Blindness & Hearing Loss
Workers’ Compensation for Eyesight or Hearing Damage
If you lost an eye or an ear in a workplace accident, or suffered permanent damage to your vision or hearing in the course of employment, you are entitled to specific benefits under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation.
Martin Law has represented many clients in claims for eye injury, blindness, vision loss or hearing loss. Our experienced attorneys work to demonstrate to the insurance carrier that your eyesight is sufficiently damaged to meet the criteria and document the full extent of hearing loss to maximize your benefits.
Call 215.587.8400 for a free consultation. Serving Philadelphia and southeast Pennsylvania, we are one of the largest workers’ compensation law firms in the state that exclusively represents employees.
Blindness / Loss of Vision
Lost vision is a specific loss claim, paying scheduled benefits based on a percentage of your average weekly wages. Specific loss is paid on top of your regular pay or disability pay.
Visions loss claims are a yes-or-no proposition there is no pro-rated benefit for blurred vision or partial impairment. Benefits are awarded only for:
- Loss of the eye or blindness
- Loss of eyesight for all practical purposes (“legally blind”)
Benefits are paid for 275 weeks, plus a healing period of 10 weeks. The cause (flying object, chemical burn, accidental poking, brain damage) must be work-related.
Hearing Loss or Ear Loss
Hearing damage is also a specific loss claim, but benefits are calculated differently for hearing loss caused by specific trauma as opposed to hearing loss cause by long term exposure to loud noise:
- Total hearing loss from trauma
260 weeks, plus a healing period of 10 weeks
- Partial hearing loss from long term exposure. Proportionate percentage of maximum benefit (for example, 10 percent loss would be 26 weeks)
- Loss of an ear (outer ear) 60 weeks, plus healing period of 10 weeks
We have represented clients who suffered hearing damage from a head injury, explosion, loud blast or other traumatic event, or from cumulative effects of workplace noise (like aircraft or machinery)
Your specific loss benefits can be taken over time or as a lump sum settlement. We can help you make that decision.
Arrange a free consultation with lawyers who know the law and protect your rights. We have several office locations in the Philly Metro and surrounding counties.