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Does losing hearing qualify worker for disability?

An employee who worked for years around loud machinery suffered hearing loss. He says that qualifies him for disability payments, but his employer disagrees. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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He claimed hearing loss after just two months on the job: What did a court think?

This employee suffered hearing loss because of years of working around loud equipment. He worked just two months for his last employer, then filed a workers’ comp claim for hearing damage. Did he receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Was retiree’s hearing loss caused by work or hunting?

After retiring, Steven Bell filed for workers’ comp for hearing loss. Records showed he’d suffered hearing loss before he started working for Goodyear Tire & Rubber. Bell was also an occasional hunter. Was his hearing loss work-related and would he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Was employee’s hearing loss caused by work or medical conditions?

This employee worked in a noisy environment for 17 years. He used hearing protection consistently for just five of those years. A doctor said there were other reasons for the worker’s hearing loss. Did he get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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New study reveals top 3 industries for hearing loss

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed the top three industries where occupational hearing loss is the most common – along with some other interesting findings.  [Read more…]

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Method of measuring hearing loss questioned in workers’ comp case

Doctors for both an employee and his employer agreed: The worker suffered hearing loss because of his job. But just how much hearing did he lose? The amount paid to him in workers’ comp benefits hung in the balance.  [Read more…]

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Are workers more likely to be injured on job if they have hearing loss?

The theory makes sense: Workers with hearing loss are at greater risk of occupational injury because they are less likely to be able to hear sounds that would indicate a hazard or warning signals. But is this actually true?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp case: Hearing loss is due to work and aging

A retired employee wants workers’ comp benefits for hearing loss due to workplace noise exposure decades ago. How can you tell if that’s the cause, or if it’s normal hearing loss due to age? [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp doesn’t cover hearing loss: Company has to pay employees

A 12-year battle regarding hearing loss between Murphy Oil and a group of its former workers has ended with a decision against the company. Now the company must pay up. [Read more…]

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Will company have to pay big for workers’ gradual hearing losses?

When it comes to workers’ comp benefits, is employee hearing loss over a long period of time different from other injuries suffered in the workplace? The answer is key in a lawsuit by more than 40 workers.

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