While most people think of workplace injuries as being physical injuries that are visibly apparent, in some cases, these injuries may not be readily apparent and may be the result of long-term exposure to (and lack of protection from) certain detrimental elements in a person’s work environment. One specific example of such workplace injuries is hearing damage and loss, which can be a particular problem for individuals who work in factories, car or motorcycle repair shops, concert halls or other music venues, construction environments, etc.
The following are some tips on how those who work in especially loud or boisterous environments can protect their hearing while they are at work:
- Wear noise protection gear: Wearing ear plugs or ear muffs when you work in a particularly lough environment can significantly reduce the noise levels that your ears are exposed to. While employers who care for the safety of their employees will typically provide such noise protection equipment, if they do not, take matters into your own hands and get (and wear) this gear to reduce your chances of suffering from hearing loss.
- Consider wearing noise-cancelling headphones: If you work in an environment where the use of ear plugs or ear muffs is not sufficient to block out the extremely loud noises around you, consider wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Keep in mind, however, that noise-cancelling headphones will prevent you from hearing warning sounds, others’ talking, etc., which may be problematic if you need to be alert to such noises while working.
It’s important to point out that some of these tips will only mitigate the noise levels that workers are exposed to and that, as a result, some hearing damage may still take place for some workers. Those who suffer any type of hearing loss or damage caused by their work environment will likely have a workers’ compensation claim and may be entitled to receive benefits for their injuries.
For more tips on how to protect your hearing while you are working, check out the forthcoming Part 2 of this blog.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.
In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.