Go to work. Get paid. Repeat. What happens if your job is causing injury that you may not really notice or suspect, yet? There are many jobs that cause damage to our bodies, but we fail to notice them right away and they hit us a little later in life. Hearing loss is an on-the-job injury that is often overlooked, but serious nonetheless.
Hearing loss on the job
Hearing loss is a significant concern because once it’s gone it cannot be restored. Medical Daily claims that it can take only one single sound to cause permanent and irreversible damage to your hearing ability. If your work environment involves exposure to loud noises, your employer should supply you with sufficient and effective safety gear that still allows you to hear other commands. These are a few high-risk and commonly overlooked positions for hearing loss:
Security guards are the first responders, the ones at the scene of an incident before the police, fire department or ambulance. At the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, thirty-three security guards died in the line of duty. Sept. 11 was an atypical day at work, but it emphasizes the dangers of the job.
Security guards are often viewed as a deterrent, observing the situation and reporting behavior, unarmed. This can put them in harm’s way when dealing with a criminal element. Although more police officers are injured on the job each year than security guards, security guards are more likely to suffer a fatal injury at work.
Two-thirds of security guard fatalities come by assault while other injuries are caused by sources as varied as auto accidents, slips and falls, and overexertion. Data shows that working overnight is the most dangerous time period and weekends are more dangerous than weekdays.
The bills are piling up. Debt collectors are calling. You and your spouse are constantly on edge. You didn’t ask to be hurt on the job. You work hard–always have–and you give 110 percent to your job. So why is it you are taking the financial hit for a workplace injury?
Worker’s compensation is a type of insurance that pays lost wages and medical bills if you were hurt while working. But is only goes so far. Sure it is tax-free, but it is also only 60 percent of what you were making before. Your taxes sure never took up 40 percent of your paycheck. In fact, with kids and other deductions, taxes only took up about 15 percent. So why are you losing money from the very place that caused you r injury in the first place?
Airport travelers mostly think about the annoying delays and the lines at check-in, but it’s a whole crazy world behind the scenes. To the public, safety in flight is the number one concern and the people doing the legwork and operations on the ground are overlooked. The rush to stay on schedule creates a hectic workplace where accidents happen.
It’s a dangerous work environment. You work in a sea of vehicles, all in a hurry to be somewhere else and traveling on a chaotic highway system.
Workers are thrown off vehicles, carts and trailers collide, jet bridges are moved without clearance and heavy equipment falls and crashes. There is a lot of big, expensive and clumsy gear at the work site and it’s always being rushed from one gate or hangar to another.
It’s no secret the county workers who protect and serve our communities witness tragic events on the job. Public servants assigned to high-crime areas may endure numerous traumatic experiences in a single shift. From dealing with domestic-violence calls to car crashes, homicides to 4-alarm fires, for the police officers and paramedics who answer these calls, death and destruction is an all too familiar occurrence.
Can someone get PTSD just by seeing someone else get hurt?
Many people think PTSD is something that primarily affects servicemen who have been deployed to war-torn areas. But the truth is that PTSD can affect anyone. And while it is especially prevalent in crime victims or deployed military personnel, PTSD can even affect individuals who have simply witnessed a traumatic event.
If you have suffered a catastrophic workplace injury, recovery can be a strenuous and challenging process — not only for you but also for your family members. The love and support of spouses and other family members are vital throughout the process of rehabilitation. However, this might involve a myriad of emotions in all those close to you. The manner in which you and your family manage the all expectations and emotions can play a significant role in successful rehabilitation.
Did your doctor recently tell you that you suffer from work-related hearing loss? You just joined the large number of workers who suffer from one of the most prevalent workplace injuries here in California and elsewhere across the country. Whether caused by noise levels or chemicals where you work, this ailment changes your life, since reversing the damage remains a medical impossibility.
On behalf of Talia Nicoghosian of KCNS Law Group, LLP posted in Workers’ Compensation on Monday, October 31, 2016.
Did you know that workers’ compensation is not only limited to on-the-job physical injury? That you can receive compensation for mental injury or for a work injury that occurs outside of the workplace? That you need also need to document everything? Here are the answers to the important questions you didn’t know you should even be asking.