Proving Work-related Hearing Loss Is Key to Receiving Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is one of the most common occupational diseases plaguing American workers. However, in order to receive workers’ compensation for hearing loss in New Jersey, you’re going to have to prove that your injury is work-related—something many employees struggle to do.
The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation provides these guidelines for physicians and patients to determine whether a harmful work environment has caused hearing loss. According to CAOHC, doctors should ask four questions to assess the likelihood of work-related hearing loss in NJ:
- Does audiometric testing show a valid case of hearing loss? Doctors must not only test for hearing loss, they must demonstrate that the test was well-calibrated, performed in the proper environment, and there was no perceived ear canal obstruction.
- Is the employee exposed to potentially harmful noise at work? This may require records of noise-hygiene testing in the work environment and availability and use of hearing protection.
- Could the hearing loss be caused by a medical condition? After the total amount of hearing loss has been established, your doctor should examine your medical history and perform a physical examination to determine if another cause may have contributed to your hearing loss.
- Do the facts suggest that work exposure caused or contributed to the hearing loss? Physicians should rely on whether it was “more probable than not” that your work environment was to blame for causing your condition or aggravating a pre-existing injury.
As a trusted New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney, Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. knows that proving that your work environment contributed to your injury is a difficult process that will require intense investigation. To find out how we can help you get the benefits you deserve, call us today at (877) 360-0183, or fill out the contact form above to set up your FREE consultation. Your contact with us is always free, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
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