Loss of Hearing



If you’ve been injured on the job, you know how difficult that is, but if your injuries involve loss of hearing, you face a uniquely difficult path forward. In the past, only a total hearing loss could be compensated by workers’ compensation, but since 1975, partial loss has been covered. However, proving that your partial hearing loss is related to excess noise on the job – as opposed to aging or another cause – can be a very difficult hurdle to clear. Hearing loss can disrupt your life and your ability to perform your job in ways you may not have even considered, but an experienced workers’ compensation attorney will skillfully advocate for your rights and for your rightful compensation. 


How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?

Workers’ compensation is designed to help protect employers and employees alike. If you are injured on the job – such as by suffering a hearing loss – workers’ comp insurance is in place to help cover your damages, including your medical costs and lost earnings on the job. Workers’ compensation, however, generally takes suing your employer for the damages you suffer off the table. The idea is to expedite the recovery process for employees like you, while protecting employers from lawsuits that could put them out of business. 

Occupations Most Commonly Affected

Hearing loss is closely associated with especially loud work environments, such as those related to:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Industrial settings
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Carpentry 

The Burden of Proof

Some injuries sustained on the job are clearly job-related, and workers’ compensation has virtually no way to dispute this fact. Hearing loss, however, is a different matter. Hearing loss tends to happen over time, which means that proving it is job-related tends to be a difficult task. If you believe you’ve suffered hearing loss as a result of your employment, the most important steps that you can take include:

  • Discussing your hearing loss with your doctor and any recommended hearing specialists
  • Keeping careful track of your medical records as they relate to your hearing loss 
  • Notifying your employer of your hearing loss as soon as it is identified by a medical professional 
  • Carefully following the health instructions provided to you by your medical team 
  • Consulting with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney with considerable experience successfully handling complicated hearing loss claims

Your claim will be utterly unique to you and your situation, but hearing loss claims are nearly always uniquely complicated. 

An Experienced Joliet Workers’ Compensation Attorney Is Standing by to Help

If your job has caused you to experience full or partial hearing loss, you are at a distinct disadvantage and need the professional legal counsel of a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney. Danielle Pinkston at Pinkston Law Group, P.C., in Joliet, Illinois, is an impressive workers’ compensation attorney who dedicates her practice to helping clients like you fully recover for their losses. We’re here for you, too, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information about how we can help. 



Whether you’re dealing with a workers’ compensation claim, a civil rights violation, or a personal injury case, you and your family’s best interests are our top priority. Ms. Danielle A. Pinkston of Pinkston Law Group utilizes her extensive legal knowledge to resolve your case, no matter how complex it may be. We share your goals and work closely with you, delivering the exceptional services you need.

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