Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Hearing Loss
Work related hearing loss can occur to individuals who work in fields outside the quiet 9 to 5 office. Employees in construction, trucking industry, manufacturing, and/or air traffic control, for example, come in contact with loud machines and equipment daily. Employees who have suffered hearing loss due to their place of employment, can file a claim. This can include trauma work related hearing loss or hearing loss due to loud work noise (known as occupational hearing loss). If an employee wins the workers’ compensation claim, hearing loss can be considered a work related injury, and the filer can receive workers’ compensation.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 30 million people in the US are exposed to hazardous noise in their occupation. Workers’ compensation varies from state to state. Each state has rules regarding filing claims, statutes of limitations, and what is a work related injury.
Providing proof of occupational hearing loss requires medical records to document the hearing loss is work related and not because of personal activity at home. A licensed physician will have to attribute the hearing loss as occupational for a workers compensation claim to be filed in most cases.
Statutes of limitations can determine when a claim can be filed. But, if a claim isn’t filed yet, workers should still consider filing, even if denied. Proven claims could result in medical treatment, hearing aids and battery replacement coverage, but vary in each state. In addition, the “discovery rule” can be applied in some cases, extending the statute of limitations. Meaning a claim can be filed years after retirement if a worker knew or should have known they had a work related illness or injury. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is three years from date of last exposure to industrial noise.
If experiencing hearing loss due to work related activities and want more information on how this applies to Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claims, contact a skilled Harrisburg Workers’ Compensation Attorney at 717-238-1657 to discuss your case with an attorney who specializes in Pennsylvania workers’ compensations today.