Glendale Car Accident Hearing Loss Lawyers
Losing your hearing due to a sudden injury is nothing if not traumatic. Acute deafness can make it difficult to socialize, maintain your job, or enjoy your favorite hobbies. You may also suffer from chronic pain in the form of ringing in the ear or dizziness brought on by vertigo. In many cases, these acute injuries are the result of a catastrophic auto accident and can follow you for years to come.
If you or someone you love suffered hearing loss as a result of a negligent driver, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale hearing loss lawyers have provided legal representation to car accident victims for decades. We can advocate for proper compensation for any injuries you have suffered, including hearing damage. To speak to our team in a free, no-obligation consultation, call our office at (818) 507-4311.
While hearing loss does occur naturally with age and exposure to loud environments, people in accidents are in danger of acute hearing loss. Acute hearing loss refers to a severe decrease in someone’s ability to hear. As opposed to a steady drop in the ability to hear, acute injuries are sudden, traumatic, and expensive to deal with.
The most common cause of acute hearing loss is car accidents, for a variety of reasons. On its own, a collision between two large vehicles causes a loud, explosive sound. This can strain the ears and lead to temporary injuries, such as headaches and hearing difficulties, or more permanent disabilities. In addition, if a car’s windshield shatters, pieces of glass could enter the ear canal and damage its internal structure. Tears in the eardrum are extremely hard to fix, so often result in deafness.
But another major issue that comes with an auto accident is airbags. While some of the safety devices in a vehicle are absolutely necessary to prevent fatal injuries, airbags are also a cause of severe hearing loss. When an airbag deploys, it produces 165 decibels of sound -- the human ear can be damaged by volumes over 85 decibels. Airbag deployment has been associated with inner ear damage, as well as lifelong injuries like tinnitus.
Hearing loss after an auto accident can also occur due to:
- Damage to the cranial nerves in the inner ear
- Traumatic brain injuries that affect your ability to interpret sound and language
- Broken bones in the inner ear, which can cause deafness if they puncture the eardrum
- Soft tissue damage in the neck and back, including whiplash
Hearing loss can range from a general decrease in the ability to hear low-volume sounds to ringing in the ears to total deafness, all depending on what type of trauma you suffered. Some hearing can be recovered in the days or weeks after an accident, but more severe cases of tinnitus and vertigo have been shown to last a lifetime.
If you are experiencing any of these injuries following a car crash, you should immediately see a doctor to determine if your hearing was damaged:
- Ringing in the ear
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Difficulty hearing people in a quiet room
- Sensitivity to certain sounds
- Inability to hear high-pitched sounds
- Chronic pain in and around your ear
Unfortunately, many accident victims ignore the real-world impact of hearing loss and fail to include it in their auto accident claims. In addition, those who do advocate for hearing loss damages can find themselves being dismissed by the other driver’s insurance company. However, we at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, understand just how devastating these injuries can be and are prepared to demand full compensation if another driver caused your hearing loss.
Hearing loss is considered an “invisible injury” by insurance companies as it can be difficult to prove on normal tests. Most people do not have regular hearing tests as they do with their vision, so it may be difficult for your doctor to state that your hearing was impacted negatively. But that does not mean you do not have any options. While harder than most injuries, it is possible to prove hearing loss in a personal injury claim.
In order to do so, you will need to demonstrate that your hearing loss was directly caused by the accident. If your loss was caused by nerve damage, a broken inner ear bone, or traumatic brain injury, your doctor could support your claim by citing your medical records. Direct trauma to the inner ear is often the easiest way to prove hearing damage, especially in the inner eardrum.
With issues like ringing in the ear, vertigo, and decreased hearing capabilities, the process is a bit more complicated, but not impossible. If you did not work in a loud environment, such as a construction site, and did not listen to loud music, then you may be able to use witness testimony from friends, family members, and coworkers. These people can testify that you could hear at normal volumes prior to your accident and, after the accident, you had difficulties hearing normal sounds or voices at regular volumes.
Based on these pieces of evidence, your lawyer can argue that the driver who hit you is responsible for your injuries. From there, we can advocate for proper compensation, including your medical treatment, the costs of a disability, pain and suffering, and decreased earning capacity if the damage affected your career.
Following an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve fair treatment from the other driver’s insurance company. Their policies are designed to cover all injuries suffered by accident victims, but many are focused on their own profits. They may try to minimize the amount of compensation you receive with a lowball settlement offer, or argue that your injuries are unrelated to the collision. But, if you choose to work with Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale car accident attorneys can support your claim throughout the entire process.
Our firm is well-versed in fighting dismissive insurance companies and getting clients the compensation they need after a collision. You can trust that we will utilize all of our knowledge and experience to protect your rights. To discuss your case in a free consultation, contact Aghabegian & Associates, PC, at (818) 507-4311 or contact us online.
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