“I’ll tell you what the public likes more then anything. It’s the rarest commodity in the world-honesty.” -Merle Haggard
The First Step
Before I get into the details about hearing loss claims, I want to tell you a few things. The Best thing you can do for you and your family while dealing with your Longshore Case, is to always tell the truth. No matter what. Your case depends on your honesty. If a judge suspects you are not being honest, then your case will be thrown out.
I have seen it many times in court. Trust me. Do not start a little white lie. Just be honest with your attorney and honest about your injury, and you will be better off.
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Seems Simple, Not So Fast
Run-down of a LHWCA Hearing Loss Claim
You need to determine your Hearing Loss under the AMA Guides to Permanent Impairment. This is "must."
For example, suppose you have a 25.8% impairment of both ears.
The you look at the Table of Schedules - and see that "Compensation for loss of hearing in both ears" is 200 weeks.
Suppose you have an Average Weekly wage of $987.33. (Don't miss our free article on Calculating Average Weekly Wage under the LHWCA).
$987.33 x 2/3 = $658.21
Thus, you have a compensation rate of $658.21
Thus, the permanent disability calculation is as follows:
200 weeks x 25.8 = 51.6 weeks
$658.21 x 51.6 weeks = $33,963.63
Thus, you are entitled to $33,963.63 in permanent disability for your loss of hearing.
Discuss your case with a US LHWCA Lawyer in San Diego.
The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC understands that you have questions about your rights and safety, and are probably concerned what might happen to you if you have a hearing loss. We are committed to fighting to get you the justice you deserve, and maybe help you regain your peace of mind in the process. Contact The Turley & Mara Law Firm today to discuss your case with a US L&H San Diego Lawyer. Call us at (619) 234-2833
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley