FAQs About Workers’ Comp Claims For Hearing Loss

 

How do I qualify for hearing loss benefits under Wisconsin's worker's compensation system?

You can qualify for hearing loss benefits by demonstrating that your hearing was damaged by working in a noisy workplace. If you contact us via email or call us at (800) 754-8110, we'll start your claim by referring you to a clinic near your home where your hearing can be tested at no cost to you.

How much does it cost to claim hearing loss benefits?

Your consultation with our attorneys is free. And because costs and attorney fees are contingent upon recovery, there is no cost to you unless you get paid.

Do I have to pay taxes on worker's compensation benefits?

Generally, worker's compensation benefits are tax-free. But as with any benefits, you should consult with your tax advisor.

I have noisy hobbies like woodworking and hunting. How will that affect my claim?

Wisconsin worker's compensation law only requires that workplace noise must contribute to a worker's hearing loss. Even if you have other noise exposure such as rock concerts or other noisy hobbies, if your hearing was made only a little worse because of workplace noise, you can still receive benefits.

I wore hearing protection at work. Does that affect my claim?

We find that most employees remove their hearing protection in order to communicate with coworkers. And many employers began mandating hearing protection only in the last few years. Prior to that, many workers were exposed to damaging noise. You may be entitled to compensation for hearing caused by noise exposure when you didn't wear hearing protection.

I have retired. When can I claim hearing loss benefits?

Anytime. If you've been retired for more than 12 years, your claim will be made against a state-sponsored fund instead of your employer.

Doesn't hearing loss only affect "old people"?

Contrary to popular belief, 65% of people with hearing loss are younger than 65. Over 12 million people between the ages of 18 and 54 cope with hearing loss. Hearing loss affects all age groups.

Wouldn't my doctor tell me if I had hearing loss?

Only 13% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical. Since most people with hearing impairment do just fine in a quiet environment like a doctor's office, it can be virtually impossible for your physician to recognize the extent of your loss.