Defense Base Act Hearing Loss Claims
If you are told that you listen to the television too loud, you have trouble hearing people talking in a crowded restaurant, you continually have to ask people to repeat things and/or you have constant ringing in your ears you probably are the victim of hearing loss.
One of the most common causes of hearing loss is exposure to noise. Many of our Defense Base Act clients have been exposed to “loud noise”. For example, bomb explosions, mortar fire, rockets, guns, truck engines, aircraft engines, etc.
What is noise-induced hearing loss?
Every day, you experience sound in your environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, you hear these sounds at safe levels that do not affect your hearing. However, when you are exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss. These sensitive structures, called hair cells, are small sensory cells that convert sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, your hair cells cannot grow back.
What sounds cause noise-induced hearing loss?
Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise generated by an aircraft engine or truck engine. Distance from the source of the sound and duration of exposure to the sound are equally important.
The 4 Step Plan
Generally, DBA hearing loss claims are fairly straightforward. I like to tell folks that it takes 4 steps to win:
1. Hire the best DBA lawyer you can find. That means look outside your immediate area. That means do your research. That means take the time to find the best.
2. Have your hearing tested. You need to prove that you really are a victim of hearing loss.
3. Once you’re done with steps 1 and 2, your case will either be settled or taken to trial (which rarely ever happens for DBA hearing loss claims).
4. Figure out how you are going to spend the money.
It really is that simple.
Of course, nothing is ever guaranteed to always go this smoothly. Sometimes the DBA insurance company will have you see their doctor to have your hearing loss tested.
Know this: The DBA insurance company, their lawyers or their doctors are not on your side. They all don’t want you to win your DBA case and they will do everything in their power to delegitimize your claim. Keep this in mind when you’re dealing with a DBA insurance adjuster or the DBA insurance recommended doctor.
Nationwide Defense Base Act Practice
The Turley and Mara Law Firm are asked by injured DBA workers across the United States (and the world) to represent them. We have a global practice and are listed as one of the top 2 DBA law firms in the world.
We are based in San Diego, California and even though that might be far from you we are here to give you the support and resources you need to win your Defense Base Act Case. One of those resources is the DBA law system guide book, “Win Your Defense Base Act Case”.
You can get your FREE copy of this guide book today and start the process to successfully file your DBA claim and eventually winning your DBA case.