When we hear that people have suffered hearing loss, we often assume they have listened to loud music or are elderly—since hearing decreases with age. While hearing loss can occur in these two cases, hearing loss can also be the result of a crash with a truck.
Ear Injuries in a Truck Accident
If the side of one’s head was struck during an accident with a semi, the person may have suffered one of the following ear injuries:
- Inner-ear concussion
- A hole in the inner ear
- Inner ear fluid leakage
- Bleeding in the inner ear
- Ruptured ear drum
- Fracture of the middle ear bones
- Fracture of the cochlea
- Fracture of the temporal bone
Sadly, any of these serious ear injuries can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. Even the loud deployment of an airbag can damage the ear and cause hearing loss. Whether a forceful blow to the head occurred or a loud airbag explosion, victims of trucking accidents often suffer ear injuries that lead to hearing loss and balance problems.
Factors That Affect Compensation
Because ear injuries are serious and can affect someone for the rest of his or her life, victims of truck accidents deserve to be compensated accordingly. Some factors that can help determine the amount of money a victim of a truck accident can collect depends on the answers to these questions:
- Is hearing loss in one or both ears?
- Is there ear pain?
- Is the hearing loss temporary or permanent?
- Is there a constant ringing in the ears (tinnitus)?
- Are the nerves in the cochlea or in the brain damaged?
- Is the hearing loss mild or severe?
- Are other people’s words hard to make out?
In order to get the best compensation possible following a serious ear injury, you need an attorney on your side who works with some of the top audiologists and doctors and understands ear injuries. Call us for a free consultation or get more information by requesting a free copy of our book What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck, or Bike Accident.