Hearing loss can be a debilitating condition, especially when it is job-related. The good news is that in Florida, workers' compensation covers a wide range of ailments, including hearing loss. Understanding how to navigate the claims process can greatly increase your chances of successfully securing compensation.
Under Florida's Workers' Compensation law – specifically Chapter 440, Section 15 – you may be eligible for temporary total or partial disability if you've suffered hearing loss due to your working environment. To recover, the employee must establish hearing loss in both ears caused by harmful noise in the work environment.
The Claims Process
The first step in the claims process is to report your injury to your employer. Following this, visit your doctor for a hearing test. The test or audiogram will show how much your hearing has been impaired, providing crucial evidence to prove that your hearing damage is work-related.
Once your claim is filed, workers' compensation benefits in Florida should cover medical treatments, including surgery and hearing aids after a work-related hearing impairment. In some instances, you may also be entitled to a lump sum compensation if you are left with permanent hearing loss.
Tips for Successfully Securing Compensation
- Prompt Reporting: Ensure to report your hearing loss to your employer as soon as possible. Delaying this could affect your eligibility for compensation.
- Medical Evaluation: Seek medical attention promptly. An audiogram can provide concrete evidence of your hearing impairment.
- Legal Consultation: Engage an experienced lawyer specializing in workers' compensation claims. They can guide you through the complex process and ensure that all paperwork is correctly completed and submitted on time.
- Follow Prescribed Treatment: Adhere to the treatment plan your healthcare provider recommends. This not only aids in your recovery but also demonstrates your commitment to getting better.
- Communication: Keep open lines of communication with your employer, medical professionals, and legal team. This ensures everyone is up-to-date with your condition and the progress of your claim.
Remember, problems with your hearing and ears can affect your life more than you might think. That's why Florida law allows for significant compensation for work-related hearing loss.
Be proactive in seeking the help and compensation you deserve, and know that Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. is ready to be with you throughout the process. Protect your rights, your health, and your future. Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. online or by phone so we can start working with you. (888) 499-6206