Hearing Loss In A Pennsylvania Workers Comp Case

Date: September 29, 2014

The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act allows for recovery for loss of hearing that is caused by longterm exposure to hazardous occupational noise in the workplace. Hearing loss under the Act considers the binaural formula (both ears) under Guidelines set forth by the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA formula assesses hearing loss based on audiometer testing measured in decibels at 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 hertz. The test results are then assigned a percentage of impairment. The percentage is then multipled by 260 weeks. That figure is then multiplied by the employees compensation rate.

If you have a hearing loss claim or if you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at tcummings@dlplaw.com or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.