Industrial deafness compensation claims

Our specialist No Win, No Fee solicitors can help you make a compensation claim if you suffer from industrial deafness due to someone else's negligence.

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A guide to making an industrial deafness compensation claim

Industrial deafness, also known as 'occupational deafness' and 'noise induced hearing loss' refers to an individual losing their hearing as a result of being subjected to high levels of noise in the workplace.

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Industrial deafness symptoms

If you feel your hearing has been damaged due to excessive noise at work, you could experience some of the following tell-tale signs and symptoms:

  • Lack of hearing in one or both ears
  • Missing part or full sentences in conversations
  • Struggling to hear speech when there is background noise
  • Having to turn the television or radio up to a particularly high volume
  • Hearing a constant ringing, buzzing, whistling, hissing or droning sound in one or both ears (this usually refers to tinnitus)

Causes of industrial deafness

Industrial deafness can occur when a person is subjected to loud noise. This is usually over a long period of time where the person was not wearing sufficient ear protection.

In addition, hearing problems like acoustic shock can occur from being subjected to just one extremely loud noise.

There are certain occupations where workers are at a higher risk of developing industrial deafness.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Construction workers
  • Engineers
  • Factory workers

Industrial deafness claims process

The claims process for industrial deafness compensation can be broken down into three stages: Getting a diagnosis, demonstrating the cause and establishing liability.

Getting a diagnosis

As industrial deafness is a 'latency' disease, it can take many years for the symptoms to show after the initial damage is caused. Subsequently, many sufferers simply put the symptoms down to old age or other causes rather than their former employment.

If you feel your hearing could have been damaged due to your previous employment then you should get in touch asap to discuss the matter further with our industrial deafness experts.

Demonstrating the cause

Once we have established that you do indeed suffer from industrial deafness, the claim will then focus on demonstrating the cause of your condition.

One of the most common causes of industrial deafness is the lack of training provided by the employer, or the lack of protective equipment given to employees.

During the initial phase of the claim process we will request a full medical report, which will help to establish what the cause of the condition was e.g. a construction worker who was subject to excessive noise over a long period of time without protection.

Establishing liability

The next step is to establish exactly who was at fault for the hearing loss - this could be the employer for not providing adequate ear protection.

What are an employers' legal duties?

According to the Health and Safety at Work Act, all employers have a legal 'duty of care' to make sure that their employees are safe while at work.

In terms of industrial deafness there are now much stricter rules and regulations in place than in the past, with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 helping to ensure workers' hearing is protected from excessive noise in the workplace.

In order to comply with the regulations, your employer has to carry out regular and thorough risk assessments and assess the levels of noise. Procedures to manage the risk should then be put in place to protect employees - e.g. providing ear protection to factory workers if they work close to loud machines all day.

Employers must make all reasonable efforts to manage the level of noise in the workplace and keep it below the legal limit (80 - 85 decibels). Measures they can take to achieve this can include:

  • Using quieter machinery
  • Installing barriers and absorbent materials
  • Shortening working periods
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) i.e. earplugs

As well as this, employers also have to provide their staff with training on the risks, regularly monitor the risks and the health of their employees.

If your employer fails in their legal duty then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

How to make a claim

Contact us and one of our dedicated Solicitors will be able to guide you through the legal process from start to finish with the least disruption to you.

Please note that strict time frames apply when making any Personal Injury Claim so time is of the essence.

Your case will be dealt with on a No Win No Fee Basis - meaning you pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful

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We work on a No Win No Fee basis, so if you're claim is not successful you don't pay anything.

Find out if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation below...