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Worker’s Compensation Case And Occupational Disease

The compensation laws in the great majority of states now provide benefits for victims of occupational disease occasioned by employment.

The term occupational disease is defined as any disease caused by exposure to the harmful conditions of the employment when these conditions are present to a greater degree than in employment generally; when there is present a recognizable link between the disease and hazards of the employment; and when the disease is distinctly peculiar to the employment as contrasted with ordinary diseases which arise in day to day life away from employment. With legal consult you will develop a better understand of what this case is all about.

Just as occupational diseases present difficult diagnostic problems to the physician, so do they affect the approach of the compensation investigator. His job in handling these claims is unique. In working up any type of occupational disease claim, one thing is of paramount importance: a thorough history must be secured.

Medical diagnosis is greatly abused in occupational disease cases. Many attending physicians are not sufficiently well trained to arrive at a correct diagnosis and find it easier and, more profitable, immediately to attribute the pathology to the occupation of the patient rather than even attempt to determine the exact cause.

How Sound is measured

The unit of measurement is the decibel. This unit has no fixed value. Rather, it represents a ratio of one value to another. It closely approximates a ration of sound intensities which can be detected by the ear as mere noticeable differences in loudness. A sound of 120 decibels above the threshold of normal hearing is so loud that it is uncomfortable to the average ear. A sound of 140 decibels is likely to be acutely painful.

From the standpoint of impaired hearing, it has been heretofore established that a hearing loss of 100 decibels from normal is considered to represent total deafness. We have, by decibel measurement, therefore, a practical rating scale upon which may be determined injurious exposure, and, at the same time, a practical way of measure hearing impairment by contrasting it with the norm or “zero.” Settling with personal injury claims will not be easy. But things will be much easier with the help of an attorney.

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