An ear injury is harm done to a person’s ear, ear lobes, or inner ear. Any harm to the ear can result in hearing loss, so it is a sensitive and important part of the body. While some ear injuries are serious and permanent, others are only temporary and can be easily corrected.
What Are Some Common Examples of Ear Injuries?
Common ear injuries include:
- Occupational hearing loss
- Temporary hearing loss
- Ringing in the ears
- Blockages in the ears
- Ear infections
- Burst ear drums
- Permanent hearing loss
- Erosion of ability to distinguish between close and far sounds (as in background noise)
Who Can Be Held Liable for an Ear Injury?
If an individual or a business entity’s neglect directly or indirectly caused an ear injury, then they can be held liable. This can include business or situations likes:
- Construction companies
- Concert venues
- Sports arenas
- Individuals (if they assaulted another person and an ear injury resulted)
Claims can be filed under the grounds of negligence. Negligence cases need certain elements to be present. The plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty of care, that the duty of care was breached, that injury resulted, and that the injury was the direct result of the breach of the duty of care.
Personal injury cases can be filed as a gross negligence or medical malpractice claim. Finally, in the case of ear injuries that occur at work, worker’s compensation cases can be filed to treat an ear injury and compensate the injured party for as long as they are out of work. However, personal injury cases and workers compensation cases are not the same, so it is important to understand the difference.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Yes. Companies fight back hard against personal injury lawsuits. An employment lawyer will represent you during settlement negotiations and in court, if the case goes to court. A lawyer will also help you get the best possible damages award if you win the case.