You Deserve to Get Paid for What Your Job Took Away
You went to work every day in a Kentucky factory. Constant, loud noise surrounded you while you worked. As the years went by, it took its toll.
Hearing loss is a common experience for Kentucky factory workers, and other workers in noisy jobs, especially if you worked for years in a facility that’s decades old. The U.S. government estimates 22 million people are exposed to hazardous noise at work each year.
When your job leaves you with hearing loss, Workers’ Compensation benefits are designed to provide the lost wages and medical coverage you need.
Thanks to these benefits, you can keep supporting yourself and your family.
But sometimes, employers and Workers’ Comp insurance companies stand in your way.
We don’t stand for that.
The lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer fight for the maximum benefits you deserve.
Give us a call. We’ll meet with you and evaluate your case for FREE.
A Worker’s Story of Hearing Loss
This is the story of a real Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer client…
A Kentucky man goes to work every day for 24 years.
For 40 or more hours a week, he works around noisy machinery in a coal mine. He wears ear protection, but his hearing gradually gets worse.
You can’t keep working in many jobs if you don’t hear well.
It’s a matter of life and death. You need to hear instructions. You need to hear safety warnings. You need to hear what’s going on around you.
As our client said, you “could get covered up” if you don’t hear the cracking before a collapse in a mine.
But his employer denied his Workers’ Comp claim.
Then his attorney, McKinnley Morgan, took his case to court.
Not only did McKinnley win the case for that worker, he won a decision helping all Kentucky workers with hearing loss.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals found that state Workers’ Comp law violated the U.S. Constitution and Kentucky Constitution by treating workers with hearing loss differently from other workers for no good reason.
Fighting for workers is what we call Kentucky Courage™.
If you suffered hearing loss because of your factory job, warehouse job, mining job or any other job, don’t let your employer or their insurance company push your case aside. Push back.
What You Should Do When Your Job Causes Hearing Loss
It’s best to start your Workers’ Comp claim as soon as you realize your factory job, or any job, has damaged your hearing.
Here’s what you should do:
- Report to your employer that you’ve suffered hearing loss because of conditions at work.
- Tell your doctor how your hearing loss happened.
- Get an “off work slip” if the doctor says you need to stay home.
- Turn in the off work slip to your employer.
And don’t wait. Get a lawyer to review your case.
The key to winning Workers’ Comp benefits is proving that your hearing loss is related to your work.
Sometimes employers and insurance companies try to claim your hearing loss was caused by something other than your job.
They would rather protect their profits—not you.
They’ll look for reasons to deny your benefits, delay or give you less than what you’re owed.
An experienced Workers’ Comp hearing loss lawyer knows what kind of evidence you need to show you deserve benefits.
What You Should Get with Workers’ Comp
These are the kinds of benefits you should receive:
- Checks for lost wages
- Medical treatment including audiologist visits for hearing loss
- Reimbursements for travel, medical devices such as hearing aids and prescriptions
- Special payments for conditions including hearing loss (also vision loss, facial disfigurement, and inability to use a limb or extremity)
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we pursue every option for you to get financial relief—including when your injury means you also have a personal injury claim or Social Security Disability claim.
If you were a factory worker, or you worked in another noisy environment, and you worked hard and ended up with hearing problems, Contact Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer now.