Making a noise-related hearing loss claim through workers’ compensation
One of the most common work injuries is noise-related hearing loss.
Employers are legally required to:
- Reduce the decibel level;
- Limit your exposure; and
- Provide ear protection.
But not all employers follow the law.
If you are among the thousands of Oregonians exposed to continuous loud noise at work, then you are susceptible to long-term hearing impairment.
Did Workplace Noise Cause Your Hearing Loss?
If you believe your hearing loss may be related to your job, you can look at making a claim on your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.
OSHA established the Hearing Conservation Program in 1981. The program set safety guidelines for noise level and exposure rates.
Hardworking people in the 1960s and 1970s did not have this protection. The result? An entire generation exposed to high decibels of occupational noise. People had no hearing protection—and no recourse.
Today, many of those workers retire with hearing loss nearing deafness.
If you have suffered ear damage due to your job, talk to us about making a hearing loss claim through Oregon workers’ compensation system.
Filing workers’ compensation hearing loss claim
It can be hard to prove that your hearing loss is related to your work environment.
Here is what you need for a potentially successful claim.
- Hearing loss in both ears;
- An evaluation from a specialized doctor; and
- Evidence that your job exposed you to high decibel levels.
Marcia Alvey has been fighting for the rights of working people for more than 30 years. Talk to Alvey Law Group about your hearing loss claim: the consultation is free.
Questions about filing a workers’ compensation claim? See Frequently Asked Questions about Workers Comp.