There are two main types of injuries: those that are noticeable and those that only the victim notices. Of course, no injury is that simple, but unfortunately, when injuries are presented in court, which category your injury falls into makes a world of difference. For instance, someone who was injured in a car accident and sustained a few broken bones is more likely to feel sympathy from a jury or insurance company than someone who suffers from tinnitus but who otherwise appears to be completely healthy. This type of injury bias makes it difficult for individuals who suffer from hearing loss or other compromised senses to obtain the compensation they deserve after an accident.
At Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., our hearing loss attorneys understand how frustrating it can be to live with compromised hearing, and how even more frustrating it can be to not be taken seriously by small claims judges or insurance companies. That is why we make it our job to help individuals like you build a sound case that is likely to end up in an award. If your life has been negatively impacted by your hearing loss or hearing problems, reach out to our team today to learn more about how we can help you.
Causes and Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss cases are complicated because there are several environmental and hereditary factors that may lead to hearing loss. In order to win your case, you need to be able to show that hearing loss is not hereditary and/or that the impairment was due to circumstances beyond your control. The circumstances you describe should be historically proven to result in hearing loss. Situations that typically result in hearing impairment include:
- Injuries to the head during an accident;
- Prolonged exposure to very loud noises; and
- Exposure to loud sudden noises (such as that of a car crash).
If you can prove that your loss was the result of any of the above, you have a third of a case. Next, you will need to prove that you actually suffer from hearing impairment. This can be done via medical records and hearing tests that result in the diagnosis in one of two types of hearing loss:
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss, which is what people typically think of when they think of hearing loss. This type of loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear, central nerve, or sound-processing portions of the brain. The severity of this type of impairment can vary, and can be anywhere from minor to complete deafness.
- Conductive Hearing Loss, which is why the sound waves cannot be properly transmitted to the eardrum, resulting in distorted speech and hearing.
Both types of hearing loss can be disruptive to your life and can result in an inability to do your job, an inability to partake in the activities you enjoy, ongoing therapy and medical care, and courses that teach you how to live with a hearing impairment. Each of these items can take a huge financial toll, which is why it is so important to work with a skilled attorney who can help you obtain the compensation you need to rebuild your life in financial comfort.
Let a Hearing Loss Attorney Aid in Your Claim
Because hearing loss is not a visible injury, you may have a more difficult time than most claimants recovering compensation for your damages and losses. That is why you should hire an experienced Rockford hearing loss lawyer if you plan to file a claim. At Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., our lawyers will evaluate the facts of your claim and help you build an irrefutable case so that you can obtain the compensation you need to recover in comfort. To get started on your case today, call our office or schedule your appointment online.