July 5, 2014
Dealing with noisy workplaces is a day-to-day reality for many people, particularly those who may work in the construction, auto repair, mining or other industries. While there are some specific things that employers are required to do in order to mitigate the possibility of hearing damage (such as by providing workers with ear plugs), in some cases, people may still suffer hearing loss in the course of performing their jobs.
In this two-part blog, we will take a closer look at some of the things you should know when it comes to on-the-job hearing loss and workers’ compensation claims in Colorado.
If you are struggling with job-related hearing damage and are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim for your workplace injuries, don’t hesitate to contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Jennifer Bisset for assistance getting the full amount of benefits you deserve.
Hearing Loss Is a Scheduled Injury in Colorado
The Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act categorizes permanent partial disabilities as either “scheduled injuries” or “non-scheduled injuries.” According to the terms of the Act, workplace injuries like the loss of a limb and hearing loss are classified as scheduled injuries (for a full list of the schedule of permanent partial disabilities, according to Colorado law, C.R.S. 8-42-107 (2)).
For scheduled injuries like hearing loss, the amount of workers’ compensation benefits is generally determined as follows:
- A specific value expressed as a number of weeks is assigned to the injury.
- This number is then multiplied by a percentage (such as, for instance 50%), based on the percentage of impairment/the loss of function due to the injury (as determined by a doctor who examines the injured worker).
- The result of this calculation is then multiplied by the weekly compensation rate at the time of the injury to determine the benefit amount.
Be sure to check out the upcoming second part of this blog for some additional important information about workplace hearing loss and workers’ compensation benefits for this injury.
Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at the Bisset Law Firm
Have you suffering hearing loss or damage due to your job? If so, Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jennifer Bisset wants you to know that she is here to aggressively advocate your rights and help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve.
All of the experienced legal professionals at the Bisset Law Firm are dedicated to providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal representation, keeping each of our clients informed at every stage of their cases and, ultimately, helping them obtain the best possible results for their claims.
Contact Us Today
Contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Jennifer Bisset by calling (303) 894-8900 or emailing us (using the contact form on the upper right-side of the screen) to learn more about your rights and receive a professional evaluation of your case.
While we offer knowledgeable, superior counsel to anyone seriously injured on the job, some of our additional key strengths include our fierce negotiating skills, our extensive trial experience and our readiness to take decisive action when the denial or delay of a workers’ compensation claim is finally overruled.