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Tinnitus may be a tragically debilitating disorder, leading to the lifelong loss of many previously enjoyable things, such as reading a book in peace and quiet, sitting still with a loved one, enjoying some quiet time, or even sleeping. Extreme tinnitus cases I consider to be very serious injuries. So, as a tinnitus and hearing lose lawyer, I wanted to share possible causes of tinnitus or hearing loss, how the lives of those who suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss injuries impact the lives of those who suffer, and how to prove Florida tinnitus lawsuits.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus, although there is no actual sound source, is a sense of sound in the ear. Such sounds are caused by damage to hair known as cilia in the inner ear. This damage causes the cilia, as they typically do, not to transmit signals of silence to the brain. In various ways, people describe tinnitus, like crickets, chirping birds, different sounds of insects, ringing, hissing, static, screeching, sirens, whooshing, crashing, pulsing, ocean waves, humming, tapping, dial tones, and other sounds. Depending on the day, you can have some or all of those sounds or different sounds. You can also hear the sounds of the “feedback” kind.
Symptoms of Tinnitus
The volume of tinnitus sounds can range from slightly irritating to unbearably annoying. Often, the sounds may be continuous or come and go. Many tinnitus patients also experience exhaustion, stress, sleep problems, trouble focusing, memory problems, difficulty reading, social interaction issues, depression, anxiety, and irritability if the volume or frequency is significant. If the tinnitus is serious, these awful side effects can be absolutely crippling which is why it is important to start Flroida tinnitus lawsuits.
How to Handle Florida Tinnitus Lawsuits and their problems
Most cases of tinnitus or hearing loss should be treated as cases of serious injury, which means that extraordinary attention to detail is needed, and tinnitus experience is very helpful.
Tinnitus is Invisible, Which Makes it Difficult To Argue
Perhaps the toughest difficulty is in explaining the seriousness of the loss to every jury in Florida tinnitus lawsuits. Most jurors have no idea what a person who has tinnitus is hearing, unless they have suffered from tinnitus themselves, or have a close friend or family member who has it. Worse, no harm can be seen (as the person may look just fine), and the victim’s speech can or may not be impaired, or may only be impaired to a small degree. So, for the most part, a victim of tinnitus can walk and talk just fine. They will not be persuaded if the jury sees a person who is not obviously hurt. So for tinnitus or hearing loss damage we must find inventive ways to tell the story so that your loss will be felt as much as possible by the jury. This requires a deep determination to support you through what can be a time-consuming method of optimizing the benefit of your case of tinnitus injury, in addition to imagination and intellect. You should be advised by your hearing loss disability lawyer everything you can do to help maximize the value of Florida tinnitus lawsuits.
Proving Florida Tinnitus Lawsuits is Also Difficult
In any injury case, lawyers must show that “most likely than not” accidents caused the injuries of the individual and caused the extent of the pain and suffering. In all accident situations, proving cause is a very big deal. It is more difficult to obtain data when there could be other factors, or when there has been a similar pre-existing condition.
There are many possible causes of tinnitus, including age-related hearing loss, operating around noisy sounds, hobbies involving loud noises, different vascular issues, aneurysms, cancers, or events involving head injuries or accidental exposure to very loud noise. In any form of accident case, defense lawyers almost always attack causation. So the multiple possible tinnitus triggers give them the ability to suggest that the tinnitus was not caused by any real accident.
If you had a sudden onset of tinnitus after the accident or noise exposure, especially obvious, severe onset within 48 hours of the accident, the tinnitus attorney can resolve these claims more easily. If the tinnitus progression is more incremental, evidence becomes harder to prove for Florida tinnitus lawsuits, but it can still be achieved. Your past records and experiences can also aid in the more gradual onset of tinnitus. Your past medical records, for instance, and past family records, could indicate that you had no previous hearing problems, no vascular problems, and no family history that may have caused you to inherit tinnitus-causing conditions. In addition, the sound type can help identify the source. For example, clicking is often triggered by muscle contractions (which may or may not have been triggered by head trauma), vascular problems or other medical problems often cause speeding, humming or pulse noises, and low-pitched ringing may be caused by Meniere’s disease. However, exposure to very loud noise or blow to the ear is also caused by high-pitched ringing or buzzing. If hearing loss is also present, then tinnitus may be permanent. Fast pitched ringing can also be triggered by long-term noise exposure, age-related hearing loss, drugs, or acoustic neuroma, to further complicate matters. Your tinnitus attorney must absolutely show, though, that the accident, or exposure to medicine, triggered the tinnitus.
For your tinnitus lawyer, there are many inventive ways to show that your accident induced tinnitus, including:
- In relation to the accident, the date of onset,
- The kind of noises that you hear,
- If tinnitus is likely to be caused by head trauma: the form and location of head injury incurred, what hit your head, the location of head pain, the speed of the object that hit you, and the direction of impact,
- If tinnitus is triggered by exposure to loud noise: distance from you and decibel level of any loud noise that you have heard, particularly within 48 hours of onset,
- Date of diagnosis of tinnitus (soon after the accident is best),
- Treating the opinion of physicians concerning the cause of tinnitus,
- An independent opinion of a medical practitioner,
- Both of your past medical history, which indicate no pre-existing illness for your entire life,
- Military documents (if possible to show, ideally, that you were employed in an office instead of artillery),
- Medical history of the family (to refute the hereditary origin of ear disease),
- Employment history and job specifications (again to show non-exposure to loud noises) for both current and previous work, and
- A list of your hobbies and interests (for example, a hunter will have trouble triggering them).
How Tinnitus Patients Can Increase Their Payout
First of all, if you have not told your doctor about your condition and you have been diagnosed with tinnitus and checked for tinnitus (not just hearing loss) by an audiologist, then it should be your first business order. Without medical documents documenting your complaints and diagnosis, your counsel can not prove your case. Ideally, after the accident or noise exposure, you have gone as soon as possible. Days and certainly weeks do matter. So call now and schedule an otolaryngologist, also known as an “ENT” (for “ear, nose, and throat,”) and an audiologist for the earliest possible appointment. ENTs also have audiologists who work in their offices, so visiting an ENT should be the first step.
You’ll sit in a soundproof space wearing headphones during audiological tests. For one ear at a time, the doctor will replicate particular sounds. When you hear a sound, you say it. These findings are going to be compared to what is common for your age. One frustration is that the sounds of tinnitus can not be heard by those who already have hearing loss, making it hard to communicate what they hear. In those cases, the better choice is the explanation of the sound and volume.
In addition, you could go to the website of the American Tinnitus Association and listen to the sounds of tinnitus. (In order not to be too distracting, please follow their guidelines for keeping the volume low). Note that on a scale of 1 to 10, each distinct sound form is equivalent to what you hear, as well as the frequency of the sound you feel as a result of your tinnitus. To your hearing loss solicitor, convey this information. This will assist to notify the insurance provider, the corporate defendant, or any potential jury of Florida tinnitus lawsuits, of the degree of your loss. It will also help her think more about your pain as well.
Additionally, it would be beneficial to join the American Tinnitus Association as an entity. (Individual membership is $40 a year as of the time of this writing. Sadly, this charge for you is not eligible to be charged by your hearing loss attorney.) When you enroll, you will receive a monthly email discussing the current care choices. You will be well-advised to read each issue, cover-to-cover, and pursue any and all therapies for your condition that are potentially promising. You see, juries prefer to honor all who do what they can to assist themselves. Even though tinnitus could be a permanent problem, the safest thing for Florida tinnitus lawsuits will still be to pursue all avenues for improvement. In addition to seeking any and all possible therapies (including holistic treatments and doctors, if any are near you), you should also keep a record of those treatments you are attempting at home and inform any doctors or other medical professionals of your hearing loss lawyer.
The American Tinnitus Association will also, as part of your membership, give you a workbook. This workbook is designed to assist you in the management of tinnitus. You should work completely through the workbook and save the book and any notes associated with it. Again, doing this job will help prove the injuries to the tinnitus lawyer, as well as all you’ve done to help yourself get better. A library of calming sounds, which you can find helpful, as well as area support groups, are also accessible through the organization. You should continue to listen to the calming sound library and take notes of effects that are helpful or unhelpful. Finally, you can enter and participate as much as possible if there is a support group in your city. Doing these things will drastically increase the credibility of Florida tinnitus lawsuits.
Some Causes of Tinnitus
Most items can cause various degrees of hearing loss or tinnitus. The error of another person or organization may be any of those occurrences. If that is valid for your tinnitus, then a hearing or sensory loss or tinnitus attorney should certainly be consulted. I have experience working on this sort of case, so I can answer any questions you might have about whether your loss could be caused by any other party.
Only a few of the several cases of potential causes of hearing loss or tinnitus that may lead to viable litigation for sensory loss are:
- Deployment of airbags after an auto accident
- Any effect that causes head or neck injury and impacts the ear, such as car incidents, accidents of slip and fall, work injuries, or the like
- Any accident that causes a foreign object in the ear canal to lodge;
- Any accident caused by extremely loud noise, such as ultra-loud whistles, machines or heavy equipment, chain saws, appliances, airbags, weapons, portable music players, or other very loud noise
- Cardiovascular disorder (misdiagnosis of heart disease) caused by medical malpractice;
- Loud jobs in factories
- Loud jobs in construction
- Such medicines that are harmful to the ear
- Loudspeakers or concerts, which can impact those in the music industry who work.
Generally speaking, physicians who diagnose hearing loss and tinnitus know if and to what degree you have permanent hearing loss within a few weeks.
Excessive noise is the most common cause of tinnitus, commonly believed to be noises above 85 decibels. The hair cells in the inner ear, called cilia, can be damaged by this noise. If they are killed, care for regeneration is not yet available, but there are therapies that may help you control tinnitus, and if you are interested in Florida tinnitus lawsuits, those should be thoroughly investigated.
Are You Able to Sue Someone For Causing You Tinnitus?
The potential at-fault group will differ in any case of hearing, sensory deprivation, or tinnitus. Maybe there’s no one to blame. Although, depending on exactly what caused the tinnitus, Florida tinnitus lawsuits are certainly worth pursuing. Many that may owe you money during a tinnitus or hearing/sensory loss event include suppliers of goods, individuals using homeowners’ insurance equipment, auto insurance if the damage occurred during a car accident or other insurance depending on the accident. If you have any more questions, please contact us and we’ll help you as soon as possible.