Hearing Loss Claims
The Compensation Experts work with East Midland’s leading personal injury lawyers. Whether you are in Nottingham, Loughborough, Mansfield, Grantham, Newark-on-Trent or elsewhere in the East Midlands, we can give you direct access to experienced compensation solicitors who can help you obtain maximum payment for your hearing loss claim.
Work-related hearing loss makes up nearly three-quarters of all industrial illness compensation claims every year. If your hearing has been damaged due to excessive exposure to loud noises, 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 is exposed to excessively loud noise (over 80 decibels) in their workplace for prolonged periods of time, it can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. This condition is referred to 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, having 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 is typically caused by exposure to loud noise over a period, Acoustic Shock is hearing loss resulting from a single incident, for example, feedback from a poor-quality headset that gives feedback, shouting or an explosion.
Acoustic shock is a leading cause of hearing loss among call centre workers. Health and Safety recommendations are that staff should have headsets which block any noise above 118 decibels. However, it is cheaper to buy headphones without this feature and 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 suffered tinnitus. Tinnitus is not silence, but a high pitched sound like ringing or a whistle, which may initially appear to be coming from an external source.
In its mildest form, tinnitus will go within 12-24 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.
The Compensation Experts can help a victim of hearing loss in any industry, but the highest number of instances of industrial deafness come from construction, manufacturing, call centres, and music industries. Knowledge about 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.
For a hearing loss claim to be successful you will need to prove that your condition is genuine and that it was the result of your employer’s negligence in either informing you of the risks or providing you with adequate safety equipment to protect your hearing. As the claimant, the onus is on you to prove you were not at fault, or at least not entirely to blame for your injury.
The Compensation Experts will help by speaking with witnesses and gathering the evidence to support the validity of your claim. We appreciate the impact loss of hearing can have on a person’s life, even if it is only temporary. Therefore, we take every step to make sure you have every opportunity to obtain maximum compensation for your injury.
You can help your case progress faster with these helpful actions:
- Notify your employer as soon as you notice your hearing loss and request a Health and Safety assessment of your workstation and equipment. If you don’t make this request 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 in the UK reports that the loudest jobs can be found in glass bottling plants and around saws and cutting machinery, where 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 on a day-to-day basis. 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 is required to measure noise levels in a work environment as part of their risk assessment and 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, regularly using a headset to take phone calls from the public and radio calls from police officers.
When the claim was presented to them, lawyers representing the police force initially denied liability, stating 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 which 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 had failed in their duty of care and 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 twenty years. It was only after he changed jobs to work in a quieter environment that the extent of the damage to his hearing 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, and 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 received adequate protection from the noise produced by machinery which 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, and to make 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!
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 and advise 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, and 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, making certain you understand the process and what to expect next.
The amount of compensation you will 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 or 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, but 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 undertaking 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 a peaceful sleep.
Can usually be heard even 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, with sufferers reporting depression, 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 claimants for total deafness caused by a workplace accident have received up to £83,000, and over £100,000 for victims who have lost both hearing and speech. These amounts may not related to your particular injury so talk to our team of expert solicitors who can give you a more accurate idea of how much your claim could potentially be worth.
Claiming Compensation for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
The biggest reason a compensation claim will fail is that there is insufficient evidence to prove working conditions caused the hearing loss. You will need to show evidence of:
- Your employment. Payslips or an employment contract may suffice.
- Medical results that show the level of hearing loss. This measurement is typically done in the form of an audiology test.
- The existence of excessive noise in your working environment that caused your NIHL. This proof is the part that takes the most time. It is important to be thorough to ensure the other party 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 is a way of drawing a line underneath your injury or illness. It is not possible to ask for more compensation at a later date if you discover your hearing loss or tinnitus is worse than initially believed. 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, and 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 to ensure your claim is a success.
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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.
How does the process work?
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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