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Up to 20 percent of people live with tinnitus, which is a condition that causes ringing or other noises to occur in one or both ears. This condition can interfere with your life in many ways, including by preventing you from working or causing mental distress from the constant noise. Treatment for tinnitus might mask the noise, but it is not successful for everyone. 

Occupational noise is a leading cause of tinnitus, and people who develop this condition from their workplace environment deserve full compensation for their injuries. If you were working as a contractor or civilian for U.S. defense overseas while you suffered your injuries, speak with a Defense Base Act attorney for tinnitus injuries right away. 

DBA Benefits

There are many work-related noise issues that can lead to tinnitus. You might develop this condition due to ear damage from constant noise exposure on the job, which might include:

  • Jackhammers
  • Loud machinery or tools
  • Firearms
  • Explosions

Many military or defense-related jobs involve one or more of these, so it is common for people working on military bases and similar environments to suffer tinnitus. 

If you can demonstrate that you developed tinnitus due to your job, you should receive benefits under the Defense Base Act (DBA). These benefits are similar to workers’ compensation for domestic employees and should provide coverage of your medical treatment and lost wages due to your tinnitus. 

However, also like workers’ compensation, DBA benefits do not cover your pain and suffering or other losses you incur due to your tinnitus. These losses can be significant since this condition can cause mental and emotional distress to many sufferers. Hearing constant loud ringing in your ears without any obvious cause can result in depression, anxiety, and more. While you cannot get DBA benefits for these losses, there might be other options, and a DBA attorney can evaluate your situation.

Additional Possible Claims

First, our law firm will look at whether a third party (other than your employer) was responsible for causing your tinnitus. Did a contractor negligently use loud equipment near you without warning you or ensuring you had the proper ear protection? If so, you might be able to hold that party accountable for your ear injury. In a personal injury claim like this one, you can seek full compensation for all of your losses, including for pain and suffering. 

Also, if your employer failed to maintain the necessary DBA insurance, the law allows you to file a lawsuit for your injuries. You can include pain and suffering and other non-economic losses in this recovery. 

Speak with a Defense Base Act Attorney for Tinnitus Injuries

At Mara Law Firm, we look for all possible sources of financial recovery so that you can have full financial support following your diagnosis of tinnitus. We handle DBA claims stemming from ear injuries on a regular basis, so please do not wait to call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online for a case evaluation today. 

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