Benefits for Maritime Workers with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

June 26, 2013

The following are examples of financial recovery by maritime workers who are not seamen and contractors employed overseas for a noise induced hearing loss.  The current maximum compensation rate under the Longshore & Harbor Worker Act is $1295.20 per week which is measured by the workers average weekly earnings.

Under longshore law a 100% loss of hearing in both ears entitles the maritime worker to 200 weeks of compensation.  Fortunately, hardly anyone has a 100% hearing loss due to noise.  However, most maritime workers and contractors covered under the Defense Base Act who are exposed to excessive noise on a continuous basis have a hearing loss. Whether it is an IED explosion in Afghanistan or waterfront equipment injurious noise causes permanent injury.

Ten percent noise induced hearing loss entitles the injured worker to 20 weeks of compensation which when multiplied by the maximum compensation rate of $1295.20 per week would result in a settlement of $25,904.00 plus future medical rights.

Many maritime workers and overseas contractors are working with a hearing loss and are currently due monetary settlements as outlined above.  If the worker continues in maritime employment and an additional hearing loss is sustained a second claim for the additional hearing loss may be filed.

This is a benefit  that is rightfully yours right now. If you think you have a hearing loss as a result of maritime employment, please contact the attorneys at Weltin, Streb & Weltin, LLP today. Any fee for our services is paid by your last maritime employer or its insurance carrier.  The numbers mentioned above are net to you and are tax free.

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