If you have found that your hearing has deteriorated over time and you suspect your work environment may have something to do with the decline, you are not alone. According to USA Today, hearing loss is the single-most common work-related injury affecting American employees today, with about 22 million workers facing dangerous levels of noise when they show up to work. It is also a costly problem for employers, with about $242 million spent on workers' compensation costs relating to hearing loss every year.
Missouri employees who file a workers' compensation claim must navigate a sea of paperwork and technical requirements. At some point after filing, some may receive a notice from the insurer requesting their appearance at an independent medical examination.
On-the-job injuries happen every day to hardworking and safety-conscious individuals. Sometimes it is the result of unsafe working conditions, and other times an accident or malfunction might cause harm. No matter what the circumstances surrounding your injury were, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim, but you may be one of the many people who find their claim denied.
Many people in Missouri equate post-traumatic stress disorder with military vets. However, it is not uncommon for people to develop PTSD after working in high-stress environments for years. Workers do not necessarily need to experience accidents and direct trauma to develop the condition. They can develop it from witnessing catastrophic events. The constant exposure to stress, workplace politics and other toxic conditions can also cause workers to develop health issues and have otherwise avoidable work accidents.
The risk of workplace injuries is very real for everyone, even those in the most sedentary occupations. The good news is you can get help with the resulting medical bills and loss of earnings through Missouri workers' compensation.