Hearing Loss Compensation
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with the UK’s leading personal injury lawyers in hearing loss claims. Wherever you are in the UK, we can give you access to compensation solicitors with years of experience, in order to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Work-related hearing loss makes up nearly three-quarters of all industrial disease claims every year. Hearing loss can vastly reduce your quality of life and may make everyday tasks more difficult. If excessive or sudden exposure to loud noises has damaged your hearing, then contact one of our advisors. We can assist in a wide range of hearing claim types, including conditions such as acoustic shock and tinnitus.
What is a Hearing Loss Claim?
A hearing loss claim allows a person to receive compensation should their hearing have suffered due to the negligence of somebody else. The ear is made up of multiple delicate parts. If any of these parts become damaged, the ability to hear may be affected or lost completely. A loss of hearing could not only make it hard to return to work but it could also mean that your life is significantly impacted. You may find it difficult to continue with your hobbies, you may struggle to complete everyday tasks and may be unable to hear the voices of your loved ones.
Whilst compensation cannot make up for these things, a successful hearing loss claim can go some way to supporting you, covering any associated medical costs, paying for any support needed and offering damages for changes to your lifestyle.
Types of Hearing Loss Claims
Your hearing can be damaged in numerous ways, with varying degrees of severity. The most common types of hearing loss claims are:
Industrial Deafness Claims
When a person has excessive exposure to loud noise (over 80 decibels) in their workplace for long periods of time, it can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. This condition is known as industrial deafness.
Early symptoms of industrial deafness include having 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 in order to get your attention. It may also feel like sounds are muffled or far away.
Unlike industrial deafness, which occurs due to exposure to loud noise over a long period of time, acoustic shock occurs after one incident. For example, experiencing hearing loss due to feedback from a poor-quality headset, shouting or an explosion.
Acoustic shock is a leading cause of hearing loss amongst call centre workers. Health and Safety recommendations state that staff should have headsets which block noise above 118 decibels. However, it is cheaper to buy headphones without this therefore, many call centres choose to ignore this.
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 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 vary in volume. Tinnitus claims are therefore common amongst those who work within the live music and entertainment industries.
The severity of tinnitus is categorised between 1 and 5, with one having the least impact, and five significantly affecting every aspect of a sufferer’s life.
Only noticeable in very quiet environments. Does not prevent a sufferer from sleeping or doing their normal work or leisure activities.
Occasionally noticeable in quiet environments, 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.
Severe tinnitus is always noticeable, even in loud environments. Can prevent sleep and interfere with daily activities. Some hearing loss may also accompany severe tinnitus.
This level of tinnitus is extremely rare and can be very painful. Sufferers may experience depression, and an inability to concentrate on activities like driving or watching television. It affects every aspect of life.
Hearing Loss at Work
The most common cause of hearing loss is due to the workplace. The Compensation Experts can help victims of hearing loss claim the compensation they deserve. The highest number of industrial deafness cases come from the construction, manufacturing, call centre, and music industries.
Whilst knowledge of the damage of long term exposure to loud noises, and the benefits of protective equipment is improving, 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.
Your Employer’s Responsibility
An employer has a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their staff. Your employer must measure noise levels as part of their risk assessment. They are also required to take 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 such as earplugs or sound filtering headsets
- Replacing machinery or adapting it to make it quieter
- Adding sound-absorbing materials and use barriers
Am I Eligible to Make a Hearing Loss Claim?
To be eligible to make a hearing loss or industrial deafness claim, your hearing loss must have occurred as a result of somebody else’s negligence, whether this is at work or otherwise. In the case of hearing loss claims, negligence usually arises when an employer has failed to carry out a risk assessment of a workplace or put the necessary procedures in place to protect their employee’s hearing. Outside of the workplace, hearing loss may occur as a result of a loud noise from a singular incident. If this incident could have been avoided, you may be eligible to make a claim.
In order to find out whether you are eligible to make a hearing loss claim, contact The Compensation Experts. A member of our team will discuss the details of your case with you, asking any necessary questions before determining whether you are eligible to claim industrial deafness or hearing loss compensation.
What is the Time Limit to Make a Hearing Loss Claim?
As in all negligence cases, the time limit to make a hearing loss claim is 3 years from the date of the incident or the date of diagnosis of a hearing loss condition. Court proceedings must begin within this 3-year timescale in order for compensation to be claimed. In more complex cases where hearing loss and the circumstances surrounding this need to be investigated further, the deadline may be extended. This will, however, be up to the courts and decided on a case by case basis.
Hearing Loss Claim Amounts
It is hard to give an estimate of how much money you can expect to receive when making a hearing loss compensation claim. What you can be sure of is that The Compensation Experts will work to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Compensation amounts will be calculated to reflect the effect your injury has had on your life, taking into account loss of earnings, medical costs, impact on social life and many other factors.
Recent compensation payments for tinnitus have ranged from £2,500 to £35,000, while claims for industrial deafness have received up to £83,000.
Talk to our panel of experts to get a more accurate idea of how much your hearing loss claim could be worth.
Hearing Loss Claims Case Studies
The personal injury lawyers we work with at The Compensation Experts have extensive experience in hearing loss claims, helping those living with industrial deafness, acoustic shock or tinnitus to get the compensation they deserve.
One example featured a police constable who worked within the communications division. He was regularly required to use a headset to take phone calls from the public and radio calls from police officers.
When the claim began, lawyers representing the police force denied liability. They stated that they had taken all 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 the client and discovered several of them were also suffering from recurring tinnitus and hearing loss.
As part of their evidence gathering, lawyers got an 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 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 who worked at the same company for more than 20 years. It was only after he changed jobs to somewhere quieter 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 tests proved the extent of his hearing loss. This meant that his lawyers were able to build a claim proving negligence on behalf of his previous 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.
Making a Hearing Loss Claim
In order to make a hearing loss claim, you will need to prove that your condition is genuine and that it occurred as a result of somebody else’s negligence. This could be an employer not informing you of the risks of your role, or not providing you with safety equipment to protect your hearing. You have to prove the injury was not your fault, or at least not entirely your fault.
The Compensation Experts will speak to witnesses and gather evidence to support your claim. We appreciate how hearing loss can impact a person’s life, even if it is only temporary. We, therefore, take every step to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
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 are in glass bottling plants and around saws and cutting machinery. In these environments, sound levels can reach 107 decibels.
- See a doctor for tests, so there is medical evidence.
- Keep notes about 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.
At The Compensation Experts, we work on a No Win No Fee* (*Conditions may apply. Please see details at the bottom of the page) basis, making legal representation available to anyone who needs it. An added benefit is the reassurance that we will do everything we can to obtain compensation for you.
In order to begin your hearing loss claim, contact The Compensation Experts. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation during which we will assess the circumstances surrounding your injury. We will then allocate a solicitor who has experience in hearing loss claims, who will be able to help navigate you through the process.
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 it may have caused you. Claims may also cover private medical treatment or prescription costs.
We can’t reverse time and prevent your injury from occurring, but we can certainly help to make your future easier.
Please bear in mind, it is not possible to ask for more compensation at a later date if you discover your hearing loss is worse than initially thought. A judge’s decision is also final, so if you are unable to prove the link, then your claim may be rejected or you may receive a lower compensation amount than is appropriate. You will not be able to change this.
To help make sure that this is not the case, choose The Compensation Experts. We carry out a thorough investigation before proceeding with claims and employ a team of experienced solicitors to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
Get in touch today to find out whether you can make a hearing loss or tinnitus claim. We are here to assist with advice, support, and top-quality legal representation.
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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 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.
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. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when. 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 a claim. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
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We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. However, if your claim is successful we will charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded and if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends then you may be liable to pay basic charges in addition to this.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information you provide, which helps us to determine its likely success rate.
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Each client has their own Personal Injury lawyer who will work on the case from start to finish. They will also be there every step of the way. The client will have a direct phone number and direct email address of the lawyer.
Expert Hearing Loss Claims Advisors Working For You
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, so if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
However, you should be aware that the panel of solicitors we work with may charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded if your claim is successful. Further, if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends you may also be liable to pay basic charges including (but not exclusively) disbursements, and barrister’s fees.
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