in cafeterias
Working in heavy manufacturing and industrial environments
Any kind of work involving blasting
Agricultural and farming work
Work involving loud music
Airline ground maintenance work.
The most obvious injury that exposure to loud noise causes is damage to your hearing. Depending on how long and how often you are exposed to loud noise at work, you may suffer permanent hearing loss that cannot be corrected by medication or surgery.
While hearing loss is the primary injury that is brought about by exposure to loud noise at work, there are other problems that may also result. These include:
Interference with communication
Interference with concentration
A reduction in productivity
Limiting your ability to hear high frequency sounds.
Again, you may have been injured as a result of being exposed to loud noise at work. If you are having any kind of trouble getting the workers’ compensation you deserve for your work-related injury, you should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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