If you've lost some or all of your hearing after an accident, you'll undoubtedly face struggles. In addition to expenses for hearing aids, cochlear implants and doctor's visits, you might lose your job due to your newfound disability. That, on top of your discomfort, pain and loss of enjoyment in life.
As bad as this all sounds, if you've lost your hearing because of someone else's mistake, you could be entitled to compensation.
Hearing Loss Caused by Auto Accidents
An impact to the head, such as striking your head in the midst of a multi-vehicle wreck, can cause a number of massive injuries, not the least of which is a traumatic brain injury. The permanent loss of hearing – or temporary hearing impairment – can also result from blunt force impacts to the head during a car crash. Hearing-related injuries can be caused by:
- A loss of consciousness resulting in an inner-ear concussion
- Dislocation of the middle ear bones
- Fracture of the inner ear bones
- Ruptured eardrums
- Damage to the cochlea
- Puncture to the inner ear
- Inner ear fluid leak
- Bleeding in the inner ear
- Fracture of the temporal bone fracture
- Labyrinthine concussion
- Skull fracture of the temporal bone
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that approximately 4,000 people lose their hearing suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the U.S. Car wrecks are a prime example of this.
Types of Hearing Loss Injuries
There are three main types of hearing loss.
- Conductive hearing loss, which is caused by injury to the ear canal, eardrum or the middle ear.
- Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), which occurs due to of problems of the inner ear. It's also known as nerve-related hearing loss.
- Mixed hearing loss -this kind of deafness is a combination of both of the above.
Cost of Treatment for Deafness and Hearing Loss Injuries
According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), 40 million Americans live with untreated hearing loss, and countless people are unemployed due to their inability to hear clearly.
Anyone who's been in a car accident knows how expensive it can be - between missed work days, medical bills and a damaged vehicle, it adds up quickly. Add hearing loss to the mix, and suddenly you're dealing with a lifetime of medical care, hearing aids or surgical implants.
You should know that if your hearing loss was caused by another driver, you don't have to pay for it alone. Many deaf victims are able to recover compensation by filing a claim against the at-fault party's insurance to reimburse them for these costs as well as non-economic losses like pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Claiming Damages Against the Negligent Driver for Hearing Loss
If you have suffered conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), mixed hearing loss, deafness, partial hearing loss, or total hearing loss – either gradually, suddenly, in one or in both ears – as a result of being injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, then you have a right to make a claim for monetary compensation.
In addition to seeking compensation for all medical expenses (both past and future), a good injury attorney will also be able to make sure you are fairly compensated for any loss of income you will suffer as a result of your injuries, and also compensation for the impact your hearing loss will have on your future quality of life.
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