Hearing loss is often called an “invisible injury.” Why? Because it is hard to prove, compared to more obvious physical injuries like broken bones. That, in turn, makes it a challenge to prove to an insurance company that you actually suffered hearing loss as a direct result of a car accident.
In this article, we are going to talk about how a car accident can cause hearing loss, and what you can do to make sure that you are compensated for your hearing loss, even when it is hard to prove. If, after reading this article, you have more questions about your own circumstances related to hearing loss, then the hearing loss attorneys in Jacksonville, at RITE Law, are here to help you.
Our RITE Law hearing loss attorneys in Jacksonville have your best interests at heart, and we have the training and resources to make sure that you receive the help you need. Our number is (904) 500-RITE or you can fill out our contact form online. We provide a free case evaluation, so call today.
How Does a Car Accident Cause Hearing Loss?
There are three main ways in which your hearing could be impacted by a car crash. First, your head could literally hit something during the crash. Even if you are wearing a seatbelt, a car crash will send your head sideways, possibly against the side of your interior. By striking your ear, you could possibly suffer some damage to the bones in your ear. In that same vein, an injury to your brain from head trauma could also result in hearing loss.
Second, loud blasts of sound can cause damage, even serious long-lasting damage to your ears. A car accident – with the attendant airbags being deployed – typically comes with loud sounds. Thus, your hearing could be impacted by simply the sound of an accident. That also goes for those pedestrians and bikers who are close to, or also may have been otherwise injured by a car accident.
Third, whiplash and skull fractures may also result in hearing loss. Whiplash involves the nerves and muscles in the neck. Those nerves may be integral for your ears as well. A skull fracture, in which the bones in your face or head might have broken, could have resulted in a tear to your ear canal.
Proving Hearing Loss After a Car Accident
There are many reasons why you may shy away or not focus on hearing loss after a car accident. You may be so preoccupied with other serious injuries, that you do not focus on your hearing loss as a priority. You also may automatically think that hearing loss is hard to prove, so you might neglect to include hearing loss on your insurance claim form. Or, you may not even realize right away that you have any hearing loss.
We are here to tell you that it is not a good idea to downplay or avoid making a claim about your hearing loss. Not only is hearing loss a serious condition that could lead to much more serious problems over a lifetime, for which you deserve compensation, but it can be proven.
With the help of a skilled hearing loss attorney in Jacksonville, you will be able to prove to insurance companies that your hearing loss is legitimate. Of course, your hearing loss must be supported by a physician.
Yet, you can assert that your job, and your lifestyle, before the accident could not have been the cause of any hearing problems before the accident. Indeed, if you can show that your life does not involve a loud workplace, and you are not the type of person who would choose recreation that involves loud music or other loud environments, then an insurance company would have difficulty trying to deny a hearing loss claim.
That is not to say that insurance companies, judges, and juries are not dismissive of hearing loss claims. Without visible injury, you will always have more of an uphill battle. But, enough medical records and circumstantial evidence can help you prevail.
Get Help from an Experienced Hearing Loss Attorneys in Jacksonville.
Personal injury cases involve injuries that one party claims are the result of another party’s negligence. Examples include slips and falls but can also include claims involving negligent maintenance, negligent security, and product liability.
Most cases are resolved through informal resolution at mediation or arbitration when those involved, their insurers and their legal representation, enter into a settlement agreement to resolve the case through a monetary payment rather than a jury trial. If an informal resolution is not possible, a formal personal injury case is initiated by the filing of a civil complaint against another party (person, business, etc.) claiming some type of negligence that caused them harm.
At RITE Law, we started the firm for one reason – to help those in Florida and elsewhere have the resources of a firm that was “big enough to fight but small enough to care.” At Rudolph, Israel, Tucker & Ellis (RITE law), we have the resources and experience to go to trial when it is necessary, and we have the wisdom to advise you appropriately.
Without help from the hearing loss attorneys in Jacksonville on the RITE team, trying to make insurance claims can lead to a lot of frustration and time and money lost. When you turn to our firm, we spring into action, making sure every detail of your claim is addressed. We answer any questions you have and stand in your corner to give you the best opportunity to receive all the benefits you deserve.
Expect lots of attention, passionate representation, and a healthy disdain for big insurance companies. We believe that leads to the best result possible. Unlike larger firms, your case isn’t handed to a paralegal or assistant to do the heavy lifting. The attorney you meet initially is the one who will be by your side every step of the way. Call us for help. Our number is (904) 500-RITE or you can fill out our contact form online. We provide a free case evaluation, so feel free to call us today.