Noise Induced Hearing Loss Compensation Claims
Noise Induced Hearing Loss Compensation Claims
Every day, we experience sound in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Generally, these sounds are at harmless levels that don’t damage our hearing. But sounds can be harmful when they are excessively loud, even for a brief time, or when they are both loud and long-lasting. These sounds can damage delicate structures in the inner ear and cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). Symptoms of noise induced hearing loss include a gradual awareness of hearing difficulty and or ringing noises in the ear. NIHL or industrial deafness, caused by extreme exposure to noise continues to be one of the most prevalent occupational conditions and occurs across a wide spectrum of industries in the UK.
We often underestimate the risks and threats to our hearing capability, but, in reality our ears – one of the most important sense organs – are incredibly sensitive. We are abusing our ears every day, unknowingly, and numerous individuals are astounded to find that their workplaces have brought about irreversible hearing impairment, which is referred as being “noise induced”. In any event, if you have been exposed to hazardous levels of noise at work, causing deafness or hearing loss, you have the privilege to claim for noise induced hearing loss against the employer/organization, who is to blame for your medical condition.
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Why Should I Make A Compensation Claim For Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
If you’ve suffered NIHL because of something your employer did, or didn’t do, you are entitled to make an industrial disease claim for compensation. Keeping you safe from illness and injury at work is your employer’s responsibility, and the rules about what they are and are obliged to do are laid out by the Health and Safety Executive.
If your claim for noise induced hearing loss is honest, then you deserve to be compensated for the discomfort and suffering you’ve experienced because of someone else’s negligence. The compensation you receive is intended to help you concentrate on your recovering phase. However, that’s not all. If your household depends on your income, and it’s no longer coming in to the family, then this needs to be reflected too. In circumstances like this, noise induced hearing loss compensation is designed to cover medical expenses, bills, food, council tax and the like, until you get your life back to normal.
In addition, noise induced hearing loss compensation is not just about the money. For many, it is an acknowledgement of what you went through, an admittance of responsibility, and this can lead to modifications in procedure that could help avoid the same mistake happening to some other employee in the future.
If you’re not sure about whether you can claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to have a no obligation chat with one of our legally trained industrial disease solicitors, who will be able to help you and guide you with your claim.
When Can I Make A Noise Induced Hearing Loss Compensation Claim?
Employers have a responsibility to provide their employees with protective tools, training and guidance to avoid hearing loss at work environment, exclusively if the employees are spending a substantial part of their day in a noisy environment. Hearing loss is irreversible, hence it is really vital that employers monitor the accurate measures to minimalize the risk of their workforces developing industrial hearing loss. If your employer/organization is found to be negligent in their duty to offer protection, information and equipment you required, and you or your colleagues have suffered as a result, get in touch with Turner White Solicitors to make noise induced hearing loss claims today.
Unfortunately, all types of workplace negligence can lead to hearing loss. However, some of the most common work environment, where employees often suffer from noise induced hearing loss and our solicitors have extensively dealt with are:
- Rail Industry
- Steel Industry
- Textile Industry
- Transport Industry
- Automotive Industry
- Coal Mining Industry
- Construction Industry
- Glass Manufacturing Industry
If in any case, you have suffered hearing loss in a different type of work environment, which is not listed above, do not hesitate to get in touch with our solicitors; we will show you whether you have a valid case for compensation, and if so, we will support you throughout your NIHL claim. Dedicated to attaining compensation and justice for wounded workers, our expert NIHL solicitors will ensure that you are completely compensated for any medical or financial issues caused.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
The amount of noise induced hearing loss compensation awarded in industry-related hearing loss claims depends on a number of different aspects. These aspects can include the severity of the injury caused, your income, the effect the damage has had on your life outside work, and whether the industrial disease needed further treatment and care.
You can find out how much claim you’re entitled to by getting in touch with one of our leading solicitors today on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you. We will be able to give you an indication of the potential value of your claim. However, if you want to get an estimated settlement figure before you contact us, you can always use our interactive compensation calculator to find out how much compensation you might be entitled to.
Is There A Time Limit For Noise Induced Hearing Loss Compensation Claims?
Yes. In the UK, the standard time limit within which an industrial disease claim can be filed is 3 years. If legal proceedings are not started within 3 years, the case is considered time barred and you are no longer entitled to claim for compensation. The 3-year deadline starts either from the date that the accident happened or from the date when it was established that your disease was directly/indirectly linked to the your present or past working environment, which is also known as ‘date of knowledge’.
Moreover, the 3 years’ time limit typically start to run from the date of diagnosis, but it may be earlier than this if you have already acknowledged a connection between your symptoms and its causes.
In any kind of industrial disease circumstances, it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This is because the details are more likely to be fresh in your mind, so it will be easier to recall. In addition, the paperwork you’ve had that related to your industrial disease will be close to hand.
For a free consultation about an occupational noise induced hearing loss claim for compensation, call our No Win No Fee industrial disease solicitors on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or start your claim online and we will call you.
When you contact us, you don't have to start your noise induced hearing loss claim for compensation process immediately. Therefore, if you're unsure whether you're ready to step on the first stages of your compensation claim, or whether your disease was caused because of someone else's fault, Turner White Solicitors can provide you the necessary guidance and suggestion you need to establish your claim and know that we will not force you to start a claim.