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Loss of sight or hearing could mean more compensation

Obviously, any type of injury suffered due to work-related functions or activities is unfortunate, which is why workers' compensation exists. Individuals who strain their backs doing heavy lifting, for example, should not then be left to fend for themselves when they can no longer do their jobs because of injuries they suffered while doing their jobs. Like many injuries, there are varying degrees of severity when it comes to on-the-job injuries. Among the most severe are loss of use injuries.

Loss of use injuries involve serious work-related injuries that are more than bruises or broken bones that will heal over time. These injuries involve health issues that will never heal, from which you will never recover, specifically loss of vision or loss of hearing. Facial scarring and disfigurement can also be included in loss of use injuries.

These injuries are not only severe because they will never fully heal, but because they affect more than just your ability to perform the functions of your job. Loss of sight or hearing will affect your entire life, making you unable to engage in some of the recreational activities you once enjoyed, and possibly even putting a strain on your relationships. It is for this reason that special provisions are provided that allow for extra awards in such circumstances.

If you are injured in a workplace accident, you could be entitled to more than simple workers' compensation. A scheduled loss of use award could increase the amount of compensation you receive in order to cope with your injuries. Enlisting the aid of an attorney will help ensure that the true extent of your injuries is demonstrated so that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve. This is particularly important in states like New York, where there are caps placed on the benefits an injured worker can recover depending on the extent of injuries. If you have suffered a workplace injury that cost you loss of sight, hearing or even loss of limbs, visit our webpage to learn how we can help you recover additional compensation for your injuries.

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