Ear injuries can be both debilitating and painful and may result from one traumatic incident or numerous smaller injuries suffered over many years. Conditions such as tinnitus can drive victims to the point of madness by making them hear noises that are not there and there is little that can be done to treat the condition. The Chicago hearing loss attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC work tirelessly to recover compensation on behalf of clients who have suffered these injuries due to defective safety products or poor working conditions and may be able to recover the compensation needed to provide some comfort and ongoing treatment in your time of suffering.
Tinnitus Linked to Airbag Deployment
Airbags have been proven to save lives, but they are also linked to numerous vehicle recalls due to concerns over excessive deployment speeds and malfunctions. Data has revealed that the excessive deployment of an airbag can cause irreparable damage to the ears and many of the victims have suffered from hearing loss and/or tinnitus following their accidents. Initial damage to the eardrums can heal in a short period of time, but it is scar tissue and damage to the inner ear that may contribute to long term hearing loss and high frequency hearing.
Many people suffer from some form of tinnitus at some point in their lives. It is a ringing or buzzing in the ear that occurs despite the lack of any actual sound and is thought to be caused by damage to the nerves in the inner ear responsible for transmitting sound and pitch to the brain. Tinnitus sufferers who have been injured in auto accidents or when their airbags deployed unexpectedly may experience more severe symptoms. The constant buzzing or ringing has been known to lead some to take their own lives due to their inability to escape or drown out the sound as it took a toll on their sanity.
Roughly 17% of those involved in an accident where an airbag was deployed suffer some form of permanent hearing loss.
Hearing Loss on the Job
It can be more difficult to notice progressive hearing loss resulting from repetitive injuries to the inner ear on the job because the hearing loss is gradual— occurring over years rather than instantly. Loud environments, such as construction sites or factories, are often the cause of these injuries, but they can also occur when a worker strikes his or her head or suffers a blow directly to the ear. A doctor can confirm whether an ear drum has been ruptured or if a victim has suffered an injury to the inner ear, but the treatment of scar tissue is difficult. It is scar tissue inside the ear that is most commonly associated with ringing or buzzing in the ears and long term hearing loss.
Your Right to Compensation for Hearing Loss at Work or in an Accident
If you are suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss and feel that your condition is the result of an injury suffered in a car accident or due to your work, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help determine the cause of your injury and seek compensation from whoever is responsible. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our award winning Chicago hearing loss attorneys so that you can learn more about your legal options and how we can assist you in securing the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. We’ve helped thousands of clients in similar cases and are confident that we can help you too. If we are unable to, then you are assured our services will be completely free of charge.