Nose and ear injuries don’t get that much notice. They fly under the radar. Amputations, broken bones, and deaths make noise. Yet, workers injure their noses and ears a lot. This makes them miss work, incur med bills, and change their lives. These harms should be rewarded. If you hurt your nose or ear on the job, you should get recovery. The sections below discuss that topic. They mention how others got help. You can get help too. Call our offices. An experienced lawyer will put you on the path recovery. Get help today! Contact our team!
- Workers’ Nose and Ear Injuries
- How Workers Injure Their Noses and Ears
- Workers’ Nose and Ear Injury Facts
- Treatment for Workers’ Nose and Ear Injuries
- Claims for Work Nose and Ear Injuries
- Workers’ Nose and Ear Injury Claim Value
- Illinois Work Comp Nose &Amp; Ear Injury Settlements
- Call Our Offices to Learn How to Protect Your Rights
Workers’ Nose and Ear Injuries
Workers injure their noses and ears at shocking rates. Review these injuries to see the dangers that lurk at work:
- Deviated Septum: Move in the wall between nasal cavities.
- Nosebleeds: Bleeding from the nose caused by trauma or pressure.
- Fracture: Broken bone within the nose by force or blow.
- Rhinitis: Nose swelling due to allergies or other factors. Called a runny nose too.
- Polyps: Growth within nose or sinus lining.
- Tinnitus: The feeling of ringing or other noises in your ears. 20% of people have it!
- Eardrum Rupture: Hole or break in the eardrum. Can come from disease or pressure.
- Cauliflower Ear: Swelling and change in ear’s shape.
- Ear Infection: Swelling within inner or outer ear.
- Hearing Loss: Minor or total loss of hearing in ear.
If you injure your ear or nose another way at work, give us a call. We can help you get relief. Illinois gives workers the right to recover. You contact us. We will take care of the rest!
How Workers Injure Their Noses and Ears
Many people ask us how these injuries take place. We try and show them the risky situations work places you in. Noses normally get injured through some accident. The force of the fall, blow, or shock disrupts it. This can cause bleeding, fracture, or deformity. Ear injuries happen these ways too. They come from infections, extended pressure, and vibration. You might get a nose or ear injury from these activities:
- Drilling or jackhammering.
- Lifting boxes over your head.
- Driving trucks.
- Working with dust, chemicals, or harmful substances.
- Using dangerous tools.
Call us if your hurt your ear or nose. Illinois has a system in place for you to get help. We can assist you at no upfront cost. Contact us today!
Workers’ Nose and Ear Injury Facts
- Tens of millions of workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise.
- Companies pay billions in fines each year for damaging workers’ ears.
- Hundreds of millions is spent on workers’ ear damage each year.
- Most facial injuries at work are broken noses.
- Most broken noses are causes by a strong force/trauma.
- Most nose injuries at work involve trucks, forklifts, or other powerful tools.
- Nose and ear injuries present serious long-term health risks.
Treatment for Workers’ Nose and Ear Injuries
Your care will differ if it’s a nose or ear injury. For nose injuries, doctors will try to stop the bleeding. If they need to, they will reset the bone. In rare cases, they may need to operate. Operations might aim to repair the nasal septum. They try to clean the area too. They could fix other things too. Doctors have a vast array of options to assist you and repair your nose.
Ear injuries are complicated. They present difficult hurdles. First, doctors try to clean the ear. Second, if the ear got cut, they will stitch it back up. Third, if the eardrum tore or broke, they will surgically repair it. The exact nature of care depends on the injury.
What is certain, though, is that these treatments are expensive. You should consider filing a claim. You can seek recovery for work-related injuries in Illinois. We assist workers in this process. To hear how we do, give us a call.
Claims for Work Nose and Ear Injuries
The worker’s comp system in Illinois scares many workers. They get frustrated by the process. They confuse it with lawsuits. The two differ and mirror each other in some respects. Keep these points in mind regarding workers’ comp claims:
- You can’t sue your employer for work injuries.
- Your claim will be limited to pain, expenses, disability, and lost income.
- You have a deadline to bring your claim.
- You must put certain items in your claim.
- You can bring a claim to your employer or the Illinois Workers’ Comp Commission.
- You can sue third parties for work injuries.
- Third party lawsuits might bring more money than workers’ comp claims.
These points outline some important issues in workers’ comp. Our firm assists injured workers. We can speak with you about your recovery. It might help you a lot. It can reimburse you for hospital bills and lost wages. To hear what you might get, call us today! We can get to work immediately.
Workers’ Nose and Ear Injury Claim Value
The value of your nose or ear injury claim depends on how bad you hurt it. Illinois uses a simple formula. The max you can get for handicapped ears is 54 weeks of wages for one ear. For two ears, it’s 215 weeks of wages. If you partially injured it, multiply the amount of injury by those numbers. For the nose, Illinois uses a similar system, but the number of weeks differs. Remember, you can recover more for medical bills and actual lost income. Contact our offices to get an individual estimate for your claim. We can make sure you get every dollar Illinois allows.
Illinois Work Comp Nose & Ear Injury Settlements
Noses and ears are often injured on the job as well. Check out these decisions that deal with ear injuries:
2006; Sangamon County; 06 I.W.C.C. 047420:
The employee in this matter was a brave member of the SWAT division within the local sheriff’s office. The incident occurred when he was training with his fellow employees. Without realizing it, his sound protection fell out of his ears. Then, just a few inches behind him, a coworker shot his gun. The blast of the weapon sent pain through his ear all the way down his jaw. He sought medical attention immediately after this incident. While doctors were able to reduce much of the swelling and pain, he still suffered from prolonged ringing in his ears. However, he was able to promptly return to his former position. Despite this fact, he brought a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits and reimbursement for medical expenses.
- $619.97 per week for 30 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 6% loss of function to the affected ear.
- All past and future necessary medical expenses.
2007; Sangamon County; 06 I.W.C.C. 047420:
The claimant in this case was a 40-year-old male carpenter. He had been working as a carpenter for two decades but was new to the company where he was injured. A steel bar slammed into his face and injured his nose while also sending shooting pain throughout his head and ears. Doctors identified a nasal fracture, sinal cyst, and other related injuries. Surgeons recommended and performed endoscopic sinus surgery. After an extended period of time, he was able to return to work but could not perform the same type of labor-intensive activities; rather; he was forced to limit himself to light work. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission decided the following benefits were appropriate:
- $812.53 per week for 134-5/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $5,161.42 for medical, transportation, and other expenses.
2010; ST. Clair County; 08 I.W.C.C. 44687:
This claim started off on the right foot but turned sharply. A police office was called to a gas station after reports emerged that a man was acting in a hostile manner. When he arrived at the scene, the cop saw a man riding a lawnmower and yelling at the others in the nearby area. The police officer approached the man to try and calm him down. However, the man did not take kindly to this and attacked the cop, punching him multiple times in the face and nose. Doctors found that the officer had a broken nose and several contusions across his head. In the subsequent workers’ compensation hearing, he argued for benefits and expenses because this incident and resulting injury occurred in the course of his employment. He was successful in obtaining only the following benefits:
- $602.51 per week for 25 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 5% loss of function to his nose.
- All past and future necessary medical expenses.
2008; Cook County; 08 I.W.C.C. 0457:
The victim in this situation was a 35-year-old maintenance worker. He became dizzy while stripping and varnishing a floor in the factory so he stepped out of the room for a moment. As he did this, he lost his balance and fell down a flight of stairs. The fall seriously injured his face (including nose and ears), as well as both of his arms. This was patently a workplace injury so he soon brought a compensation claim and was awarded the following benefits:
- $413.01 per week for 20-3/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $371.71 per week for 201-1/4 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 2.5% loss of function of each leg, 25% loss of his left arm, 50% loss of function of his right hand, and 7.5% loss of function of his ears/nose/body as a whole.
- All past and future necessary medical expenses.
Call Our Offices to Learn How to Protect Your Rights
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents workers. We bring claims for their harms. Jobs cause a lot of stress, pain, and expenses. You don’t have to shoulder them alone. If you hurt your nose or ear on the job, we can help you.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We will explain Illinois’ system for recovery. It lets workers recover for work injuries. You need to know how to bring a claim. We have brought many claims. We know what it takes to win. Plus, if we don’t, we won’t charge you. To find out what you can recover, call us today.
If you would like to learn about other kinds of injuries sustained by Illinois workers, then please read the following pages:
Workers’ Lung Injury Claims
Workers’ Carpal Tunnel Claims
Workers’ Wrongful Death Claims
Workers’ Spinal Injury Claims
Workers’ Arm and Leg Injury Claims
Workers’ Back, Neck, and Shoulder Injury Claims
Workers’ Eye Injury Claims