If you have suffered from industrial deafness, do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 0149565 for advice on claiming the compensation that you deserve.
Industrial Deafness Claims
Hearing loss or damage, caused by years of exposure to loud and sustained noise at work, can have a life changing effect.
True Solicitors LLP team of expert personal injury lawyers are experienced in recovering compensation for those dealing with industrial deafness, tinnitus and acoustic trauma.
What is industrial deafness?
Industrial deafness refers to damage caused to the inner ear, as a result of working in an environment of loud and sustained noise.
Industrial deafness typically effects those working in industries such as:
- Power stations
- Stone cutting and quarrying
What are the symptoms of industrial deafness?
If you are suffering from industrial deafness you are likely to have any of the following symptoms:
- Temporary or permanent lack of hearing
- Difficulty participating in a conversation when there is background noise
- Feeling the need to turn the sound up high for the TV or radio in order to hear properly
- Difficulty to hear out of one or both ears
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be a debilitating condition where sufferers can hear a whooshing, ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in one or both ears, sometimes permanently. This can affect your ability to concentrate, sleep and can cause further problems you’re your hearing. Tinnitus is often caused as a result of being exposed to periods of intense noise, so can also be classed as industrial deafness.
What is Acoustic Trauma?
Acoustic trauma is less common and is caused by sudden, unexpected loud noise. This can happen to call centre workers using a headset due to sudden feedback and can perforate an eardrum in extreme circumstances.
What responsibilities does my employer have?
Your employer has a legal responsibility to supply you with appropriate ear protection, and to inform and train you on how to use the equipment correctly. The Control of Noise at Work Regulation, introduced in 20015, was brought in to protect employees from extreme exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace. The regulation stipulates that, in workplaces where noise levels rise above 80dB, employers must legally input measures to reduce volume levels, or provide adequate hearing protection.
If an employer fails to follow the Control of Noise at Work Regulation by not controlling noise levels, or by failing to provide employees with appropriate protective equipment, they will be in breach of the regulation. You may therefore be eligible to pursue a claim against your employer if you have suffered hearing loss or deafness as a result of their negligence.
Is there a time limit for making an industrial hearing loss claim?
If you believe that you have lost or damaged your hearing, due to your working environment, you have up to three years from the date you first noticed a change in your ability to hear to submit a claim.
How do I claim for hearing loss?
If you’re suffering from industrial related hearing loss TRUE Solicitors LLP are here to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injury.
Our experienced personal injury team will ensure that you get an appointment with a specialist medical expert who will review your condition. We will also arrange for you to receive any treatment that may help your condition, and hearing aids if these are required. Finally, we will ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered from industrial deafness, do not hesitate to contact us on 0344 854 7000 for advice on claiming the compensation that you deserve. You can also fill out our free enquiry form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to take action. Remember: no win, no fee.
Submit Your Claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
How long will my claim take?
Hearing loss claims can be complicated especially where it is not clear what caused the hearing loss, or where there may be a number of employers at fault. If your claim is straightforward then it could be settled within months, however more complicated cases can take longer than a year to settle.