Can you make an industrial hearing loss claim?
Each person’s situation is unique, which is why we believe it’s always best to get tailored legal advice before you make the decision to start a hearing loss compensation claim. To help you get started, we offer a free and fast no obligation assessment of your claim over the phone.
Our specialists will go through a range of questions to get a clear understanding of your situation before explaining which legal options are available to you.
Assess if you suffer from hearing loss
Below is a list of common questions we use to identify if you have hearing loss:
- Do your family members complain that you talk loudly?
- Do you have the television on at its full volume?
- Do you have trouble hearing the telephone when it rings?
- Do you have problems hearing other people speak because of background noises?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, it is likely that you do have an issue with your hearing.
If you suspect that your hearing loss is a result of your current or previous work environment, and you are considering claiming compensation, ask yourself the following questions: If you answered ‘no’ to any of the questions, your employer might not have done enough to protect you. If you suffer from hearing loss that you believe has been caused at work, then get in touch. We will assess if you can claim compensation, and what amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Assess if you can claim compensation
If you suspect that your hearing loss is a result of your current or previous work environment, and you are considering claiming compensation, ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered ‘no’ to any of the questions, your employer might not have done enough to protect you.
If you suffer from hearing loss that you believe has been caused at work, then get in touch. We will assess if you can claim compensation, and what amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
What to do when you notice industrial hearing loss symptoms
You will need to take action if you believe your hearing has been affected as a result of your work. Industrial hearing loss symptoms will usually start off being temporary but can worsen over time. If ignored, symptoms can become permanent.
If you are still working you should inform your employer immediately of your symptoms. Your employer should assess your exposure to noise and provide you with the right protection to prevent your condition from worsening.
You should also visit your GP for an official diagnosis and possible treatment to help alleviate your symptoms.
To receive compensation for the hearing loss you have suffered, get in touch. We can’t help you reverse your hearing damage, but with a hearing loss claim we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Your employer's responsibility in regard to hearing loss
Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, businesses are required to protect the health and safety of all of its employees by managing noise levels in the workplace.
If your workplace has a lot of loud noise, your employer should:
- Act to reduce noise exposure
- Provide protective equipment
- Ensure legal limits of noise exposure are not exceeded
- Monitor and maintain all equipment and machinery
- Provide health and safety information and training to all staff exposed to noisy environments
- Carry out health surveillance on employees at risk
If your employer doesn’t do all of the above, they are likely failing to protect you.
If their negligence has caused you to suffer from permanent or disabling hearing damage, we can help you claim compensation.
Time limits for making a hearing loss compensation claim
Employers have been made aware of the serious effects excessive noise levels have on their employees’ hearing since 1963. If you’re suffering from hearing loss after being exposed to excessive noise since then, we may be able to help you.
We will help you assess if you are within the right time frame for making a compensation claim, as the rules to this can be quite complex. There is not a strict hearing loss claim time limit, as hearing loss can take years to develop.
Our industrial disease solicitors will gain a full understanding of your past working conditions and employment history to establish your eligibility to start your hearing loss claim.
Noise induced hearing loss and acoustic shock
What is noise induced hearing loss?
Noise induced hearing loss is caused by repeated noise exposure in a work environment.
If you have worked in a loud environment, close to noisy machinery and equipment, it may have caused or worsened your noise induced hearing loss. This could be on a construction site, an office, or even the military.
When you suffer from noise induced hearing loss, the cells inside your inner ear are damaged leading to you hearing ringing, buzzing or muffling.
You may not be able to hear your children very well, or visit busy restaurants with your friends. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your life, as it can prevent you from doing things you used to have no problem doing.
If your employer has failed to put adequate policies in place to reduce or control loud noise, or failed to provide you with the right hearing protection, we can help you with your hearing loss claim for compensation.
What is acoustic shock?
Another type of hearing loss is acoustic shock, which is a condition caused by one extremely loud noise.
The suddenness and volume of certain noises can be very traumatic to your hearing and it can cause people to experience a number of symptoms, such as:
- Ear pain
- Jaw and neck pain
- Hypersensitive hearing
These symptoms can be very uncomfortable, and can affect people’s social and work lives.
Acoustic shock most commonly happens to staff in call centres using headsets. Using headsets all day increases the likelihood of someone being exposed to a loud and unexpected noise.
There is no cure for acoustic shock, and symptoms can be permanent.
In any profession, your employer should take steps to make sure you are protected from acoustic shock. If they don’t, they risk you suffering from any or all of the above symptoms.
Starting the hearing loss claims process won’t improve your hearing, but it will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Get started with your industrial hearing claim
Industrial deafness claims with AWH Solicitors
Our industrial disease solicitors are committed to helping people like you get the result they deserve.
We believe no one should have to suffer the pain and frustration of industrial hearing loss.
We have successfully helped many clients with industrial hearing loss claim the compensation they deserve, and we want to do the same for you.
At AWH we pride ourselves on being transparent with our clients. We’ll always make sure you understand where your case is up to, what you will likely be able to claim and what success you have of making a successful claim.
- Hearing loss compensation claims, how long does it take?
This can vary from case to case depending on the number of companies claimed against, the available evidence and the particular complexities of your industrial hearing loss claim.
At AWH Solicitors, our industrial disease solicitors will always keep you in the loop of any developments in your claim.
- Industrial hearing loss, how much can I claim?
This varies depending on the diagnosis provided by the medical expert, whether there is a tinnitus diagnosis and the need for hearing aids.
The risk of the claim also needs taking into account.
If you want to understand more about how much you can claim in your specific situation get in touch. Our experts will generally be able to give you a clear idea of what you can expect when you choose to go ahead with your claim for industrial hearing loss compensation.
- What are the compensation claim time limits?
Claims must be brought to Court within 3 years of the date that you noticed a problem with your hearing and suspected that noise exposure was the cause.
There is no hearing loss claim time limit from the time of exposure.
If you have first started noticing your hearing loss symptoms caused at your place of work then we can help you.
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- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
- Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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