How Can I Claim for Industrial Deafness?
Your employer doesn’t just have a moral obligation to ensure the workplace is safe; they have a legal responsibility to do so. Industrial deafness is one of many ways employees can be harmed by working in a dangerous environment. If you’re affected by noise-induced hearing loss, suffering partial deafness or muffled hearing, then talk to The Compensation Experts for legal advice on making a compensation claim for industrial deafness.
What is Industrial Deafness?
Industrial deafness, which can also be referred to as occupational hearing loss, is a condition that can affect employees regularly exposed to noise over 80 dB for a prolonged duration. Some environments, such as factories, mines and quarries, and building sites, are naturally noisy, and the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 was written to protect employees from risks associated with working around loud machinery. Industrial deafness can be permanent but, if identified and treated early, does not need to be.
Acoustic shock syndrome is a type of industrial deafness which is becoming prevalent among workers in call centres. Employers should provide them with headsets that stop noises above a certain level (118 decibels) being transmitted. Unfortunately, not all employers are aware of this requirement or want to cut costs. They use cheaper headsets without this feature, leaving their unsuspecting employees vulnerable to acoustic shock syndrome if there is loud feedback or if the person at the other end shouts or plays a loud noise down the phone.
Early symptoms of industrial deafness include:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) when associated with other hearing loss
- Temporary deafness for a few hours after exposure to loud noise
- Muffled hearing affecting a person’s ability to hear some parts of a conversation or music, particularly if the pitch is high.
Industrial Deafness Claims
To have a valid claim for compensation, you need to demonstrate that you have suffered a genuine injury. Physical damage is easy to prove in the case of a fractured limb, but not as straightforward for industrial deafness which is why it is important to have a personal injury lawyer with experience in this area.
To help strengthen your claim it is important you see your GP as soon as you suspect you may be affected. They can either diagnose your condition or refer you to a hearing specialist for diagnosis and treatment. You should also keep evidence of your working conditions including reporting incidents to your employer and keeping a diary noting when you have noticed your hearing has been affected (for example, if it happens after working with specific equipment).
Not only do you need to prove your hearing has been affected, but you also need to show this happened because your employer was negligent in protecting you. It may be that they did not provide you with the correct protective gear, that they did not undertake an adequate risk assessment, that your concerns regarding safety were ignored, or a combination of all of these.
The Compensation Experts works with some of the UK’s leading personal injury solicitors who have the skill and experience you need to obtain maximum compensation. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
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We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
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