Longshore Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss is a Work Injury
Are you working as a Longshoreman, dockworker, or shipbuilder or have you worked on the waterfront in the past?
Have you been exposed to loud noise in the yard, from machinery, vehicles, cranes, or while loading and unloading cargo?
Even if you didn’t work as a Longshoreman, dockworker, or shipbuilder, if your hearing is damaged because you were exposed to noise on your job on the waterfront the loss of your hearing qualifies as a work injury under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and you can file a claim for it like any other work injury.
If you work in a shipyard now you may be eligible to receive disability benefits and medical treatment for your hearing loss while you continue to work.
Even if you’re retired from the waterfront you may be eligible to file a claim for hearing loss benefits.
Medical treatment available under the Longshore Act for hearing loss can include hearing aids to help with your hearing or ringing in your ears.
What kind of hearing problems you have and what treatment you need must be determined through testing by a certified Audiologist.
Determining the Extent of your Hearing Loss
Although you may not be aware when it happens the loss of hearing is a traumatic injury. The harm to your ears occurs immediately when you have been exposed to noise in a yard or on a ship that is too loud.Repeated exposure over time can also cause serious damage to your ears.
Many people feel that their inability to hear is affecting their lives but they don’t know the real extent of their injury.
The testing used by Audiologists will show if you have a loss of hearing due to noise exposure.
For over 80 years Freedman & Lorry, P.C. has represented Longshore workers injured in ports throughout the United States. Our experienced legal team helps people who have suffered hearing loss due to noise exposure file claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
If you think your hearing may be damaged due to your work, call us to set up a free hearing test. Our qualified legal team can help to determine if you are eligible to file a claim for hearing loss disability benefits and medical treatment.