Loss of Hearing or Sight
Loss of hearing or sight can be the result of traumatic events involving vehicle crashes, explosions, or chemical exposure. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans have experienced either loss of hearing or loss of sight. Although some lose these senses as a result of genetics or age, others have experienced irreversible damage caused by the deliberate or negligent actions of others.Workplace Accidents Leading to Hearing and Vision Loss
Some industrial work environments pose particular types of risk, and injuries can be devastating. Companies are expected to maintain a safe workplace as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Part of that includes providing protective gear such as goggles, masks, headphones, and other precautionary measures. Without proper safety gear, clear training, and strict adherence to procedure and product guidelines, serious injuries resulting in loss of hearing or vision can occur.Other Factors for Sensory Loss
Workplace accidents are not the only potential cause for receiving an injury that can result in loss of one of the senses. If during the course of going about your normal routine or undergoing standard medical care, you experience hearing or vision loss as the result of another’s recklessness or negligence, then you could have grounds for bringing a claim against them.
For example, there are possible links between vision impairment and hearing complications that have been attributed to certain prescription medications, including: Myambutol, Cipro, Levaquin, Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis. Symptoms of possibly related sensory loss can include: blurred vision, impaired depth perception, and sudden vision loss in one eye or both eyes; and Tinnitus, the feeling of dizziness, impaired hearing, and ringing of the ears.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has stated warnings on the possible link between these prescription medications and harmful medical conditions. These factors can begin to enter the area of product liability law and can get complicated. An experienced attorney can help walk you through this.
There are many different circumstances that result in loss of vision or hearing.
Other accidents that can result in sensory loss include:
Most workplaces will try to handle the matter by using a Worker’s Compensation claim. Companies may try to attribute blame to other factors to minimize their liability. However, it may be wise to consult an attorney to cover all of your options. Sensory loss cases can quickly become complicated because they involve a combination of personal injury and negligence.
Some types of objections they may raise include: trying to place the blame on the injured party (contributory negligence), trying to partially take blame for the incident (comparative negligence), and trying to maintain that risk was acknowledged and accepted by the injured party (assumption of risk). However, these are not reasons for an automatic dismissal of the other party’s responsibility. This is where a legal expert can assist in your case and help you fight back.
These injuries are not only potentially painful; they can also completely alter a person’s life. After losing the sense of hearing or sight, a person needs to re-learn how to interact with the world. This is no small task and you deserve the right care if you or a loved one are put in that situation.
Without proper legal representation, you could end up paying for:
- Future medical procedures
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication costs
- Ambulance fees
- Doctor fees
- Skills training to cope with sensory loss
California laws are multi-layered and can become highly complex. At Bridgewater Law Group, we are certified by the State Bar and experienced enough to navigate these complicated legal issues. Unlike other firms, we will not rush a settlement. We want justice for you and your case. We will not stop fighting for you until you get the compensation you deserve.
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