Hearing Loss Claims
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with the UK’s leading personal injury lawyers. Wherever you are in the UK, we can give you direct access to compensation solicitors with years of experience. They may be able to help you get the maximum amount for your hearing loss claim.
Work-related hearing loss makes up nearly three-quarters of all industrial illness compensation claims every year. If excessive exposure to loud noises has damaged your hearing, then ask our legal advisors for a free consultation. We can assist in claims for all types of industrial deafness and hearing loss, including conditions like Acoustic Shock and tinnitus.
Types of Hearing Loss Claims
When a person experiences excessive exposure to loud noise (over 80 decibels) in their workplace for prolonged periods of time, it can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. This condition is known as industrial deafness.
Early symptoms of industrial deafness include the need to increase the volume on your phone or television, struggling to hear people speak when there is background noise, and people having to say your name repeatedly to get your attention. It may feel like sounds are muffled or coming from far away.
Unlike industrial deafness, which exposure to loud noise over a period typically causes, Acoustic Shock is hearing loss which happens after a single incident. For example, feedback from a poor-quality headset, shouting or an explosion.
Acoustic shock is a leading cause of hearing loss among call centre workers. Health and Safety recommendations state that staff should have headsets which block any noise above 118 decibels. However, it is cheaper to buy headphones without this feature. Employers sometimes prefer to risk their employee’s hearing for the sake of saving money on protective equipment.
If you have ever heard live music up close, or been too near a speaker in a nightclub, you may have experienced tinnitus. Tinnitus is not silence, but a high-pitched sound like ringing or a whistle. It may initially appear to be coming from an external source.
In its mildest form, tinnitus will go within 24 hours of being in a quiet environment, but more severe cases can be permanent. Tinnitus can affect one or both ears and may fluctuate in volume.
Hearing Loss at Work
The Compensation Experts can help a victim of hearing loss in any industry. However, the highest number of industrial deafness cases come from construction, manufacturing, call centres, and music industries. Knowledge of the damage of long term exposure and the benefits of adequate protective equipment is improving; however, figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that there are around 18,000 people in the UK who have suffered work-related deafness or had an existing hearing problem made worse due to poor working conditions.
Claiming for hearing loss at work
For a hearing loss claim to be successful you will need to prove that your condition is genuine and that it was as a result of your employer’s negligence. This can be either not informing you of the risks or not providing you with adequate safety equipment to protect your hearing. As the claimant, you have to prove the injury was not your fault, or it was at least not entirely your fault.
The Compensation Experts will speak to witnesses and gather evidence to support the validity of your claim. We appreciate how hearing loss can impact a person’s life, even if it is only temporary. Therefore, we take every step to see if you can claim the maximum compensation for your injury.
You can help progress your case faster with these helpful actions:
- Notify your employer as soon as you notice your hearing loss. Also, request a Health and Safety assessment of your workstation and equipment. If you don’t request this in writing, keep a record of when you did it and who you spoke to.
- Employers are bound by law (the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005) to take action when noise created by machinery and equipment goes above 80 decibels. The Health and Safety Executive reports that the loudest jobs can be found in glass bottling plants and around saws and cutting machinery. In these environments, sound levels can reach 107 decibels.
- See a doctor for the relevant tests, so there is medical evidence.
- Keep notes about your working environment and how your hearing is affected daily. Take photos or make notes about the machinery or equipment, as well as any protective gear you use, such as noise-cancelling headphones or headsets with acoustic limiters.
- Take proactive steps to protect your hearing.
Your Employer’s Responsibility
Your employer must measure noise levels in a work environment as part of their risk assessment. They also have to take appropriate steps to protect workers’ hearing when the volume regularly reaches 80 or 85 decibels (industry dependent). These measures can include:
- Reducing working hours to limit exposure to noise
- Providing protective equipment like earplugs or sound filtering headsets
- Replace machinery or adapt it to make it quieter
- Add sound-absorbing materials and use barriers
Hearing Loss Claims Case Studies
The personal injury lawyers we work with at The Compensation Experts have extensive experience in successfully claiming compensation for people living with industrial hearing loss.
A typical example featured a police constable who worked in the communications division. He was regularly using a headset to take phone calls from the public and radio calls from police officers.
When the claim began, lawyers representing the police force initially denied liability. They stated that they had taken all reasonable Health and Safety precautions and that the level of noise could not be considered “excessive”. Lawyers acting on behalf of the claimant contacted some current and former colleagues of their client and discovered several of them were also suffering from recurring tinnitus and hearing loss.
As part of their evidence gathering, lawyers obtained an expert engineer’s report. It verified the headset used by the client had no noise limiter, and that volumes were often more than 87 decibels. This report was enough to prove the police force in question failed in their duty of care. It also proved that the claimant’s hearing loss could have been prevented. They reached a compensation agreement out of court.
Another example of a hearing loss claim was a construction worker employed by the same company for more than 20 years. It was only after he changed jobs to work in a quieter environment that the damage became apparent. He had assumed his inability to hear people speaking was due to the noise of a construction site. But when he found himself struggling to hear properly even without the background noise, he sought professional advice.
Specialist medical tests proved the extent of the claimant’s loss. This meant that he and his lawyers were able to build a claim proving negligence on behalf of his employers, as it was only in the last four years that they had adequate protection from the noise produced by machinery. This machinery included pneumatic drills.
No Win No Fee* Hearing Loss Claims
At The Compensation Experts, we work on a No Win No Fee* basis to minimise any financial risk associated with making a claim. It also makes top-quality legal representation available to everyone who needs it. An added benefit for clients is the reassurance that we will do our utmost to obtain maximum compensation for you. Because if you don’t get paid then neither do we! *conditions apply
Your hearing loss compensation claim starts when you contact The Compensation Experts. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation where we will assess the circumstances around your injury. We will then advise you whether your claim has a strong likelihood of succeeding. You receive the same exceptional service under a No Win No Fee* agreement as if you were paying by any other method. You will be allocated a solicitor who has specific knowledge and experience of handling your particular type of claim. Together, we will keep you informed every step of the way.
The amount of compensation you may receive depends on the severity and permanence of your condition, what caused it, as well as any financial loss you have endured through being unable to work. It can also cover having to pay for private medical treatment or prescriptions. Our role as your legal team is to make sure you are aware of your rights, to represent your best interests, and to negotiate the highest amount of compensation possible. We can’t reverse time and prevent your injury from occurring, but we can certainly help make your future easier.
Compensation Payments for Hearing Loss Claims and Tinnitus Compensation
It is hard to give a close estimate of how much money you can expect a successful hearing loss compensation claim. What you can be sure of is that your payment won’t be a random amount. It will be calculated to reflect the physical and financial effect your injury has had on your life.
The severity of tinnitus is categorised between 1 and 5, with one having the least overall impact, and five significantly affecting every aspect of a sufferer’s life.
Only noticeable in very quiet environments. Does not prevent a suffer from sleeping or doing their normal work or leisure activities.
Occasionally noticeable in quiet environments like an office, but does not interfere with normal life. On rare occasions, may interrupt sleep.
Can usually be heard over sounds like traffic or group chatter. Does not prevent a sufferer from carrying on with their life as before.
Severe tinnitus is always noticeable, even in loud environments. Can prevent restful sleep and interfere with concentration and daily activities. Some hearing loss may also accompany severe tinnitus.
This level of tinnitus is extremely rare and can be very painful both physically and psychologically. Sufferers may experience depression, and an inability to concentrate on activities like driving or watching television. It affects every aspect of waking and sleeping life.
Recent compensation payments for tinnitus have ranged from £2,500 to £35,000, while claims for total deafness caused by work have received up to £83,000. These amounts may not relate to your particular injury so talk to our panel of experts who can give you a more accurate idea of how much your claim could be worth.
Claiming Compensation for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
To make a hearing loss claim, you must have sufficient evidence to prove working conditions caused the hearing loss. You will need to show evidence of:
- Your employment, for example, payslips or an employment contract.
- Medical results that show the level of hearing loss. This is usually an audiology test.
- The existence of excessive noise in your working environment that caused your NIHL. It is important to be thorough so your employer does not reject your claim or, if it goes to court, that the judge has the information they need to give you a fair assessment.
Accepting a compensation payment draws a line underneath your injury or illness. It is not possible to ask for more compensation at a later date if you discover your injury is worse than initially thought. Likewise, a judge’s decision is final. So if you are unable to prove the link, then they may reject their claim or decide a lower amount of compensation is appropriate. You will not be able to change this.
The easiest way to find out whether you can claim compensation for hearing loss or tinnitus is to talk to The Compensation Experts. We are here to assist with advice, support, and top-quality legal representation.
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Exceptions to this include industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In this case, you may have a longer period to claim.
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