An often overlooked issue after a car accident is hearing damage. Car accidents are loud, traumatic, and destructive. A single collision can seriously impact a driver or passenger’s hearing, which comes with a wide range of challenges. Diminished hearing can impact your job, rack up expensive medical treatments, and lead to years of emotional struggles. When this occurs, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney, as an insurance company will likely try to deny your claim.
If you have suffered hearing damage due to a car accident that was not your fault, you should file a personal injury claim. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we take on the most challenging cases in the nation and are not afraid to go head-to-head with big insurance companies. We can sit down with you in a free consultation, listen to what happened and how your injuries have affected your life, and explain your legal options. To discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated Dallas hearing loss attorney, pick up the phone and call us at (214) 295-1008.
Any accident involving a sudden jolt or a blow to the side of the head can cause hearing loss, but one major cause is airbags. While they can prevent more serious injuries, such as brain damage, they also produce a massive amount of sound when deployed, which can damage your hearing. Airbags use a small explosion to inflate at high speeds. The sound of this explosion may be louder than a jet engine or a shotgun blast. It can damage ear structures, causing immediate and long-term hearing loss. Sudden, violent contact of the airbag with the head can also damage hearing.
After a crash in which your airbag deploys, along with hearing loss, you may experience:
- Ear pain
- Tinnitus (persistent ringing in the ears)
- Ruptured eardrum
- Vertigo (loss of equilibrium)
People who have suffered hearing loss may have difficulty making out what other people are saying, particularly when there is background noise. They may experience:
- Muffled hearing
- Ringing, buzzing, roaring, or hissing in the ears
- Pain, itching, or irritation of the ears, fluid leaking from the ear
- Vertigo or balance problems
In addition, hearing loss can negatively impact your emotions, cognitive functions, and relationships. The brain counts on stimulus from hearing. When hearing loss occurs, the quantity and quality of sound will decrease. The brain struggles to find the missing sound, and this causes stress that may contribute to cognitive decline in later years. Seniors with hearing loss have a higher risk of losing memory and cognitive function.
Hearing loss makes it more difficult to communicate with others. It can be a major contributing factor to irritability, anger, negativity, lack of focus, and social withdrawal. An inability to communicate effectively has a negative impact on overall quality of life.
People suffering with hearing loss have more difficulty communicating and, therefore, more trouble in their relationships. For many of these people, hearing loss is a significant concern when they are attempting to communicate with friends and family. Other people get frustrated when they feel the person with hearing loss is not listening to what they are saying.
If you suffered hearing loss in a car accident that was not your fault, then you may have a claim for compensation. Damages you may be entitled to claim may include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To recover damages in a hearing loss claim, you will need to show that your injuries were directly related to the collision and not due to your age or your job. Insurance companies are very dismissive of hearing loss claims, which is why you should talk to an experienced and skilled Dallas car accident lawyer who can support your case.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we believe life-altering injuries deserve the highest level of care. Our legal team is focused and results-driven – we stand by our clients and fight for their best interests. We can look into the details of your case, speak to your doctors and other medical professionals, and handle all the legal burdens of recovering compensation for you. Call us today at (214) 295-1008 to schedule a free consultation.