Hearing Loss And Social Security Disability
The ability to hear is an essential part of performing nearly any job. If your hearing is impaired to the extent that you are not able to perform regular job functions, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains strict guidelines regarding the level of hearing loss an applicant must experience before he or she is considered eligible for benefits.
Obtaining benefits in these cases can be extremely difficult. Having an experienced Harrisburg attorney review your claim can provide some insight into your ability to seek SSD benefits. At Marzzacco Niven & Associates, we’re raising a voice as we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania in a variety of benefit claims under Social Security Disability.
Hearing Loss And Workers’ Compensation
Occupational hearing loss can be quite common for people who work in an environment where a consistently high level of noise is present. If your job is the direct cause of your hearing loss, you may be entitled to seek benefits under workers’ compensation. You do not need to have a disability to seek benefits.
Under Pennsylvania law, the worker’s hearing loss must be a minimum of 10% for a benefit claim to be considered. The claim must be filed within three years of the worker’s last exposure to the noise, and documentation must show that the noise in the workplace was the cause of the hearing loss.
When successful, workers can receive benefits for the cost of hearing aids, batteries, and repair expenses. In addition, workers may be able to seek cash benefits for permanent hearing loss. The level of benefits depends on the severity of the hearing loss and is paid as a percentage of the worker’s average weekly wages. These benefits can be paid for up to 260 weeks.
Turn to Us: Contact One Of Our Harrisburg Lawyers About Your Claim
Contact Marzzacco Niven & Associates to discuss your hearing loss questions with a lawyer. Initial consultations are always free. You can reach us by phone at 717-260-3580. You can also reach us via email.